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Taking Vitamin D This Winter

Posted on December 3rd, 2020

The Government is recommending that the public take Vitamin D to help them stay well over winter and to potentially help them avoid some complications of COVID-19 should they contract it.

They are advising patients to buy it over the counter in the first place. The amount is the same as the advice given before COVID-19 which is 10mg (micrograms) or 400IU (international units).

You can buy Vitamin D over the counter at chemists, in the supermarket or online from Amazon and it should cost about £3-4 for a three months supply of capsules/tablets. Any Vitamin D treatments should be taken for 4 months. You should also  try maintain it in your diet by eating certain foods e.g. oily fish, fortified foods (such as some fat spreads and breakfast cereals) etc. as well as by staying active.

The Government has advised that it plans to send some tablets out free of charge to certain groups but this might not be until January and the details are not clear or available yet.

You should not take Vitamin D without speaking to your specialist if you have any of the following conditions:

  • High calcium levels
  • types of Metastatic cancer
  • Severe renal impairment (CKD4 onwards)
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Severe renal stones
  • Severe hypercalciuria
  • Nephrocalcinous
  • Sarcoid

More information can be found on the NHS website and on the GOV.UK website regarding the Government’s recent advice.

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