Public Health England, an executive agency sponsored by the UK government’s Department of Health and Social Care, is recommending people consider taking daily vitamin D supplements during the coronavirus lockdown.
Vitamin D is a crucial factor for our health. Recognizing this, health experts are increasingly recommending supplementation with this essential micronutrient. Whilst, in recent years, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin D has been raised in some countries, to achieve optimal levels all the year round a supplementary supply is especially needed during the darker winter months.
A micronutrient that has numerous important functions in the body, vitamin D is produced naturally when skin is exposed to sunlight. But in order for this process to happen, the body has to receive sufficient sunlight in the first place. With billions of people now confined to their homes under various systems of coronavirus lockdown, receiving the necessary sunlight to make sufficient vitamin D becomes almost impossible.
When choosing a vitamin D supplement, always make sure it uses the cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) form. The most bioavailable type of vitamin D, cholecalciferol is the same form that is produced naturally in the body when skin is exposed to sunlight.
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