Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones. In the UK we get most of our vitamin D from sunlight exposure from around late March/early April to the end of September. Find out how to get enough without risking sun damage.
We need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet. These minerals are important for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.
A lack of vitamin D, known as vitamin D deficiency, can cause bones to become soft and weak, which can lead to bone deformities.
In children, for example, a lack of vitamin D can lead to rickets. In adults, it can lead to osteomalacia, which causes bone pain and tenderness.
In the UK, sunlight doesn't contain enough UVB radiation in winter (October to early March) for our skin to be able to make vitamin D.
During these months, we rely on getting our vitamin D from food sources (including fortified foods) and supplements.
Using sunbeds isn't a recommended way of making vitamin D. (NHS)
This liquid form of vitamin D3 is an easy and convenient way to take vitamin D and an excellent choice for the whole family.
Each drop provides 5µg (200iu) of vitamin D3, with 600 drops per 20ml bottle, so one bottle goes a long way! The vitamin D3 is suspended in a base of virgin olive oil, which is both tasteless and odourless, making it palatable to even the fussiest of people. We've also added a mixture of natural vitamin E tocopherols to the oil, an important antioxidant that prevents the oil from going rancid. Plus this has the advantage that it is preservative free.