Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition recommendations on Vitamin D

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) have launched a report on their recommendations for vitamin D in the UK population. This included reviewing evidence on vitamin D and health to see if UK dietary recommendations , set in 1991, were still appropriate. 

This new recommendation suggests that everyone over the age of one needs to consume 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day to protect bone and muscle health and this can be consumed through a combination of natural food, fortified food and supplements. The previous recommendation was 5 micrograms.

Children aged up to 4 should take supplements each day all year round to ensure they meet the recommended intake, unless they already consume this in infant formula. Other at risk groups such as pregnant women, breastfeeding women and those over the age of 65 should take top -up supplements daily also. 

Vitamin D is found in a small range of foods including oily fish, egg yolks and fortified milks and breakfast cereals. In addition, offal meats such as liver and kidney are a good source of vitamin D, this are not suitable for infants or pregnant women because they provide too much vitamin A.

Studies have revealed that low vitamin D status is widespread in the population of Ireland. The foods that contain vitamin D are not commonly consumed enough in Ireland and while vitamin D can be made from the action of sunlight on the skin those in more northerly countries like Ireland and England can not generate enough vitamin D this way. In winter months in particular people should consider getting this 10 micrograms of vitamin D from a supplement, if their diet is unlikely to provide it.

Posted: 21/07/2016 14:36:09 by Laura Keaver
Filed under: Health, SACN, Vitamin D


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