HERE TO HELP

THIS WEEK: FEEL­ING TIRED

My Weekly - - Health - By Rob Hob­son, Nu­tri­tion­ist

Q

I’m feel­ing a bit low and tired. Could I be de­fi­cient in vi­ta­min D? A Yes, it could well be. Our main source of vi­ta­min D is sun­light and food sur­veys have shown 40% of us to be de­fi­cient dur­ing the win­ter months. Low vi­ta­min D can cause fa­tigue, mus­cle weak­ness and mood changes short term. Food sources in­clude mush­rooms, oily fish, eggs, liver and for­ti­fied foods but it’s un­likely you’ll get more than 20% of the RDA from your diet. The lat­est ad­vice from Pub­lic Health Eng­land is that we aim for 10mcg per day and that dur­ing the win­ter we should con­sider a sup­ple­ment. For those who don’t al­ways want to take a tablet, con­sider Healthspan’s new Vi­ta­min D Gum­mies, £10.95 for 90 from healthspan.co.uk, in ap­ple and black­cur­rant, a great way to top up dur­ing the win­ter months.

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