Vitamin D: The Many Benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D picture 1Vitamin D plays an important role in the proper functioning of the body. Here are some of the reasons why you want to be sure you’re getting enough of the sunshine vitamin:

Bone Health
Vitamin D enables our bodies to absorb more calcium and phosphorus from our diet. Both calcium and phosphorus are crucial for bone health. A Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone loss and an increased risk of bone fractures.

Heart Health
Vitamin D may help improve heart health and reduce the probability of having a heart attack.

Reduce Depression
One study found that a Vitamin D deficiency may increase the probability of suffering depression by up to 131%.

Reduce Cancer Risk
Research has shown that getting enough Vitamin D may help prevent cancer. In combination with Vitamin D, other supplements that can help reduce the risk of cancer are EGCG, Selenium, Curcumin, and Vitamin C.

Getting just 5 to 10 minutes of sun on your skin 2 or 3 times a week can enable your body to make the Vitamin D you need. At this time of the year you’ll want to get your sun in the early mornings or in the evening when it’s not too hot. Combine this with foods rich in Vitamin D such as salmon and fortified foods, and supplement in consultation with your healthcare provider if need be.

Vitamin D-3

NewSpring Pharmacy’s Vitamin D-3 softgels supply 5,000 I.U. of natural Vitamin D3. Come into the pharmacy to purchase or order online

 

Get More Vitamin D

Get it in your food: egg yolks, beef liver, and fatty fish such as herring and salmon are good sources. Cod liver oil is a great source.

Choose fortified foods: Some milk, cereals and orange juice are fortified with Vitamin D

Get some sun: Exposure to the sun is the best natural source of vitamin D, but in moderation and with precautions to avoid the risk of skin cancer

Exercise: Exercise helps with the production of vitamin D

Supplement: Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about whether you should take supplements

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