Are you getting enough vitamin D?

We all know the importance of Calcium to healthy bones and teeth; it’s drummed into us from an early age, both at school and at home. 

What many people aren’t aware of is the role that Vitamin D plays in keeping your teeth and bones in good shape – not to mention the fact that a deficiency can lead to depression, joint pain and a weaker immune system1.

Vitamin D was first discovered in 1922 by British doctor Edward Mellanby after carrying out tests on the effects of vitamin A in Cod Liver Oil. He found that cod liver oil in which the vitamin A had been destroyed would cure dogs of Rickets, and concluded that there must be a mystery active chemical. He named the chemical vitamin D, as it was the fourth such vitamin to have been discovered. However, it was sometime before the significance of vitamin D was fully understood.

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Incorporating certain foods into your diet can boost your vitamin D levels

Vitamin D plays an especially important part in the absorption of calcium into your bones and teeth from the food you eat. This is essential to your oral health as it helps to fight demineralisation caused by bacteria and improves the strength of your teeth, keeping your pearly whites in better shape for longer. According to the UK Vitamin D council, vitamin D receptors are also found on cells in your immune system and in your teeth. Vitamin D can bind to these receptors and increase the amount of good antimicrobial proteins in your body which help to fight the bacteria that cause dental caries.

It’s fair to say that Vitamin D is important, but research from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence suggests that as many as 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children in the UK are deficient2. Sunlight is the easiest way to achieve our daily dose of vitamin D, but from September to May the sun is at the wrong angle to produce the correct wavelength to produce vitamin D; this is why we’ve created this handy infographic, to demonstrate some of the easiest ways to incorporate Vitamin D rich foods into your diet.

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