Am I Getting Enough Vitamin D During Covid-19
April 23, 2020
Maintaining Optimum Vitamin D Levels Throughout Spring
You may have recently noticed more coverage in the press, stating that vitamin D could possibly help with symptoms of Covid-19 and to keep your immune system strong. With us all being quarantined in our homes, there is also a chance we could be experiencing a deficiency in vitamin D as we’re only allowed outside for around an hour a day.
Public Health England has recently updated its long-standing advice about vitamin D, stating that everyone should supplement with 10 micrograms daily, and not just ‘at-risk’ groups as recommended up until now.
The recent advice on vitamin D supplementation to the public can be found via the NHS website:
The advice in full is as follows:
- The Government is currently advising people to stay at home. For most people, this will mean being indoors for much of the day, which could result in not getting enough vitamin D from sunshine exposure. The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors during the spring and summer.
- Existing public health advice is that if you’re not going outdoors often, you should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D. We, therefore, recommend that whilst the stay at home measures are in place, everyone follows this advice (including children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and older people).
- This advice is not about preventing coronavirus (COVID-19) or mitigating its effects. Vitamin D is needed to keep bones and muscles healthy.
- You can buy vitamin D supplements at most pharmacies and supermarkets. Please don’t buy more than you need.
Graham Keen, Executive Director of the Health Food Manufacturers Association said;
“Whilst vitamin D supplementation has long been recommended for key population groups, this broadened advice is welcome to help everyone maintain healthy joints and muscles. What’s more, this nutrient is backed by four key elements for success; the science is proven, the strategy is Government-led, a simplicity of message, and a ready supply. We believe that, together, these factors will result in good uptake by the population and will demonstrate, yet again, the pivotal role that supplements can play in safeguarding the health of our nation.”
Look Out For Vitamin D3
Dr. Chris Steele, who recently appeared on ITV’s This Morning, spoke about the importance of vitamin D amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He encouraged the public to consider taking a vitamin D supplement in order to help their body fight coronavirus, explaining that the vitamin could help your immune system tackle Covid-19 symptoms.
Dr. Steele also stated to look out for supplements that have ‘vitamin D3’ on the label and that “Vitamin D deficiency is common – we recommend that those at risk of coronavirus urgently supplement with Vitamin D to enhance their resistance to Covid-19, and this advice is to be extended to the general adult public.”
Ways To Boost Your Vitamin D Intake During Lockdown
Firstly, it’s a good idea to check if you’re getting enough vitamin D. You can take a home test with our SunVit-D3 Vitamin D Home Test Kit. It’s a convenient way to truly know if you have low levels or to regulate your vitamin D intake, without the need to visit your Health Professional and in the comfort of your own home. Simply follow the instructions, send your sample off to an independent EU laboratory, and await your results.
We recommend our range of SunVit-D3 supplements. Our bestselling 400IU tablets or capsules will provide you with the perfect amount of Vitamin D, especially now the whole country isn’t able to be out in the sun as much as usual.
We also offer a subscription service where you can select your chosen product and save 10% each month. We’ll deliver straight to your door. Simply place your order once and we will take care of the rest.