Now is Your Time – Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the only nutrient that your body produces when exposed to the sunlight.

We are now at the time of year when you may want to consider a Vitamin D supplement, after discussion with your Doctor or a registered dietitian.  The natural source of vitamin D from the sun is hard to come by now and over the next several months.

Calcium works with Vitamin D to help maintain healthy bones and teeth and vitamin D also helps your muscles, nerves and immune system work properly.  

There are not a lot of food sources of vitamin D and that is why you may want to consider a supplement, particularly if you do not drink milk or a fortified soy beverage.  Personally, I have some misgivings on consuming soy products –  that is a decision for you to make for yourself.

If you consider a supplement, it is possible for you body to accumulate toxic levels of vitamin D – suggesting the importance of consulting with your doctor or a registered dietitian prior to taking a supplement.

 Cow’s milk, fortified soy and rice beverages, fortified orange juice, fatty fish like salmon and sardines, egg yolks, cheese, shrimp, mushrooms and fortified yogurts can provide some of the vitamin D that you require for optimum health.