Are Vitamin D tablets a decent alternative to the natural UV form?

22 January 2012

Question

Is vitamin D in tablet form a genuine decent alternative to the natural UV form? Can it act as a decent substitute or alternative?

Answer

I think the answer is yes, it is an acceptable alternative. The fact is, it is very difficult in our modern world to persuade people to get out into the sunshine. I mean, that is the best thing to do to get out into the fresh air, get exercise, as well as getting sun exposure, and obviously, that's going to affect things like obesity and so on. But the reality is that especially in the winter months in the northern climbs, you're still not going to get enough vitamin D from that source, so you really have to take a supplement unless you have a diet that is very rich in oily fish which would give you a natural supply.

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