Vitamin D is available to us via 3 main sources – Nutrition, Sun, and Supplements.
With the Sun leaving us in the Fall and winter months, the other main forms are:
- Found in : Mushrooms, soy milk, coconut milk, and almond milk, Orange juice, Cereals and oatmeal
- Our body gets it from cholesterol in our skin
Found in Fatty fish like salmon, herring, trout, sardines, cod liver, Pork, Egg yolk, Cow’s milk
We can get it naturally from the sunshine. Sunlight creates a reaction in our skin, it converts the cholesterol in our skin to vitamin D. This is a type of synthesis, that :
- Happens in the liver in the ‘storage form’ of (calcidiol)
- Then happens in in kidneys in its ‘active form’ (calcitriol)
And then it is available in health supplements like D3 soft gel capsules or other supplements. Vegan diets don’t fulfill their requirement through animal sources, so Vitamin D supplements are important. Babies need vitamin D for healthy growth.
Calcium and phosphorus are known for the strengthening of bones. Vitamin D helps in the absorption of these two nutrients and so contributing bone strength and health.
Vitamin D strengthen our immune system. And a good immune system kills cancer cells..
You can fight off your depression by boosting your vitamin D levels. Some symptoms of depression or even anxiety are linked to low levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to obesity. If you are working weight loss, D supplementation can aid your weight loss plan.
Vitamin D, A and others
It is important to note that vitamin D works in combination with other vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin K and others. So a balanced regimen is important.
For an optimum working condition of your body, levels of both vitamins should be sufficient.
So get outside, enjoy that sunshine, eat nutritious food, and add D in the form of supplements. Especially in the fall.