Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient which helps the body absorb calcium and phosphate, which are needed for healthy bones, muscles and teeth, it also plays a part in the nervous system and cellular growth.

Deficiency of vitamin D can cause weak bones (rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults) and can also cause symptoms of fatigue and pain.

Vitamin D is present in a small amount of foods but it can be very difficult to get our recommended daily amount of vitamin D through food alone. Our bodies naturally create vitamin D through sunlight exposure but at this time of year, in the UK, the UVB in the sunlight isn't enough to create vitamin D so we need to reach our requirements through food sources and supplements. From around October until March a vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms (μg) should be considered by most people over the age of 5.

This Salmon & Quinoa recipe is a great source of vitamin D

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