Vitamin D SUPPLEMENTS
I was fairly confident that I got my recommended dose of vitamin D from egg yolks and oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines. Eggs in the morning at home are fine but the guys in the office hate it when I crack open a tin of mackerel at lunch. Apparently, food sources are rarely enough to meet our requirements for vitamin D. The average intake from foods is only 3–5 micrograms per day. The official recommendation is that children and adults should be getting at least 10 micrograms per day (equal to 400 international units, or IU).
Known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, vitamin D is made in our skin in response to UVB rays from the sun. It’s amazing stuff and there are a litany of good reasons for getting as much as you can. It’s good for:
- bones and teeth
- growth, repair and reproduction
- heart health
So what can I do to ensure I get enough Vitamin D? Well, there are a variety of ways that you can up your intake. The main source is sunlight! A brisk 30 min walk in the early morning light provides a great boost to your Vitamin D levels. If the darker winter months are making you miss the summer sun, you
might want to invest in a lamp that may help combat the lack of
sunlight. The lamp gradually turns itself on, getting brighter and brighter, to mimic natural dawn sunrise. Eventually waking you up slowly before your alarm goes off. Research has shown
people feel more positive and find it easier to get out of bed in
the darker months after using it. Check out this TV documentary broadcast by the BBC in 2017, as they concur.
If you don’t think you’re getting enough Vitamin D from your diet or sunlight, you could try investing in a good supplement. Vega Vitamins sent me a Vitamin D supplement and asked me to try it out. Now, I’ve used tablets, effervescent tablets, powders and capsules, but this Vitamin D supplement is dispensed in a novel way. You spray it into the inside of your cheeks and try to avoid swallowing for 30 seconds. The quick burst of this vegan-friendly spray is absorbed into your blood stream quicker than swallowing a tablet.
So has it worked? Well, It’s a bit early to say and given my track record, the results would probably be skewed anyway. However, it is easy to have a quick blast in the morning and it tastes nice. In fact, it reminds me of breath fresheners. I don’t know if I need that, but the modern man about town can’t take these chances, especially if he has mackerel for lunch.
Vega Vitamins Every-Day D 50μg is a spray
Vitamin D3 Spray £5.95, vegavitamins.co.uk)
Also available in other formats.