Vitamin D supplements

Vitamin D supplements

Vitamin D supplements are recommended for people with very low vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency). If a doctor has recommended that you take a supplement, follow the directions given to ensure you receive the right amount of vitamin D.

There are many different products containing vitamin D.

What is vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a hormone that helps the body to absorb calcium. Calcium is needed to build and maintain healthy bones and keep our muscles strong.

Vitamin D is manufactured in the body when our bare skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight. Most people can get adequate vitamin D naturally this way.

A small amount of vitamin D comes from food — including oily fish, eggs, margarine and some milks — but it is very difficult to get enough vitamin D from diet alone. 

Download our 'Vitamin D tests and deficiency' fact sheet to find out if you are at risk of deficiency, how to improve your vitamin D levels, and whether you need a vitamin D test.

Find out more

To speak to a health professional over the phone, call NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424 ) Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm AEST. Calls will be answered by healthdirect Australia.

If you’ve had, or think you’ve had, more than the recommended dose of a vitamin D supplement, call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.

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