Is that all? Dose up on vitamin D for healthy bones | Viva! - The Vegan Charity

Is that all? Dose up on vitamin D for healthy bones

Here’s your excuse for more holidays abroad! We need vitamin D to absorb calcium so if you have enough calcium but are low in vitamin D, you can be calcium deficient. Sunlight on our skin helps us make vitamin D but anyone who has little exposure to sunshine should consider taking a 10 microgram vegan vitamin D supplement. It is now advised by the UK government that we apply sun block after 10 to 15 minutes exposure to the sun, to give us a chance of making vitamin D. Furthermore, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K are all required for good bone health so a healthy diet that includes eight to 10 servings a day of fruit and vegetables will sort you out.

In short, you need vitamin D for healthy bones. Because vitamin D helps the bones absorb calcium - as explained above - it's vital to a healthy, strong skeletal system. Where do you get it. Remember to look to the sky for answers. And, in winter, when sun is scarce, you may want to consider taking a supplement. Vegan vitamin D is now available from a number of manufacturers in either spray or tablet form. It's always best to get your supply from the sun's rays. But it's good to know that there's an alternative for those of us who live in sun-starved climes.