A is for Apple, D is for Sunshine

Last year a report highlighted an increase in rickets in the South Asian population and the need for raising greater awareness of vitamin D or exposing the skin to sunshine, the best way that vitamin D is produced and absorbed into the body.  However, the chief medical officer in England has now advised a much larger portion of the population to take vitamin D supplements especially in winter as Britain does not get enough sunshine.

This group of people includes pregnant or breast-feeding women, children from 6 months to 5 years old, people over 65 years of age, people who cover their skin for religious/cultural reasons and people with darker skin whose bodies are less able to produce enough vitamin D.  Now, we’ve had a debate about skin colour on the blog before and I’m not going to get into it here but there is a tendency to react like a vampire exposed to sunshine in case of tanning, an ailment worse than death to some people.

Vitamin D is essential for bone growth and health and another study has linked it to multiple sclerosis.  Breakfast cereals tend to be fortified with vitamin D and you can also get small amounts from eggs and oily fish but not enough so in winter months a supplement is advised.

Bubbly

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3 Comments to “A is for Apple, D is for Sunshine”

  1. Lack of vitamin D has also been linked to hair loss in women – so get taking those supplements!

  2. Really that is scary!!! Even my trainer has been on at his clients about Vit D. Really important. Thanks Bubbly for reminding us all.

  3. Haha that’s so true about Asians reacting like vampires to the sun, what losers!

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