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Fitness & Health

27th Jan 2021

Pharmacists urge people of Ireland to take Vitamin D supplement

Rudi Kinsella

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“People in Ireland have earned a reputation for being at risk of Vitamin D deficiency so it’s a good idea to chat to your pharmacist.”

There has been a wide discussion surrounding Vitamin D and Covid-19 ever since the outbreak of the virus, and while there is no concrete evidence as to whether there is any sort of connection, pharmacists in Ireland have urged people to consider taking a supplement if they aren’t getting enough Vitamin D in their diet.

The consumption of Vitamin D has a number of health benefits, and while it is naturally in our bodies when we’re exposed to sunlight, spending a lot of time indoors, such as during Covid restrictions, or during winter conditions, will reduce your natural vitamin D production.

And who among us hasn’t spent more time indoors over the past 12 months?

People of Ireland are also known for not getting as much as Vitamin D as other parts of the world.

While regular multivitamins do sometimes contain some Vitamin D, typically the amounts are not very large and would not be sufficient to correct a deficiency in Vitamin D.

Pharmacists of Ireland have issued a reminder that there are a range of Vitamin D supplements available over the counter and some on prescription.

CarePlus Pharmacist in Dublin Cormac Spooner said: “We’ve known for many years about how important Vitamin D is for the body so if it does protect against Covid-19, then it’s another great reason to keep on top of your intake.

“People in Ireland have earned a reputation for being at risk of Vitamin D deficiency so it’s a good idea to chat to your pharmacist about it.

“It seems that every day we see new evidence around the benefits of supplements, and indeed the potential risks of not getting enough Vitamin D. So while the debate over its role in protecting against Covid-19 continues, everyone should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of Vitamin D anyway.

“Pharmacists can identify a suitable supplement, depending on a customer’s age, general health and any other medications they may be taking.”

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