Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth, muscle function, and the function of the immune system. The body makes vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin therefore during the summer months when we are outdoor more most people should be able to all the vitamin D that they need. However, as we spend less time outside and during the winter months with less sunlight, the body may not get the right amount and may need to top up through food sources or supplements. Good sources of vitamin D can be found in oily fish, red meat, liver and egg yolks, it can therefore be difficult to achieve sufficient levels of vitamin D without supplementation if following a vegan diet.
The Department of Health recommends the following regarding vitamin D:
Some people have medical conditions that mean they should consult their doctor prior to taking supplements.
If your doctor has recommended you take a different amount of vitamin D, you should follow their advice.