People should take Vitamin D during winter months, advises Sheffield academic
NHS vitamin D guidelines say that we should all consider taking vitamin D supplements along with our food, especially people of colour, during the winter months.
During the winter months it can get particularly tiring and gloomy for many of us and advice from Public Health England says we should consider taking Vitamin D supplements, along with our food, to help us in the winter due to the lack of sun.
A report from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) showed that those that have little exposure to the sun and people with dark skin, African, African-Carribbean and those of South Asian background might not be getting enough Vitamin D and should consider taking supplements all year round.
Dr Bernard Corfe, Senior Lecturer in Oncology at the University of Sheffield, who was recently involved in a study on this topic said: "Vitamin D is produced in the skin through the action of sunlight, so people with higher melanin do let less UVB through and as a result tend to have lower levels of vitamin D all year round.
“Government recommendations are that this group (people of colour, African and South Asian background) supplement with 10mcg a day throughout the year. Research ongoing at the University of Sheffield is investigating the benefits of vitamin D supplementation specifically in older South Asian women.”
NHS research shows that approximately one in five people are low in Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods including oily fish, red meat and egg yolks.