Vitamin D : Current UK Intake & Ideal Nutritional Requirements

The Department of Health (DoH), (2008), recommend adults aged between 18-65 to ingest approx 10 micrograms of Vitamin D per day, especially if you are confined to being indoors. The vast majority of our vitamin D intake comes from solar UV light and the action on our skin.

The average dietary intake of vitamin D by adults in the UK is approx 3 micrograms per day, with the main dietary sources being fatty fish such as Herring, Mackeral, Pilchards and Sardines for example. Eggs are also a great source, and so too is food fortification i.e. the addition of vitamin D to margarines and some cereals.

A vitamin D supplement is important for those who don’t get out all that often, and when there is a lot of cloud cover such as in the winter months. A good vitamin D supplement will deliver around 15 micrograms of vitamin D per serving.


Department of Health, (2008). Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom. London: TSO.



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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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