Why people in Stirling need more vitamin D

If you live in Stirling, now is a great time to reach for the vitamin D supplements because experts have found it to be one of the UK cities where you’re most likely to be deficient this February due to a lack of sun.

In fact, Stirling is thought to have the lowest vitamin D levels in the whole of Britain this month, followed closely by Carlisle, Manchester and Bangor.


Boots Vitamins brought sand and palm trees to the city of Stirling, which only enjoys 38 per cent of the vitamin D-effective UVB of popular Spanish sunshine resort Marbella, to brighten up the winter weather. Against a grey backdrop, the pop-up beach provided locals with a little winter pick-me-up, including vitamin D supplements, to help get them through the final weeks of winter.

Scientists from the University of Manchester considered factors including available amounts of vitamin D-effective UVB rays, as well as cloud cover, ozone and aerosol levels before coming to their conclusion.

In 2018, compared to those in Scotland, those living in the south of England are thought to have experienced around 28 more days when UV rays were high enough for the body to make a useful amount of vitamin D.

According to the NHS, vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, and is needed to help keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

Boots Vitamins undertook the research in a bid to make the nation aware about the importance of vitamin D, after studies showed one in five adults and one sixth of children have low levels.

Although human bodies can store vitamin D accumulated over the summer, research indicates that these stores are not sufficient and health conditions affecting bones and muscles are on the rise.

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