PHE issues vitamin D Coronavirus Update

Public Health England has updated its official advice on vitamin D supplements in light of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions requiring people to stay in their homes as much as possible. 

In a 'coronavirus update,' PHE advised the public:

  • Consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day to keep your bones and muscles healthy. 
  • This is because you may not be getting enough vitamin D from sunlight if you are indoors most of the day. 
  • There have been some news reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus. However, there is no evidence this is the case. 
  • Do not buy more vitamin D than you need. 

Graham Keen, executive director of the Health Food Manufacturers' Association, said: “While vitamin D supplementation has long been recommended for key population groups, this broadened advice is welcome to help everyone maintain healthy joints and muscles.”

  • Thornton & Ross has produced a range of educational resources on vitamin D, including a free e-module and a diagnostic toolkit, which can be requested via fultiumd3@thorntonross.com

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