6 in 60: Number 31 – Vitamin D


Hello! This month is all about vitamins so lets talk about the sunshine vitamin – Vitamin D!

  1. Vitamin D is made by our body under the skin, in reaction to summer sunlight.
  2. 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.
  3. Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

The Sources

The first four facts come from the nhs page on Vitamin D. Fact 5 comes from healthline.com. Fact 6 is relatively recent so here is the BBC News article.

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