Survey: Humans need more vitamin D

How much vitamin D do you get a day? A new survey found that almost half of people living in the United States and two other countries fall short of their dietary needs.

The results of the survey, which was commissioned by the Global Nutrition and Health Alliance (GNHA), revealed that roughly 45 percent of American, British, and German adults do not have enough of this necessary vitamin in their daily diet. Seventy-two percent of the respondents, however, said they have either a “healthy” or “optimal” diet.

An array of vitamin D supplements.

An array of vitamin D supplements.

Fifty-two percent said they take in all necessary nutrients through food.

Country-wise, 48 percent of Americans consume enough vitamin D via their diet, compared to 44 percent of Brits and 42 percent of Germans.

Americans lead the way in taking a vitamin D supplement (62 percent), with Brits (32 percent) and Germans (31 percent) far behind. The survey had more than 3,000 participants.

“Preaching about proper diet is not enough. Perceptions of a healthy diet and the fact that it is very difficult to consume the recommended intake of nutrients such as Omega-3 and Vitamin D via diet alone, require us to rethink that approach,” said GNHA founding member Nigel Denby, RD, Head of Dietetics at Grub4Life in London. “Additional studies are needed to demonstrate the truth behind what people report they are consuming and what they really are eating. These types of studies would help further discussion about the role of vitamin and mineral supplementation as part of a healthy diet.”

Researchers are still discovering the benefits of vitamin D, but the substance has been found to help maintain density in bones. In general, many of the cells within the body require vitamin D to work properly.

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