Mus­cle/joint pain

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - News -

Mus­cle and joint pain may in­di­cate a lack of vi­ta­min D. ‘We need it to help our body ab­sorb nu­tri­ents like cal­cium and phos­pho­rus, for strong bones and healthy mus­cles,’ says Suzie. ‘Vi­ta­min D also helps to reg­u­late blood pres­sure and im­prove car­dio­vas­cu­lar health by pro­tect­ing blood ves­sels.’ Re­search pub­lished in the British

Med­i­cal Jour­nal sug­gests that more than 3,000,000 of us could avoid

colds and flu if we took vi­ta­min D

sup­ple­ments.

Fix it

Lat­est find­ings show that

23% of us are de­fi­cient in vi­ta­min D through­out the year, and this fig­ure rises to 40% in win­ter.

Boost your vi­ta­min D lev­els by: Spend­ing 20-30 min­utes out­doors with skin ex­posed when­ever it’s sunny. This is be­cause vi­ta­min D is pro­duced as a re­sult of the in­ter­ac­tion of the sun on the skin.

Eat­ing vi­ta­min D-rich foods, such as oily fish (sal­mon, mack­erel, sar­dines, fresh tuna); dairy, whole­grains and for­ti­fied foods such as bread and ce­re­als.

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