The easy way to boost your vitamin D intake

With around one quarter of the Australian population vitamin D deficient, new research shows there’s a simple way to inject some vitamin D back into our bodies.

Traditionally, Australians have gotten enough vitamin D through sun exposure, but with more people working longer hours with less leisure time in the great outdoors, we are seeing vitamin D deficiencies, explains Dr Ginny Mansberg.

“Vitamin D plays an important role in supporting calcium absorption in the body and sustaining good bone health and muscle function. Recent studies have also linked a deficiency of vitamin D to conditions such as cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, multiple sclerosis and some forms of cancer. 

With around 1 in 4 Australian adults having a mild or moderate vitamin D deficiency, it’s time to get educated about how we can up our intake – without baking ourselves in the sun.

It’s all about eggs                                                 

A new nutritional analysis, focused on detecting different forms of vitamin D in foods, has found that eggs are one of the highest natural sources of vitamin D.

“A serving of two 60g eggs each day can provide you with 82 per cent of your daily vitamin D needs,” Dr Ginny explains. “Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, making it a convenient way to up your intake without having to sit out in the sun.”

Since it’s important to be sun safe, knowing that the humble egg can give you a vitamin D boost is welcome news for many.

“Eggs are a nutrient-rich food that can be included daily as part of a healthy, balanced diet,” Dr Ginny adds. “Eating eggs regularly as a way to boost intakes of vitamin D is an easy, cost-effective, convenient and versatile option for many Australians.”

But aren’t eggs high in cholesterol?

“While eggs are high in cholesterol, eating eggs alone will not give you high cholesterol,” Dr Ginny stresses. “Studies have shown that consuming 12 or more eggs per week does not increase your cholesterol level or risk of heart disease any more than consuming two to four eggs per week. And some evidence suggests that egg-eaters get less diabetes.”

How to tell if you’re vitamin D deficient

Since there are no detectable symptoms, Dr Ginny says you will need to obtain a blood test through your doctor to determine.

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