The NHS urges the British to take vitamin D supplements as they spend more and more time indoors during the shutdown of the coronavirus.
From late March to late September, most people get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight.
The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin outside, which is why it is often called the sun’s vitamin.
During the fall and winter, experts advise taking vitamin D supplements to compensate for the lack of sunlight absorbed by the body during the colder months.
But now, officials have posted an update on the NHS website, which states, “Consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day to keep your bones and muscles healthy.”
People enjoying the sun and warm weather at Potters Fields Park, next to Tower Bridge in London, Wednesday
“It is because you may not be getting enough vitamin D from the sun if you are indoors most of the day.
“There have been reports that vitamin D reduces the risk of coronavirus. However, there is no evidence that this is the case.
“You can buy vitamin D supplements at most pharmacies and supermarkets. Do not buy more than you need.
Vitamin D helps maintain calcium and phosphate levels in the body, which contributes to healthy bones, teeth and muscles.
The human body produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun, although other sources include fatty fish, red meat, liver, and egg yolks.
Vitamin is also added to some cereals and spreads for breakfast and can be taken as an extra.
Commenting, Dr. Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: “With the nation left to save lives and protect the NHS, many people are spending more time inside and may not get any the vitamin D they need from the sun.
NHS officials advised British people to take vitamin D supplements due to lack of sunshine during coronavirus lockout
“To protect their bone and muscle health, they should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D – there is not enough evidence to support the recommendation of vitamin D to reduce the risk of Covid-19.” “
Graham Keen, Executive Director of the Health Food Manufacturers Association, added, “While vitamin D supplementation has long been recommended for key population groups, these expanded tips are welcome to help everyone maintain joints and healthy muscles. “
The UK announced yesterday an additional 763 coronavirus hospital deaths, bringing the total number of victims in the UK to 18,094.
But the UK coronavirus epidemic may have already killed more than 41,000 people when non-hospital deaths are included.
Analysis of backdated statistics by the Financial Times predicted that, when combined with deaths in nursing homes and unregistered hospital deaths, the result could be that 41,102 people died on April 21. The official balance sheet was 17,337.