Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that can be absorbed from the sun and obtained through diet. However, it’s naturally present in very few foods. Milk, fish, eggs, cheese and yogurt are some of the foods that are naturally high in vitamin D. Some food are enriched with vitamin D because most people don’t have enough vitamin D in their diets.
The sun provides the main source of vitamin D for most people. Even being outside on a sunny day, for 10-20 minutes a day, can allow your body time enough to absorb your daily dose of vitamin D. However, if you’re wearing sunblock, you won’t be able to absorb the majority of this vitamin.
Wearing sunblock when outdoors is very important. There are approximately 1.5 million deaths per year in the U.S. from skin cancer. Vitamin D plays a role in the prevention of many different types of cancers, diabetes, and a list of other medical conditions. It also plays many an important role in the body’s neuromuscular immune function and modulation of cell growth.
For those of you that may be lacking in vitamin D foods from your daily diets and are avoiding the sun because you don’t go outdoors or are diligent about wearing sun block, vitamin D supplements can help you obtain your daily dose. Vitamin D is a very inexpensive supplement that can be purchased almost anywhere. Generally, the easiest and most cost effective way to buy supplements is online.