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WHY WE NEED… VITAMIN D

This fat-soluble nutrient is MADE IN OUR BODY from sunlight and is only found in a few foods. It’s stored in the body and helps us absorb calcium and phosphorus, and regulates levels of calcium in the blood. This makes it a vital vitamin for DEVELOPING BONES ANDTEETH in young children, and for keeping bones and teeth healthy and strong when we’re older. Vitamin D also helps to ensure our MUSCLES AND IMMUNE SYSTEM work properly, and it’s needed for healthy INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE.

What happens if you don’t get enough?

In babies and young children, a lack of vitamin D causes rickets

(where bones become painful, soft and weak) and can lead to deformities of the skeleton such as bowed legs. In adults, a lack of vitamin D results in osteomalacia, a condition that causes bone pain and tenderness.

Are low intakes a problem?

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