Vitamin D research for the elderly
In 2016, a group of European researchers conducted a study* on the intake of Vitamin D among older people.
The study was carried out in the Netherlands in the vicinity of Wageningen.
245 people from between 65 and 80 years of age participated.
The Vitamin D intake was determined and compared with the recommendations of the Health Council.
For people over 70 years of age, the Health Council recommends 20 µg** or 800 International Units (IE)***.
The researchers state that the need for micronutrients increases with agebut that this greater need is not being met.
This is striking because the Health Council's advice is already low.
Scientific research has shown that we at least 3,000 to 4,000 IU vitamin D daily need.
* Source: Science Direct; 'Conventional foods, followed by dietary supplements and fortified foods, are the key sources of vitamin D, vitamin B6, and selenium intake in Dutch participants of the NU-AGE study.
** Source: Health Council of the Netherlands; https://www.gezondheidsraad.nl/documenten/adviezen/2012/09/26/evaluatie-van-de-voedingsnormen-voor-vitamine-d