As a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin D is critical to health and wellness. Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” because it is the only vitamin that can be made by the human body from the skins response to sunlight. The Institute of Medicine recommends adults up to the age of 70 need 600 IU’s of vitamin D per day and adults older than 70 need 800 IU’s per day.
Vitamin D has many benefits, from the regulation of calcium and phosphorus metabolism contributing to strong bones. Also, it aids in the regulation of insulin metabolism and blood sugar balance helping to prevent type 2 diabetes. In addition, vitamin D assists in the regulation of blood pressure and cardiovascular health. Contributing to the prevention of high blood pressure, heart attacks, congestive heart failure and stroke. Moreover, vitamin D promotes a strong immune system and protects against cancer. Vitamin D also reduces chronic fatigue and stress.
Sun exposure is an excellent source of vitamin D, but many foods contain adequate amounts. Vitamin D can be found in fish, cod liver oil, pork, beef liver and eggs. Also, dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt. Vegans can find vitamin D in mushrooms, soy products, fortified cereals and orange juice. Vitamin D is necessary for good health and there are many benefits to including foods that are a high source of vitamin D, supplements or sunlight in your day.