Germany increases vitamin D to 800 IU - Jan 2012

The German Nutrition Society published new estimated requirements for daily vitamin D intake
For all age groups beyond infancy, a daily intake of 20 µg is recommended in case of absent UV-B-exposure.
With respect to the prevention of vitamin D deficiency (25[OH]D < 30 nmol/l) this is a clear progress compared to the former recommendation of 5 µg per day.

Translation by Google from

Research results in recent years provided evidence for a role of vitamin D for the prevention of several chronic diseases. A working group of the German Society for Nutrition Association (DGE) has evaluated the scientific data on this. Current evidence clearly confirms that a good vitamin D intake may reduce the risk in older people for falls, fractures, loss of strength, mobility and balance loss, and premature death. Hypotheses such as a reduction in risk for cancer or diabetes mellitus with vitamin D could not be proved.

In Germany, there are approximately 60% of the population according to international criteria, insufficient vitamin D supply.
For them, the marker is for the supply in the blood, the concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25 (OH) D), below the desired value of 50 nmol / l.
To achieve this concentration in the blood indicates the DGE as a new reference value for vitamin D intake, assuming a lack of endogenous formation of 20 micrograms vitamin D per day.

About the diet with the usual food take young people and adults 2-4 micrograms vitamin D per day.
The difference between the intake of food and the appraised value in the absence of endogenous formation must be covered by the vitamin D formation in skin and / or through the ingestion of a vitamin D preparation. For frequent outdoor exercise, especially during physical activity outdoors and uncovered skin with sufficient parts, the desired vitamin D supply without taking a vitamin D supplements can be achieved.
- - - - - - -

200 IU ==> 800 IU beyond infancy

A good step in the right direction - a long ways to go, especially for those with dark skins

See also VitaminDWiki

IoM and Endocine recommendations graph

2959 visitors, last modified 23 Jun, 2012,
Printer Friendly PDF this page! Follow this page for updates