Vitamin D, widely known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is a vitamin that helps the body absorb calcium. Your body will naturally produce vitamin D if you’ve spent time in the sun. It is essential to your body’s nutrients and must be present to allow calcium and other vitamins to absorb in your bloodstream.It is called the sunshine vitamin because our body will naturally produce enough of the daily requirement if you spent ten to 15 minutes in the sun at least 3 times a week. However, a surprising amount of people, even those who live in sunny climates, have a vitamin D deficiency. It’s important to include it in your diet if you aren’t getting enough natural sun exposure. Read on for more specific information!
More resources on Vitamin D
Vitamin D: Outlines what type of vitamin it is, explains dosing information, and how much intake is needed for different age groups.
Vitamin D: Background information on the vitamin and information on deficiencies.
Vitamin D: Power Nutrient and Health Booster
Time in the Sun: How much is needed for Vitamin D?
Vitamin D and Your Health: Breaking old rules and raising new hopes
National Institutes of Health Fact Sheet for Vitamin D: Describes how Vitamin D is naturally created and outlines healthy doses in an intake chart.
Find a Supplement for Vitamin D: Find an overview, uses, side effects, interaction and dosing information on vitamin D.
Vitamin D3: Sources for Vitamin D intake.
Recommended Daily Vitamin D Intake: Recent studies lead to an increase in daily intake values.
Vitamin D Levels Affect on Eye Health: How healthy levels of Vitamin D will decrease your risk of macular degeneration
Medical News: Time in the sun and benefits of Vitamin D can outweigh skin cancer dangers
World’s Healthiest Foods: What Can Vitamin D Do for you?
Vitamin D and Other Nutrients: Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption and synthesis of many other vitamins and nutrients including: calcium, insulin and blood pressure regulation.
Vitamin D Benefits Beyond Bone Health: The benefits of Vitamin D reach further than bone health and has become a nutrient that is essential to our health.
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