These days Vitamin D is finally getting some of the acknowledge it deserves! Health authorities around Europe are starting to update their recommendations and guidelines about Vitamin D.
Where, what and why - read along below!
In countries like United Kingdom and Denmark, health authorities (NHS & SST) has updated their daily recommendations and guidelines about Vitamin D. The new guidelines are particularly related to supporting the population's level of Vitamin D during the winter months (October-April) - and making sure especially elderly and vulnerable parts of the populations are covered with the basic needs.
WHAT HAS CHANGED?
United Kingdom NHS (National Health Service) is now offering FREE Vitamin D to certain vulnerable groups of the population this winter. This service will be available for more than 2,5 Mio people. This is an amazing opportunity for people who are not able to buy Vitamin D themselves or not aware of the importance of Vitamin D!
In Denmark, health authorities have just updated their daily recommendations about Vitamin D. The changes are made based on a recent scientific study made by The Danish Cancer Society. The study shows that almost every fifth Dane who does not take vitamin supplements lacks vitamin D when spring arrives (source). The new Danish recommendations are now comparable to recommendations from e.g. United Kingdom and The Netherlands. See below new recommendations from the Danish health authorities.
NEW GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS:
WHAT ABOUT SUNLIGHT?
Sunlight is the main source of Vitamin D - you also get a limited amount from food like fatty fish, eggs, and red meat - however, the sun is important for you to cover your basic needs.
So how do we define "enough sunlight"? Sufficient exposure to sunlight is defined as 15–30 min spent outdoors daily in the midday sun (between 11:00 and 15:00 h) from March to November with head and hands bare, without burning (source) The 30 min are in line with the Dutch Guideline for Healthy Physical Activity for adults.
Very few are able to comply with the above guidelines as most of us are at work indoors at 11-15 during the day. This is why many people worldwide are lacking Vitamin D (source).
WHAT VITAMIN D SHOULD I CHOOSE?
When talking supplements and VITAMIN D the most common types are D2 or D3. We always recommend taking D3 as it is the most active and effective form of VITAMIN D.
Make sure you are aware of this when you go shopping for VITAMIN D. Some VITAMIN D supplements are already mixed with an oil, some are not. If it's not, make sure to take your VITAMIN D with an oil fx omega 3 or with a meal that contains fat, as it will help to improve the absorbability because Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin.
UPPER SAFE LIMIT?
The EU Scientific Committee on Food (EFSA) has set an upper safe limit for daily intake, which is:
1500 iu / 37,5 mcg
Our Vitamin D3 1500 iu is a great daily supplement to support your intake of Vitamin D. It gives you 37,5 mcg per tablet and the small white tablets are easy to swallow.
It is price-friendly and ready for you to order:)
VITAMIN D3 w.
K2 2000 iu / 50 mcg
This Vitamin D is combined with Vitamin K2 for extra bone health. It gives you 50 mcg Vitamin D and 75 mcg Vitamin K pr tablet.
The small tablets are chewable and have a taste of cherry.