In order to maintain a balanced immune system and overall vitality, it is essential to ensure adequate vitamin D intake throughout the year, but especially in winter. This fat-soluble vitamin not only plays a role in maintaining strong bones but also helps prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
During spring and summer months, sunlight causes the skin to produce vitamin D. However, in winter, when we get less sunlight, vitamin D levels can decrease, which can lead to various health problems. A representative survey from 2023, published by a research group at the Department of Internal Medicine I, Semmelweis University, revealed that nine out of ten Hungarian adults suffer from vitamin D deficiency by the end of winter.
What can we do in the winter months?
To prevent vitamin D deficiency, you can do the following between November–April:
- Eat foods rich in vitamin D, including eggs, liver, fish liver oil, milk and dairy products.
- If the weather permits, take a walk, go outside and enjoy the winter sunshine.
- Vitamin D level can also be supplemented by taking a well-defined amount of vitamin D. For adults and the elderly, an average of 2000 IU per day is sufficient to maintain normal vitamin D levels.
It is important to emphasize that excessive intake of vitamin D can be harmful. It can accumulate and cause side effects in the body. At the beginning of the winter, it is a good idea to have a laboratory test to determine the vitamin D level. With this information, the appropriate and necessary daily intake of vitamins can be determined individually. HR-Pharma’s services include a separate vitamin D panel test and a so-called vitamin profile package, which includes vitamin D, vitamin B, thyroid hormones and calcium measurements. The necessary blood samples taken on time, accurately and quickly. Results will be sent within 24 hours.