Health officials say that even in a normal Winter, everyone should take 10 micrograms of Vitamin D a day between October and March and it is particularly important this year because of coronavirus.
The United Kingdom is giving free vitamin D supplements to 2.5-M people who they deem are vulnerable to infections, including COVID-19.
This includes nursing home residents and people with serious health conditions who rarely get time outdoors in the Sun.
Since there is limited information on whether vitamin D can treat COVID, UK health secretary Matt Hancock has also called for a review into whether the “Sunshine vitamin” can reduce the risk of dying from COVID.
Health officials also said getting more vitamin D is still important for overall health. Their recommended dosage is just 400 IUs a day.
Vitamin D has 5 key roles in the body. It assists in:
- promoting healthy bones and teeth
- supporting immune, brain, and nervous system health
- regulating insulin levels and supporting diabetes management
- supporting lung function and cardiovascular health
- influencing the expression of genes involved in cancer development
The recommended daily intakes of vitamin D are as follows:
- Infants 0–12 months: 400 IU (10 mcg).
- Children 1–18 years: 600 IU (15 mcg).
- Adults up to 70 years: 600 IU (15 mcg).
- Adults over 70 years: 800 IU (20 mcg).
- Pregnant or lactating women: 600 IU (15 mcg).
Getting sufficient sunlight is the best way to help the body produce enough vitamin D. Plentiful food sources of vitamin D include:
- fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna
- egg yolks
- beef liver
- fortified milk
- fortified cereals and juices
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