Hello! This month is all about vitamins so lets talk about the sunshine vitamin – Vitamin D!
- Vitamin D is made by our body under the skin, in reaction to summer sunlight.
- Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods like oily fish (salmon), eggs and fortified foods like fat spreads and breakfast cereals.
- Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.
- A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain and tenderness as a result of a condition called osteomalacia in adults.
- The more melanin you have in your skin, the darker it is. Melanin reduces the skin’s ability to make vitamin D from the sun.
- A recent study suggests that a vitamin D supplement helped heart failure patients hearts ability to pump blood around the body, although more research is called for by the bhf.