This post will be the start of a new series of blog posts about vitamins and minerals, about their function in the body, sources and benefits. Due to the time of the year and some articles I came across in newspapers and other media, I would like to start this series of posts with Vitamin D.
But why do we need vitamin D and what are the health benefits?
Vitamin D has several important functions within the body, but mostly promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphate and therefore has a direct impact on bone and tooth health. Additionally, together with Calcium vitamin D can prevent osteoporosis. Furthermore, according to leading scientists, vitamin D shows breast, colon and immune health.
What are sources of vitamin D?
According to the NHS, most of the vitamin D is produced under the skin when exposed to sunlight. However, this is not the only source. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) in the US, vitamin D can be also found in the following foods:
- oily fish, such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and sardines
- fortified cereals
Who might be at risk not having enough vitamin D?
- breastfed infants
- elderly people
- people with dark skin
- people with a lack of sun exposure
- obese people
Looking at all the above facts that I have obtained from various reliable sources, it seems like that people living in Britain might be one of the risk groups to have a vitamin D deficiency, because I am sure that there are not many people who eat the above mentioned foods regularly and get enough sun exposure during the autumn and winter month. Therefore, why not give it a try with supplements…
Red Fruits & Vegetables
- Red Apples
- Black Currants
- Green Beans
- Soy beans
- Green Tea
- Green Peppers
- White Kidney Beans
Orange Fruits & Vegetables
- Passion Fruit
For more information about the phytonutrients and the health benefit of each group, please visit Nutrilite. If you are not sure if you are eating enough fruit and vegetables in the correct balance, please visit Nutrilite.com/color to make a free online ‘Daily Phytonutrient Snapshot’. Really great tool and I promise that it will surprise you.
But how can we eat even more fruit and vegetables when we are not even managing 5-a-day? Is it possible to have a busy, but healthy lifestyle? I can recommend to use plant-based vitamin supplements that will give you vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients additionally to your healthy and balanced diet, but it has to be said that it is no substitution, merely a little aid to make it easier for people who have a busy lifestyle.
Let me know, what you think about the subject. Are you eating your 5-a-day or even more? How do you make it fit into your lifestyle? Are you taking supplements?