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Vitamin D: the sunshine vitamin

It's a fact of life that Western Washington isn’t the sunniest place on earth between the months of October and March. Yet sun exposure, with its ultraviolet rays, is the primary source of vitamin D, which is synthesized through the skin.

Vitamin D is crucial for healthy bones, helping to prevent osteoporosis, because it aids in the absorption of calcium. Also, more and more research indicates that vitamin D may help combat certain cancers, multiple sclerosis and depression. So for individuals living in the Seattle area, a boost of vitamin D can be a wise choice during our wettest months. Learn even more from our Ask the Nutritionist podcast on this topic!

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Brighten up with vitamin D

At PCC, we have many different options for vitamin D supplementation including:

PCC Vitamins

We offer vitamin D in different strengths so you can get the amount best-suited for your needs. You specifically can get vitamin D3, and vitamin D in the form of fish liver oil. Our supplements are professionally formulated without unnecessary additives and thoroughly tested to ensure they're safe for your body.

Carlson D-drops and Solar D Gems

Ddrops are pure, natural, liquid vitamin D3 that you simply drop onto your food or tongue. Or pick up Solar D Gems, soft gels formulated in two strengths that also provide 115 milligrams of omega-3s.

Rainbow Light Vitamin D Sunny Gummies

These citrus-flavored gummies are a tasty way to get your vitamin D and are safe for children, too. They contain organic cane sugar and are 100 percent natural, free of artificial colors, flavors and other additives.

Before regularly supplementing with a specific vitamin or mineral, it's always good to consult your health physician.

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Vitamin D in food

Very few foods naturally contain vitamin D. Fish liver oils are among the best sources, as found in halibut, salmon and tuna. Very small amounts of vitamin D are found in cheese and egg yolks.

As a result, fortified foods provide most of the vitamin D in the American diet. Most milk has been fortified since the 1930s. You'll also find breakfast cereals, orange juice and yogurt that have undergone fortification.

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