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Boots Pharmacy give Vitamin D advice

As the summer months approach, normally most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight. However, following the restrictions imposed as part of the ‘Stay at Home’ initiative to help tackle Coronavirus, many of us may not be spending as much time outside as we usually would.

In Ireland, vitamin D can only be produced in the skin between late March and late September. It cannot be produced in winter. Even in summer, getting a sufficient amount of Vitamin D can pose a challenge, due to things like cloud cover, rainy weather and a lack of sunshine. Vitamin D is important in keeping our bones and muscles healthy and it also supports the normal function of the immune system. As many of us may be spending less time outdoors than usual over the coming weeks, and because it can be difficult to get your Vitamin D requirements from food, you may want to consider a supplement at this time.

Vitamin D is found in a small range of foods including oily fish, egg yolks and some fortified foods such as milks, breakfast cereals and vitamin formula1,2.  Some groups are more at risk of vitamin D deficiency and in Ireland these include1,3:

  • Babies from birth to one year who are breastfed or receiving less than 300ml (about 10 fluid ounces) of infant formula daily*
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Older people aged 65 years and over
  • Those not exposed to much sun, such as people who cover up their skin entirely when outdoors, or those housebound for long periods
  • People who have darker skin, for example those of African, Afro-Caribbean or south Asian origin.

*The Food Safety Authority recommend that these babies should be given a daily supplement containing 5 micrograms (µg) of vitamin D and that this should be provided by a supplement containing vitamin D exclusively1.

Susan O’Dwyer (Pharmacy Strategy Manager for Boots Ireland) says, “Our bodies create vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors, but we can also get vitamin D from other sources such as oily fish, red meat and some breakfast cereals. However, as it can be difficult to get enough vitamin D from food alone, you may want to consider taking a supplement if you feel you are having less exposure to sunlight, for example if you aren’t spending much time outdoors.

Boots Vitamins has the nation’s needs covered with a range of Vitamin D products for adults and Kids (speak to our healthcare team to find the most suitable product for you and your family). These include:

  • Boots high strength vitamin D 25Ug 90s – €6.25 (availability in-store and online)
  • Boots Vitamin D 10μg 90 – €1.49 (availability in-store and online)
  • Ros nutrition High Strength Vitamin D – €9.95 (available in-store only)
  • Beeline baby Vitamin D3 drops 10ml – €10.59 (available in-store only)
  • Beeline teen multivit D3 tabs 30s – €9.09 (available in-store only)
  • Beeline vitamin D3 oral spray 20ml – €8.39 (available in-store only)

Visit www.boots.ie for more information, and to buy online.

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