Convinced by the strength of research supporting the health benefits offered by vitamin D, including those linked to bone strength, dental health, immunity, cognitive and brain health, as well as cardiovascular health, the Swiss Federal Food Safety & Veterinary Office (FSVO) recommends that older people take a vitamin D supplement.
The recommendation recognises the difficulty of obtaining optimal quantities of vitamin D through dietary habits alone. Further, vitamin D production, via the human skin, is believed to decline by as much as 25% as people age. The FSVO’s recommendation is that consumers aged 65 years old or older should ingest 800 IU vitamin D daily.
The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) welcomes the current recommendation. Cynthia Rousselot, Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs, from IADSA said the organisation is “pleased to see that Swiss government recognises the importance of vitamin D and the role supplementation can play in ensuring that people consume enough of this essential nutrient.” She added, “IADSA will continue to engage with policy makers and other stakeholders worldwide to raise awareness of the role of supplementation in increasing levels of health and wellbeing.”