Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol) – The “Sunshine” Vitamin
Vitamin D, commonly referred to as the “sunshine” vitamin, is essential for calcium and phosphorus absorption for bone health. The following describes how Vitamin D works, who would benefit from taking Vitamin D and where to find it.
How does Vitamin D work?
- Promotes normal cell growth
- Helps maintain a healthy immune system
- Aids in calcium absorption
- Aids in bone and teeth development
- Helps prevent cancer, including breast and colon cancer
Who should supplement their diet with Vitamin D?
- Vegetarians and Vegans
- Pregnant, breast-feeding women and women who are trying to become pregnant
- Alcohol and drug users (abusers)
- Those that live in a climate with little sunshine
- Those with a decreased immune function
- Those with digestive problems
- Elderly individuals, especially those living in nursing homes
- Individuals who do not get enough Vitamin D in their diet
Where can I find Vitamin D?
- Fish: namely tuna, salmon, sardines, halibut, herring and mackerel
- Fortified milk
- Egg substitutes
- Cod liver oil
Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA): 400IU