Not Enough Sun in Australia? How Supplements Can Improve Your Health

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Staying on top of your health is of utmost importance, and as we are living in an increasingly health-conscious world there is a slew of information as to what we can do to make our bodies and minds feel better.

At times all this information can be overwhelming, but in this article, we want to summarize a small but powerful way you can improve your health, vitamins.  Some people have negative memories of vitamin supplements because their parents made them take vitamin pills when they were younger, but they are a simple way to boost your health without having to make any drastic changes to your routine.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D pills are the most popular single-vitamin supplements, and they are on the rise due to Vitamin D deficiency due to low sunlight exposure.  More people are picking a Vitamin D supplement over risking their skin to harmful rays from the sun.

In Australia, Vitamin D deficiency is quite common with over 30% of adults suffering from Vitamin D deficiency.  This deficiency mainly comes during the winter months, but a supplement may be necessary for those who don’t get enough sunlight.

Vitamin D is important as it helps your body absorb calcium to increase bone growth and fight against infections.  Low amounts of Vitamin D can result in weak bones manifesting in rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.

Your body will produce Vitamin D on its own, but it must be exposed to sunlight.  So, if you do not get enough exposure to sunlight, either living in a northern climate or living a busy office life, then a Vitamin D pill could greatly improve your health.


Multivitamins are also popular and can offer a wider range of vitamins for a more comprehensive.  For particularly vitamin deficient people, they can be a lifesaver, but there are several precautions you need to take before relying on a multivitamin.

Multivitamins should not be treated as a cure-all to health problems. Healthy diet and exercise are still needed to live a healthy and balanced life.  Also, if you are unaware of how many vitamins you are taking in, a multivitamin might be too heavy-duty for you and you could end up with toxic levels of vitamins in your system.  Therefore, it is advised to consult a doctor before switching to a multivitamin.

Fish Oil

Finally, to perhaps the most popular supplement: fish oil pills.  Fish are renowned for their health benefits, but for those not too keen on eating fish, a fish oil pill can be a good substitute.

Fish oil pills are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which the body does not produce on its own.  Fish oil pills are used for a whole host of reasons including pain reduction, treating heart disease, ADD, bipolar disorder, and many more.

As with any supplement, it is not a catch-all as fish oil pills can thin your blood and lower your blood pressure if mixed with other medication.


Vitamin supplement companies are sprouting up everywhere, and you have more choice than ever to improve your health.  Supplements and vitamin pills can make a real difference in your life, especially if you are getting an inadequate level of vitamins due to your dietary choice or lifestyle.

But, before purchasing your newest vitamin, make sure you are acquainted with your body and you may even want to consult a doctor for the best results.

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