Vitamin D : The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D : The Sunshine Vitamin

By Ritu Bhatia  on: 02 November 2017
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Vitamin D also known as The “Sunshine Vitamin" is a fat soluble vitamin, important for bone health, calcium & phosphorus absorption .It's deficiency can increase your risk of bone fractures, osteopenia, osteoporosis, rickets, prostate cancer, alzheimer’s disease , parkinson’s disease and depression. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases.

DEFICIENCY:

According to various studies, at least one third of the world is deficient in vitamin D. Why?? The answer is really simple. We get vitamin D from sun exposure. And now, more than ever, the world’s population lives an indoor lifestyle, avoiding the sun daily.

A variety of other factors reduce the skin's production of vitamin D3, including increased skin pigmentation, aging, topical application of sunscreen, fat malabsorption and obesity.

SOURCES:

1. The major source of vitamin D for children and adults is exposure to natural sunlight. Vitamin D produced in the skin may last at least twice as long in the blood compared with ingested vitamin D (Sunlight is the only reliable way to generate Vitamin D in your body) When you expose your skin to the sun, your body makes vitamin D, lots of it.

2. On the other hand, there isn’t much vitamin D found in foods. Some of the food sources are listed below:

  • Mushrooms like white button mushrooms and chanterelle.
  • Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines and cod liver oil.
  • Egg yolks, chicken breast, beef liver are other good sources.
  • Since few foods contain vitamin D naturally , therefore some foods are fortified. This means that vitamin D has been added.  These Vit D fortified foods are : milk, orange  juice and breakfast cereals.
  • Vitamin D supplements: It can be hard to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking vitamin D supplements can help.

Doctors can diagnose a vitamin D deficiency by performing a simple blood test. Get yourself checked today!!

Stay Healthy!!

Dietitian Ritu Bhatia



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