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The various sources of Vitamin D

BY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-12-13
 



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Vitamin D is an important nutrient that is needed for the regular functioning o the body. This is because only when the person has a regular supply of this vitamin will the body be healthy. Vitamin D, in fact, has many important functions in the body that will be affected if the Vitamin is not found in adequate amounts in the body. There are various sources of Vitamin D that every person should now because only when the individuals know the sources will they be able to consume the foods or take appropriate action to have adequate amount of this Vitamin in the body.

Most common sources of Vitamin D

1. Sunlight:

The suns light and rays are one of the best sources of Vitamin D. This is because only when the rays of the sun fall on a person will the skin be able to synthesize the sun light and produce Vitamin D from this. This is one of the most important reasons for a person to have adequate exposure to the rays of the sun. A person who is rarely seen in the sun might get a Vitamin D deficiency. Many people who are in the sun for even a short time each day do not have any Vitamin D deficiency. The ultra violet rays from the Sun are the best sources of this Vitamin as they are synthesized by the skin to produce the Vitamin D.

2. Food / Diet:

The amount of Vitamin D in the food that we consume is less compared to the amount of Vitamin D that can be got from the sunlight. There are various kinds of foods that contain Vitamin D too. The consumption of eggs, and other kind of foods including fish oil will give enough amount of Vitamin D for the individual. Other than these foods, Vitamin D can also be found in foods like green leafy vegetables.

3. Other sources of Vitamin D:

Milk is a very good source of this Vitamin. In fact many children who are on a regular diet of milk rarely ever get any disease that is related to the decrease or deficiency of the Vitamin D. Many fish as said above, are also good sources of the Vitamin D.

These are the various important sources of Vitamin D. A person should have adequate amount of this Vitamin in the body to make sure that the person does not get any diseases that can cause problems. As already said, the decreased amount of Vitamin D in the body of the person will cause the person to have lack of absorption of Calcium and Magnesium.

This can cause the person to have the disorders that are associated with the decreased levels of these minerals. The person affected by the deficiency of these minerals can have weak bones that are very highly prone to get fractures and the person may have osteoporosis. Even young children with Vitamin D deficiency disorder can have rickets and other bone related diseases.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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