Facts about the sunshine vitamin


Although we tend to think that most of our vitamin intake comes from our food sources, this is not the case when you look at vitamin D. Most of our vitamin D actually comes from sunshine. Even with a really healthy and balanced diet you are unlikely to take in enough vitamin D from food alone.

Why does sunshine give us vitamin D?

We make vitamin D under our skin when we are out in daylight which is why vitamin D is referred to sometimes as the sunshine vitamin. Although it is referred to as a vitamin, it is actually a hormone and we can make it in our bodies.

You do not have to sunbathe to make vitamin D even though it is the sun’s ultraviolet rays that allow vitamin D to be made within the body. In the United Kingdom the ultraviolet light is only strong enough to make vitamin D on exposed skin (hands, face, arms and legs) from April to September. It is important however to balance the production of vitamin D with being safe in the sun, ensuring that you cover up or protect your skin with appropriate products before it turns red or burns.

What does vitamin D do?

Vitamin D works with calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones, muscles and teeth.

Which foods can you eat that contain vitamin D?

  • oily fish such as salmon, sardines, pilchards, trout, herring, kippers and eel contain reasonable amounts of vitamin D
  • cod liver oil contains a lot of vitamin D (don’t take this if you are pregnant)
  • egg yolk, meat, offal and milk contain small amounts but this varies during the seasons
  • margarine, some breakfast cereals, infant formula milk and some yoghurts have added or are ‘fortified’ with vitamin D Where are vitamin D supplements

The above information has been sourced from https://www.bda.uk.com/

Which health professionals can help you further with information?

Qualified Dietitians and nutritional therapists can help you work out whether you need to create more vitamin D for your health along with assisting you with many other dietary and nutritional issues. The Medigest business directory can help you find the professionals you are looking for https://www.medigest.uk/directory/