Vitamin D - the Basics

Where does Vitamin D come from?

Most Vitamin D comes from sunlight on the skin. The vitamin forms under skin in reaction to sunlight. However, Vitamin D can also be found in certain foods including;

  • Oily Fish - Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel, Sardines etc

  • Egg yolks

  • Red meat & Liver

  • Fortified foods - Breakfast cereals e.g. cornflakes (v)

For Vegans

  • Fortified foods - Breakfast cereals e.g. cornflakes (v)

  • Fortified soy milk

  • Mushrooms

  • Vitamin D supplements

Function of Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps to maintain bone health by mainly ensuring enough calcium is supplied to the blood. How does it do this? It enhances the absorption of dietary calcium from the intestine.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Some adults are at risk of loss of bone density and or softening also known as Osteomalacia. When this happens it can result in severe pain and bone fractures. WHY? This happens because they absorb too little calcium from a diet low in Vitamin D.

Ideal recipes

Tuna & Avocado Salad

Breakfast cereal and fortified milk (v)

Simple scrambled eggs or scrambled tofu, using fortified milk

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