Vitamin D, also known as the "Sunshine Vitamin” has been recognized for many years as the bone vitamin that people sometimes lack when they don’t get enough of the sun’s UV rays. Various foods are fortified with vitamin D, (like cereals, dairy products, and orange juice), and doctors and nutritionists recommend taking extra vitamin D in the winter to maintain healthy teeth, bones and hair. During the summer, simply going outside and catching some warm sunny rays can be sufficient for getting our daily quota, as well as eating fish, meat, cheese, eggs, almonds, mushrooms or vitamin D-fortified foods.
Vitamin D has been mainly used over the years for reducing the risk of osteoporosis, bone fractures and increasing bone density. I can also help with maintaining cognitive functions in older adults, with an increase in verbal memory and verbal fluency and processing speed, as well a helping to treat certain autoimmune diseases and menstrual pain.
Now that summer is here, make sure to enjoy some quality time outside in the sun, but don’t forget to apply sunscreen!