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Sunshine Aids Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Small amounts of vitamin D can be obtained through food (about 5–10 per cent). However, it is difficult to obtain enough vitamin D from diet alone.

Government advice is that everyone should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement during the autumn and winter as a minimum.

You may be at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency if you:

  • Have naturally very dark skin – this is because the pigment (melanin) in dark skin can partially block UV radiation from being absorbed;

  • Avoid the sun;

  • Spend a long time indoors and have limited sun exposure (such as nightshift workers, or those who are housebound or in residential care);

  • Wear a covering to conceal your body (such as for religious or cultural reasons);

  • Are obese;

  • Have a disability or condition that affects vitamin D metabolism – such as end stage liver disease, kidney (renal) disease or fat malabsorption syndromes (such as cystic fibrosiscoeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease);

  • Take medication that affects vitamin D absorption;

If you are at risk of vitamin D deficiency you should seek advice from your GP.

Vitamin D 25 mcg (1000 iu)
Help strengthen bones, the immunue system and general health with this effective supplement.

High Strength Vitamin D (4000 iu)
This high strength Vitamin D supplement provides 4000iu of D3 and 100mcg of K2 vitamin. Each bottle contains 120 tablets that will last for 4 months.

Vitamin D Oral Spray (1000 iu)
Delivering 1000IU per spray, D1000 provides an effective maintenance dosage for adults and teenagers..

Vitamin D Oral Spray (3000 iu)
D3000 Vitamin Oral Spray provides the optimal dosage of Vitamin D in a single daily spray.

Key Information

  • Vitamin D is a hormone that controls calcium levels in the blood. It is needed for strong bones, muscles and overall health.​

  • Government advice is that everyone should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement during the autumn and winter.

  • A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain caused by a condition called osteomalacia in adults.

  • The body can only absorb a limited amount of vitamin D at a time. Spending extra time in the sun won’t increase vitamin D levels – but may increase your risk of skin cancer.

  • Food sources include, fatty fish (such as salmon), eggs, margarine and some milks have added vitamin D as well as some cereals have added vitamin D.

Benefits

Getting enough vitamin D may:

  • Help strengthen your bones;

  • Support the immune system;

  • Improve oral health;

  • Help prevent high blood pressure;

  • Strengthen muscles;

  • Support weight loss;

  • Help reduce the risk of certain cancers;

  • Help with depression;

  • Help prevent Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Signs of Deficiency

The following symptoms may signal you’re not getting enough vitamin D:

  • Frequent illness or infections

  • Fatigue and tiredness

  • Bone and back pain

  • Depression

  • Impaired wound healing

  • Bone loss

  • Hair loss

  • Muscle pain

  • Weight gain

  • Anxiety

Dosage

  • The Department of Health and Social Care recommends that adults and children over 4 take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D throughout the year if they are not often outdoors – for example, if they're frail or housebound, are in an institution like a care home or usually wear clothes that cover up most of their skin when outdoors

  • Children from the age of 1 year and adults need 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day. This includes pregnant and breastfeeding women, and people at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

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