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Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 374208, 4 pages
Research Article

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

1Westmead Breast Cancer Institute, Westmead Hospital and The University of Sydney, P.O. Box 143, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia
2Department of Dietetics & Nutrition, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia

Received 4 June 2014; Revised 20 July 2014; Accepted 8 August 2014; Published 19 August 2014

Academic Editor: Cindy Davis

Copyright © 2014 Kellie Bilinski and Peter Talbot. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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.