Brrrr… bye bye Summer! Today seems the perfect time to talk about vitamin D (because it looks as if we’ve reached the end of our quota of strong sunlight for the year!)
Our bodies need vitamin D for lots of important functions including a strong immune system, muscle and nerve function, healthy bones and teeth (vitamin D helps the body utilise calcium). It’s an important “supplement” vitamin because our bodies can only get it from our diets (not many foods are high in it) and from sunlight (and we just don’t get enough of that).
It’s difficult to get anything like enough vitamin D from your diet, but it’s worth knowing that good sources include oily fish, liver, egg yolk and mushrooms.
Some people are particularly at risk of vit D deficiency: anyone who doesn’t get outside much during sunlight hours, young children and babies, and pregnant women.
So, most of us were topping up our vitamin D levels beautifully during the lovely summer we just enjoyed. Today… not so much.
It’s a good idea to take a vitamin D supplement all the time, but particularly during the winter months.
A few weeks ago I was sent a sample pack of Quest Excellence’s new Forte D 4000iu – a chewable vitamin D supplement.
Sweetened with Xylitol (a natural sweetener which is actually good for your teeth) and fruity in flavour, the tablets are small and easy to take (you only need one a day).
I checked up on the ingredients before agreeing to test them:
Xylitol, mirocrystalline cellulose, Vitamin D3 (with arabic gum, antioxidant:d -a- tocopherol (from soya) try-calcium phosphate), silicified microcrystalline cellulose, blackcurrant flavour, citric acid anhydrous, magnesium stearate, anti-caking agent: silicon dioxide.
Quest Excellence was established in 1983 and offers over 70 nutriceutical products backed by scientific research – products include multinutrients, vitamins, omega oils and probiotics.
Forte D is available from Nutricentre online or Holland and Barrett.
Thanks, Quest Excellence people for sending me the Forte D sample!
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