Vitamin D deficiency levels not known

Sunshine vitamin is witnessing the all-new growing awareness about it, stating its importance.

But Professor Mitch Blair, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, feels that this is not enough and more needs to be done.

He said, "Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that contributes to healthy, strong bones and helps to control the amount of calcium in the blood. Unlike many other vitamins, getting your recommended daily amount of vitamin D is not that easy."

Sunlight is the main source of the sunshine vitamin. Getting your fix with sunlight is not enough as days are short days and nights are long.

Some foods like mushrooms, eggs and oily fish contain vitamin D but food contains only 10 per cent of a person's recommended daily need of the sunshine vitamin.

Vitamin D levels cannot get fulfilled by eating more fish and soaking up the sun a bit more.

The research done on the actual deficiency of vitamin D in UK population is not sufficient and more needs to be done, states experts, for finding out the actual deficiency levels.

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