New research has shown that taking vitamin D and calcium supplements do not help lessen the risk of bone fractures in older adults. The conclusion has come from an examination of 33 research trials. From these, researchers found that people aged over 50 did not receive any benefits from taking the said supplements.

This finding has already led to a call for medical guidelines to be amended. Over 51,000 participants were involved in the trials, which examined whether the supplements lowered the risk of hip and spinal fractures, and other kinds of bone breakages.

The participants were not from nursing homes or living in institutional settings. They were given vitamin D and calcium supplements and subsequently ranged against those who had taken a placebo.

The results rebuff previous guidance given by institutions such as Public Health England, that urged people of all ages to take Vitamin D supplements in order to ward off the effects of gloomy weather and poor diets. Researchers ultimately said that that the findings clearly point out that supplements are not a worthy replacement for a healthy lifestyles during your golden years.

Doctors usually recommend vitamin D supplements to elderly people, as it is utilised by the body to sustain bone health. The recommended daily intake of vitamin D for most adults is 600 IU (international units), or 800 IU after age 70. However, when people take daily vitamin D doses of 1,000 IU or higher, they run the risk of dire side effects, specifically when with calcium.

Previous studies related high doses of vitamin D with an increased threat of falls, fractures, kidney stones, certain cancers and premature death. The latest review showed that there was very little evidence to back the association of the supplements and a lowered risk of bone fractures in either men or women.

How to Get Your Vitamin D – More Naturally!

In order to help you get your daily dose of vitamin D naturally, here are several tips:

1. Go outside
Expose yourself to sunlight during the summer months, but do so safely.

2. Eat oily fish
Salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and fresh tuna are all recommended as vitamin D-rich foods.

3. Buy eggs
Egg yolk is a great source of vitamin D.

4. Red meat
Although this is a rich source of vitamin D, the NHS is against eating more than 90g of red or processed meat a day.

5. Don’t skip breakfast cereal
Some breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamin D. Read the nutritional information on the packet to find out if the cereal is fortified and how much sugar it contains.