Vitamin D, in depth

Where to find it, why it matters

PCC Taste | January 2011

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Which foods offer the "sunshine vitamin" in abundance? Former PCC Nutrition Educator Leika Suzumura, R.D., gives you the lowdown.

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Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” because our body makes it from exposure to the sun. Traditionally, it’s been recognized for its relationship with calcium to support bone health. Recent studies, however, demonstrate vitamin D’s relevance to health issues including diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and even autoimmune diseases. Doctors are finding that many people are deficient in vitamin D, especially in colder, less sunny climates.

So how do we get the sunshine vitamin in the middle of winter here in the Northwest? In addition to the foods listed below, cod liver oil and fortified foods like cow’s milk, some orange juices and cereals, or a supplement can be added to the diet for a boost. And, don’t forget to soak in the rays of the sun when it’s out!

by Leika Suzumura, R.D., former PCC Nutrition Educator

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