Health: The Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin-DAs a new survey reveals the vital importance of vitamin D for nursing mothers, we show you how to get your recommended intake



200ml semi-skimmed milk
1 large handful washed baby spinach
80g (approx 1/4) mango – cut into chunks
80g pineapple (large slice) – cut into chunks
1/2 banana
1tbsp ground flaxseed / linseed
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp natural live yoghurt

Combine all ingredients in a blender and enjoy the nutritional boost:
-Milk and yoghurt provide protein, calcium, B12 and iodine.
-Flax and Chia seeds provide protein, fibre and plant omega 3 (ALA).
-Spinach provides folic acid and iron.
-Mango and pineapple provide vitamin C, vitamin A, fibre and folic acid.
-Banana provides potassium and vitamin B6 – with energy releasing benefits from food.

Nutri-boosting smoothie does not provide nutrient levels to replace daily supplementation recommended by a doctor.

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Living in the UK, it’s fairly difficult to get your daily dose of Vitamin D through sunshine, something most of us worry little about. However, did you know that for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers Vitamin D is essential?

A new UK survey by Nutrimum has found that while most pregnant and breastfeeding women are aware that they need to supplement folic acid, most do not know about their body’s increased need for Vitamin D – despite recommendations from the Department of Health that state women at this stage in their lives should take supplements to ensure they get 10 micrograms of the vitamin a day.

Consultant dietitian and nutritionist Lucy Jones says: “More education is needed about supplementing during breastfeeding as well pregnancy. Vitamin D is essential to build strong teeth and bones in mum and baby and its deficiency can cause rickets and heart disease in babies.”

So if you ever need an excuse to go on holiday, this it it. But for those who aren’t able to jet off in search of sun in other places, there’s other ways to top up on your in take… Nutrimum cereal bars are the only ‘non-pill’ food supplements – beneficial to those who suffer from morning sickness or always forget to take pills – which provide 100% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin D directly to pregnancy and breastfeeding women.

Additionally, we’ve teamed up with Nutrimum cereal bars to develop a delicious smoothie recipe that is full of nutritional goodness, including heaps of Vitamin D and give your morning the perfect, healthy start.

For more info visit | One nutrimum bar provides 100% RDI of folic acid and Vitamin D, and contains other key nutrients such as iron, omega 3 and iodine