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Vitamin D | Vitamin D Foods | Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

Vitamin D. This weeks video is on Vitamin D Foods. Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms. Vitamin D Supplements, Benefits.

00:00 Vitamin D

01:09 Where does Vitamin D come from?

03:22 Vitamin D Foods

05:21 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

06:18 Vitamin D Supplements

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Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.

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.

For more information about Vitamin D -


Unfortunately, the amount of Vitamin D your skin can make from sunlight varies a lot. It depends on your skin tone and how long you spend in the sun. Therefore I do not recommend that this is the only way you get Vitamin D.

Remember, UVB rays in sunlight cause skin damage and skin cancer - so do not depend on the sun for your Vitamin D – it is simply not worth it!

Sunscreen is really important and if you're ever unsure about which sunscreen to wear and the science behind it the good news is I have a video on this already -


Your next best source of Vitamin D is food. Foods high in Vitamin D include egg yolks and oily fish like salmon. Here's a really useful page with a good list of Vitamin D foods -

Let me know what you find in the comments below!

You might have heard of foods “fortified with Vitamin D” - this means Vitamin D has been added to the food during the manufacturing process . Fortified foods include cereals, fat spreads and non-dairy milks.

In the UK, cows' milk is generally not a good source of vitamin D because it is not fortified, as it is in some other countries.

Here’s a fun fact for you: You can now get super mushrooms that have been treated with UVB rays to make them high in vitamin D! Tomatoes, potatoes and peppers claim to be high in Vitamin D but sadly that’s not true.


Symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency include feeling tired and weak. You might also experience muscle and joint or bone pains.

Vitamin D deficiency in children causes rickets - also known as soft or bendy bones, and in adults this is known as osteomalacia. For more information on this -


As mentioned in the video some people will not get enough vitamin D from sunlight because they have very little or no sunshine exposure.

The Department of Health and Social Care recommends that you take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D throughout the year if you:

• Are not often outdoors – for example, if you're frail or housebound

• Are in an institution like a care home

• Usually wear clothes that cover up most of your skin when outdoors

• If you have dark skin – for example you have an African, African-Caribbean or south Asian background – you may also not get enough vitamin D from sunlight.

You should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D throughout the year.

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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.



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