For African-Caribbean communities, the pigment on our skin does not allow us to process enough Vitamin D, we are at risk of deficiency throughout the year. Melanin protects the skin against ultraviolet light …
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These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth, and muscles healthy. 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.
It is important to take vitamin D as you may have been indoors more than usual this year because of the lockdown.
The daily amount recommended by the government for the general population for general health and in particular to protect bone and muscle health is 10 micrograms (400 units). But higher doses are available and can be taken safely.
For African-Caribbean communities, the pigment on our skin does not allow us to process enough Vitamin D, we are at risk of deficiency throughout the year. Melanin protects the skin against ultraviolet light. But by blocking the sun’s rays, melanin affects the skin’s ability to activate pre-vitamin D. The darker the skin, the longer you have to be in the sun to produce the same amount of vitamin D as someone with lighter skin. You can buy up to 50 micrograms (2000 units) from supermarkets and CAHN is proud to provide you with a pouch of 120 tablets of 50 micrograms (2000 units) Vitamin D3. It’s important to take vitamin D as you may have been indoors more than usual this year during COVID.
There have been some reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). But there is currently not enough evidence to support taking vitamin D to prevent or treat coronavirus.
The Department of Health and Social Care recommends that:
You can buy vitamin D supplements or vitamin drops containing vitamin D (for under 5 years old children) at most pharmacies and supermarkets.
Women and children who qualify for the Healthy Start scheme can get free supplements containing vitamin D.
See the Healthy Start website (https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk) for further information.