Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous, it contributes to joint and bone health. Researchers have found that Vitamin D may help reduce the risk of other diseases such as cancer, chronic pain, cardiovascular and may protect against autoimmune disease.
Recent research has shown good management of vitamin D deficiency may be a simple and cost-effective method to prevent the serious complications associated with diabetes. The Diabetes Educater suggests that diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, and a low intake of Vitamin D may increase the risk of cardiac events.
You would find this vitamin in very few foods and it is normally available as a dietary supplement. People who are exposed to normal quantities of sunlight do not need the ‘Sunshine vitamin’ as Vitamin D is normally produced in the skin after exposure to sunlight.
If you find that you don’t receive enough sun for your daily dosage of Vitamin D then here are a few ways you may obtain this vitamin,
- Oily fish and eggs.
- fortified foods such as margarine, breakfast cereals and powdered milk.
- Vitamin D supplements.