The Scientific Advisory Body on Nutrition (SACN) in the UK could soon change Britons’ daily diets because individuals who are not regularly exposed to sunlight require additional doses of Vitamin D supplements. Given the recent news, we thought some readers might like to know some of the benefits of Vitamin D supplements for their bodies and minds.
According to medical experts, vitamin D is the main responsible for the correct deposit of calcium in our bone system. Lack of vitamin D may lead to frail bones and teeth, especially among children, whose skeletal systems are much more sensitive than the ones of the adults. One pill of vitamin D per day could help prevent rickets, a disease that is affecting many children at present.
Women, too, require a bigger dose of vitamin D, particularly during their menstruation period when they require additional intakes of calcium. Taking regular supplements of vitamin D could help women avoid many menopause-specific affections, such as osteoporosis and arthritis.
The benefits of vitamin D are no longer questioned as both medical experts and patients have noticed an improvement in their health condition. However, many discussions are now being made in relation to the daily intake that people need, as well as, in relation to the best methods of obtaining vitamin D.
Previous tests have shown that sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, ensuring the assimilation of the right amount of supplements from the daily products we consume. Unfortunately, recent medical tests have revealed that few people take sufficient vitamin D from their food and additional doses should be provided to avoid future health problems.
This need has become all the more obvious among populations in the northern areas where the sun rays are very mild, not to mention rare. These population have to expose themselves during special time intervals in order to assimilate the amount of vitamin D they need per day. This is almost impossible nowadays, considering that very few people stay and work in the outdoors, compared to previous generations.
As a consequence, medical experts and authorities are now working to determine how much vitamin D individuals should take. So far, they have found out that children, pregnant women, people over 65 years old and those with darker skins should complement their daily diets with vitamin D supplements.
The new findings could lead to a new system of medical recommendations, scientists have concluded.
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