Vitamin D Supplementation in Australia: Implications for the Development of Supplementation Guidelines

Article English OPEN
Kellie Bilinski ; Peter Talbot (2014)
  • Publisher: Hindawi Limited
  • Journal: Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, volume 2,014 (issn: 2090-0724, eissn: 2090-0732)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC4152924, doi: 10.1155/2014/374208
  • Subject: Nutritional diseases. Deficiency diseases | Research Article | RC620-627 | Article Subject

High rates of vitamin D deficiency and testing have been reported in Australia, yet there are few reports regarding vitamin D supplement use. Australian wholesale sales data was obtained for vitamin D supplements for the period 2000–2011. There has been a threefold increase in supplement sales over the past decade, whereby over A$94 million supplements containing vitamin D in Australia were sold during the year 2010. There were eighty-nine manufacturers that produce a variety of 195 vitamin D products. The amount of vitamin D in these products varies considerably, from 40 to 1000 IU per unit, although supplements containing only vitamin D had the highest amount of vitamin D. There was a trend for sales to increase in winter months. Given the potential public health benefits of vitamin D, there is an urgent need for a better understanding of supplementation use and for the development of supplementation.
Share - Bookmark