Vitamin D Supplementation in Australia: Implications for the Development of Supplementation Guidelines
- Publisher: Hindawi Limited
Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism,
(issn: 2090-0724, eissn: 2090-0732)
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.