Vitamin D

Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin.We’re all used to hearing that it is sometimes difficult for people in Ireland to obtain enough Vitamin D from sunlight, so it is necessary to obtain it through our diet. Especially in the last year when we've all been told to stay indoors, it is even more difficult to get into the sun even when it does shine. 

There are various other reasons a person may be more susceptible to a Vitamin D deficiency other than a lack of sunlight here in Ireland. These include people with darker skin, people who cover their skin completely when in the sun and also older people who do not go outdoors as much.  

Vitamin D plays many important roles in the normal function of the body. Vitamin D has an important function in allowing the body to absorb Vitamin C and regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in a person’s body, thus making it an important player in supporting our body’s natural immune system. Evidence is also emerging that vitamin D may help reduce the risk of bowel cancer and other cancers and may be linked to a number of other diseases [The Irish Cancer Society]. 

Vitamin D3 is also hugely important for bone health, it is also an essential nutrient for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis (along with calcium) [Irish Osteoporosis Society]

The most common symptoms of someone who is Vitamin D deficient include: getting sick often, excessive tiredness and fatigue, bone & back pain, depressed mood, hair loss. So, if you feel you experience any of these, try taking a Vitamin D supplement as part of your daily routine. PharmaMale offers a top of the range Vitamin D supplement by AYA, each supplement providing 2500IU of Vitamin D, find it HERE.

Remember, it is always best to speak to your Pharmacist or GP if you are concerned about anything.

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