Vitamin D is known to be essential for the overall health of the body, and it helps maintain the strength of your bones and teeth, while also maintaining healthy muscles. But can you take a lot of vitamin D supplements?
Some scientists have claimed that vitamin D can reduce the risk of infection with the Coronavirus. While more research is still needed, it appears that about 80% of all Covid-19 patients suffer from vitamin D deficiency.
However, if you decide to take a vitamin D supplement this winter, it is vitally important that you avoid taking a very high dose.
The NHS has warned that taking too much of the supplement over a short period of time can lead to hypercalcemia.
Hypercalcemia mainly describes the presence of too much calcium in the body, which in fact weakens the bones and may damage the kidneys.
She urged avoiding taking more than 100 micrograms of vitamin D in a single day.
“Taking too much vitamin D supplements over a long period of time can cause an excess of calcium in the body,” the NHS said. This can weaken the bones and damage the kidneys and heart.
This applies to adults, including pregnant and lactating women, the elderly and children, between the ages of 11 and 17.
She added that 10 micrograms of vitamin D should be sufficient for most people.
Young children (under 10 years of age) should avoid taking more than 50 micrograms of vitamin D supplements in one day.
You can increase vitamin D by eating more oily fish, eggs, or mushrooms.