Nutrition Education| Vitamin D

Today we are going to briefly discuss Vitamin D which is also known as the sunshine vitamin. Our goal is to educate you on important information that will help you on your healthy lifestyle journey.

Vitamin D Introduction

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that promotes the absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. Calcium is mainly asscoiated with vitamin D because of its significant role in calcium homeostasis and metabolism. The 3 ways vitamin D can be obtained is through sun exposure, food, and supplements. Most people meet some of the recommended vitamin D daily value intake from exposure to sunlight in which the body produces vitamin D. Bone growth, reduction of inflammation, modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular, and immune function are other important roles that vitamin D play in the body.

Vitamin D Food Sources

Due to the limited amount of foods in nature that contain vitamin D, fortification is often the primary source. Fatty fish and fish liver oils are among the best sources of vitamin D with fortification.

  1. Orange juice fortified with vitamin D: 1 cup contains approx. 137 IU, 37% DV (Daily Value)
  2. Milk, nonfat, reduced fat, and whole fortified with vitamin D: 1 cup contains approx. 115 – 124 IU, 29% – 31% DV
  3. Yogurt fortified with vitamin D: 6 ounces contains approx. 80 IU, 20% DV

Vitamin D Other Important Key Notes

Governmental regulatory agencies stipulate for the food and dietary supplement industries certain health claims as allowable as statements on packaging.

  • US Food and Drug Administration: ” Adequate calcium and vitamin D, as part of a well balanced diet, along with physical activity, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

References

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

WebMD

Wikipedia

Disclaimer: This blog post provides information that should not take the place of medical advice. We encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be the best for your overall health.

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