Everyone urged to take daily vitamin D supplement this autumn and winter

Reports suggest the vitamin can reduce the risk of coronavirus

Published: 08 December 2020 Campaigns

Public Health England (PHE) has advised everyone to take a vitamin D supplement over autumn and winter to protect bone and muscle health.

Vitamin D is created in the body by exposure to sunlight but due to the social restrictions of the pandemic this year many people have not been outside as much as usual.

Originally issued in April this year, the advice recommends that between now and early March everyone should take a daily vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms or 400 International Units (IU).

In a letter to healthcare professional bodies, the PHE said: ‘There have been some reports that vitamin D potentially reduces the risk of coronavirus. There is currently insufficient evidence to prove that it helps prevent or treat Covid-19.’

Please visit the NHS website for the latest vitamin D advice.