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Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin
Posted On: 17-Oct-2014

You need vitamin D for healthy bones and to boost your immune system, but use care when getting it from sun exposure.

Vitamin D, an essential vitamin, is both a hormone-like compound and a fat-soluble vitamin, “Almost all cells and tissues of the body require vitamin D.”

Vitamin D is naturally present in very few foods. Also, when the skin is exposed to the sun, our bodies make vitamin D. “That’s why it’s often referred to as the sunshine vitamin,”
Vitamin D's benefits include:

  1. It brings calcium to your bones and teeth, helping to protect you against bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Its role in bone health is probably the best – known vitamin D benefit.
  2. It regulates how much calcium stays in your blood, contributing to heart health.
  3. It helps strengthen your immune system and regulate cell growth.

Good Vitamin D Sources
Natural sources of vitamin D include egg yolks and cold-water fish such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon

Many foods are fortified with vitamin D, including:

  1. Milk
  2. Breakfast cereals
  3. Margarine
  4. Orange juice
  5. Yogurt
  6. Cheese
  7. Bread
  8. Soy drinks

Read the nutrition facts panel of the product to see if it has been fortified with vitamin D.
Most people can produce adequate amounts of vitamin D by getting 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure every day
You need vitamin D to keep your bones healthy and protect against osteoporosis. Most people get adequate amounts of vitamin D from limited exposure to the sun and through diet, but people who are inside all day and who don’t like any of the foods that are good sources of vitamin D or that have been fortified with vitamin D, such as milk, should consider taking dietary supplements. Consult your doctor for an individualized recommendation for how much is right for you.

Courtesy Diet & Nutrition Dept
Nanavati Hospital Super Speciality

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