Vitamin D has always been important, as it aids in the absorption of calcium and helping to form and maintain strong bones.
Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin”, is produced in the skin when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D and Calcium also work together to prevent many chronic diseases. New research suggests they even protect us against certain cancers.
It’s become more difficult to absorb vitamin D the traditional way as many of us are following our dermatologists and health agencies recommendations to cover up with UVA/UVB sunscreen. Fortunately the sun is not the only way to get vitamin D. Many people now rely on food sources are and if necessary, supplements.
Vitamin D occurs naturally in fatty fish, fish oils, and is routinely added to milk. Here is a list of some foods containing vitamin D.
- Cod liver oil
- Tuna fish
- Fortified Milk, varying fat contents
- Fortified breakfast cereal
- Egg (Vitamin D is found in yolk)
- Liver and beef
- Some cheeses
Get out there and enjoy the Spring time sun safely and consult your physician for a suggested dose of this important vitamin.