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The Importance of Vitamin D

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Last week newspapers were reporting plenty of worrying articles stating that people in the UK are in danger of scurvy, rickets and other bone diseases because we are simply not getting enough Vitamin D (sometimes referred to as the Sunshine Vitamin).  It’s obvious, because we don’t get enough sunlight particularly during the Autumn/Winter months we are suffering a lack of this vital vitamin which promotes calcium in our bodies and healthy bone growth.  The facts are clear – The UK hasn’t had a good summer this year (or most years) and if you aren’t lucky enough to be jetting off to warmer climates then you are one of those who need to look at getting your Vitamin D from other sources because you could be at risk and possible you’re deficient without realising it.

The figures state that more than 60% of people of all ages in the UK are actually Vitamin D deficient but you can take steps to make sure you are getting Vitamin D from other sources. In fact children and older adults are most at risk so take care to monitor your intake. It’s important to regulate calcium and phosphate in the body, helping bones, teeth and skin to remain healthy.  Without Vitamin D, bones suffer, skin loses its luminosity and we need this vitamin in general it to maintain good health.  Most of our vitamin D comes from sunshine – the skin literally soaks it up and while the sun’s rays can be harmful we need the sun (apart from for light and heat!) because it is the greatest source of Vitamin D on the planet.

Paler skins make vitamin D faster than darker skins and the more skin you expose the more Vitamin D your body produces so the sun isn’t all bad – when you see it, get out there and enjoy it!  Obviously you need to use a quality sun protection to protect against burning and skin cancer and you still shouldn’t sit in harmful rays between the hours of 11 and 4pm especially when the sun is extremely hot.  As you age, it becomes harder for your skin to produce vitamin D and as this country is poor for sunlight you need to get Vitamin D from somewhere else!

So apart from the UVB rays from the sun, where else is a good source for this important vitamin?

Where can you find Vitamin D?

Well, you can certainly get it from your food.  It is apparent in a small number of foods including oily fish, eggs and fortified foods that have Vitamin D added to them (fat spreads, breakfast cereals etc.). 

Try:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Fatty fish
  • Beef liver
  • Egg yolk
  • Fortified/powdered milk
  • Fortified cereals
  • Avocado
  • Apricot
  • Buttermilk
  • Low fat yoghurt
  • Goats milk
  • Cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • Caviar
  • Tofu

There are also topical Vitamin D products and you often find Vitamin D in skincare. At Naturology all our skincare is based on vital vitamins and minerals because of their antioxidant properties.  Our products are at least 94% natural so you are only putting goodness on your skin.  You will find Vitamin D in our Age Defying Vitamin C Serum which contains Acai berry (a great source of Vitamin D).  Our Age Reform Night Cream contains avocado oil which has Vitamin D as an ingredient as does our Stem Cell Active Youth Moisturiser.  If you are concerned that you are not getting enough Vitamin D consider taking a supplement but never use it instead of food – it is in addition to.

Vitamin D is also proven in the fight against Psoriasis because it contains a peptide molecule which helps prevent this skin problem.  Additionally, it helps fight Rosacea and eczema so look for skincare containing this essential vitamin. 

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  • Mark Wallace