A report commissioned by the government of the United Kingdom has provided timely advice regarding vitamin D intake as the nights slowly begin to drawn in and autumn and winter approach.
The report concludes that every citizen of the UK over the age of 12 months should be consuming 10 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin D during the darker months as production due to the action of sunlight on the skin is unlikely to provide sufficient amounts of this vital nutrient.
Public health officials suggest people consume foods relatively rich in vitamin D such as oily fish, eggs and fortified cereals but warn even this may not be enough to avoid deficiency and health consequences that include brittle bones and rickets in children.
It has been estimatated that one in five adults and one in six children in England may have low levels.
Now, an extensive review of the evidence, carried out by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), suggests everyone over the age of one needs to consume additional vitamin D from diet and/or nutritional supplements each day in order to protect bone and muscle health.