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Vitamin D is a collective name for the two fat-soluble substances ergocalciferol (D2) and cholecalciferol ( D3). We get d- vitamin either through food or when we stay out in the sun. Vitamin D is produced naturally in the skin when hit by the sun's strong rays in the summer and stored in the body so we can handle ourselves during the winter. The vitamin D we get from the diet is mainly from fatty fish such as herring, mackerel and salmon but also vitamin D fortified products like margarine and milk. It is important not to ingest too much vitamin D when it is toxic and can lead to high levels of calcium in the blood, kalciuminlagring in the kidneys and renal failure. Too little vitamin D , on the other hand, weaker bones.

Who needs supplements of vitamin D?

Vitamin D is recommended for all children under 2 years but even children who do not receive vitamin D fortified products or fish, and children who do not live outdoors enough may need D drops beyond the first 2 years, especially if they have dark skin . The same applies if the child even in summer wear clothes that cover the face, arms and legs when it is outdoors . Elderly who spend little time outdoors should also eat supplements of vitamin D supplements. Pregnant women who do not consume vitamin D fortified foods or wearing full body cover recommended d- vitamin supplements after talks with the midwife. The need for vitamin D changes with age and sex and want to know more about vitamin D , you can read more about nutrition recommendations on NFA's website.

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