Micronutrient Moment: Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Also known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is at the top of the list for deficiencies in people due to the lack of availability and exposure to sunlight. This fat soluble vitamin can be readily absorbed by pairing a healthy fat with  food sources containing it. There are very few food sources that contain the vitamin therefore it is beneficial at times to consider a supplement containing it or get that extra 15-20 minutes a day in the sun each day.

Food Sources

  • Fatty fish; mackerel, tuna, sardines, and salmon
  • Cod liver oil
  • Egg yolks
  • mushrooms
  • raw milk

Health Benefits

  • Aids in weight management
  • Helps to lower cancer risks
  • Nervous System health
  • Bone and Muscle health due to its role in calcium absorption
  • May help reduce risks of diabetes
  • May help improve heart disease risks