Ideal for vegetarians and vegans, this vitamin D3 supplement comes in the form of drops and is suitable for all ages including children. Vitamin D is frequently referred to as the sunshine vitamin, as sunlight is necessary for the synthesis of this vitamin (which is produced underneath the skin following exposure to sunlight) Those at particular risk for vitamin D deficiency are the elderly (65 years+), those who rarely get outdoors (lack of sunshine) and people with dark skin. Children under five years of age are also at risk Vitamin D contributes to normal: absorption and utilisation of calcium and phosphorus, blood calcium levels, maintenance of bones and teeth, maintenance of normal muscle function, function of the immune system, vitamin D has a role in the process of cell division, vitamin D is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children, Vitamin D helps to reduce the risk of falling associated with postural instability and muscle weakness. Falling is a risk factor for bone fractures among men and women 60 years of age and older. The Department of Health recommends babies from birth to 1 year of age who are being breastfed should be given a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10µg (micrograms) of vitamin D, whether or not the mother is taking a supplement containing vitamin D. Please note they also recommend that all children aged 6 months to 5 years are given vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C and D every day unless they are having more than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula (which is fortified with vitamins). The Department of Health recommends that adults and children over the age of 1 should have 10µg of vitamin D a day.