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

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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

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