Importance of Vitamin D

Sunshine

What is vitamin D, and why is it so important? Well, vitamin D enhances the body’s ability to absorb calcium – preventing brittle bones and promoting growth in children. Vitamin D also provides immunity boost for the body too. On top of these benefits, vitamin D has been linked to the following:

  • Prevention of breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Autism prevention
  • Blood pressure
  • Neuromuscular diseases prevention
  • Osteoporosis prevention

Vitamin D and the Sun

The best source is sun. Direct exposure to sunlight a few times a week will make sure you acquire all the vitamin D you need.

The sun doesn’t provide vitamin D, it’s actually our own skin. Human skin produces vitamin D when it is exposed to ultraviolet light. Be aware of the harmful effects of overexposure to sun and UV-rays. If you aren’t lucky enough to live in a sunny area you can always find alternative sources for vitamin D.

Other Sources of Vitamin D

  • Salmon, Sardines, Tuna, Mackerel (wild-caught)
  • Sun-exposed button mushrooms – you can exposed them to sunlight to increase vitamin D
  • Cod liver oil
  • Vitamin D-Fortified dairy products
  • Vitamin D-Fortified Egg yolks