Vitall wrote “Customers testing for Vitamin D with Vitall show that the UK average Vitamin D level is 76.8 nmol/L. This is inline with previous estimations, with as many as 21.9% of people having results indicating a deficiency.
We also found that this is slightly worse for men, with as many as one in five men tested having low levels of Vitamin D.”
After a long winter with very little sunshine more and more brits will probably find that they are deficient in Vitamin D which is needed for health and to maintain strong bones.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that your body produces when exposed to ultraviolet rays from sunlight. Vitamin D plays different important roles in your body. It promotes calcium absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, regulates your calcium and phosphate blood levels, acts on bone mineralization, growth, and remodelling, reduces inflammation, and modulates cell growth, neuromuscular function, and immunity.
Vitamin D deficiency can occur due to a low intake of vitamin D, reduced digestive absorption, not enough exposure to sunlight, or when your body cannot convert the inactive form of vitamin D to the biologically active one.
A lack of vitamin D is termed a vitamin D deficiency, and can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and several conditions in adults.
If you notice that you’re regularly becoming unwell, it could be a sign that you’re not getting enough vitamin D. Other symptoms can include muscle aches and weakness, waddling gait, chronic widespread pain or bone pain in lower back, pelvis and foot.
The NHS says taking too many vitamin D supplements over a long period of time can cause too much calcium to build up in the body which can weaken the bones and damage the kidneys and the heart.
The NHS lists foods such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and egg yolks as good sources of Vitamin D. Red meat, Liver and some breakfast cereals can also give you a boost of Vitamin D.