Vitamin D is important for our bone and muscle health and may also play a role in the immune response after an infection. There has been lots of publicity around Vitamin D and COVID and the question has even been asked as to whether it can be used to treat or prevent COVID. There are so many different brands and different doses available – what is right for you?
Here are our recommendations on who should take Vitamin D supplements and how much:
Many Vitamin D brands contain animal products so check for vegetarian options.
Adults, young people and children over 4 years should consider taking a daily supplement of 10mcg (400 international units) of Vitamin D between October and early March.
Adults, young people and children over 4 years should consider taking a daily supplement of 10mg (400 international units) of Vitamin D throughout the year:
If they have little exposure or no sunshine exposure (eg housebound elderly).
If they have brown/black skin.
Children 1-4 years should have a daily supplement 10mcg (400units) Vitamin D throughout the year.
Babies from birth to 1 year should have a daily supplement 8.5mcg (340units) to 10mcg (400 units) of Vitamin D throughout the year if they are breastfed.