Vitamin D is a very important vitamin needed by your body. Its deficiency can cause several health problems such as rickets, osteomalacia, skin problem, hair problems, etc.Above all, Vitamin D also prevents type 1 diabetes and high blood pressure.
Vitamin D helps in absorption of calcium and prevents various diseases such as bone loss, influenza, cardiovascular diseases, cancer etc.
Your body cannot manufacture Vitamin D hence you have to get it from external sources. Given below are some important sources of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is found in fortified foods; Milk is good source of Vitamin D.
Egg is also very good source of Vitamin D which is mainly present in egg yolk.
Wild Salmon is one of the best foods, which contains Vitamin D. It is said that it contains highest amount of Vitamin D. Hence you should consume salmon in sufficient quantity to prevent several diseases. Other fishes which contain Vitamin D are sardines, tuna etc.
Apart from Vitamin D, fishes also contain Omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely good for brain health. Omega 3 fatty acids prevent pregnant women from pre term labor, preeclampsia, and neural tube defects. It also helps to develop the brain of the unborn child and, nervous system. Omega 3 is very beneficial in reducing cholesterol and preventing high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.
Fish liver oil, liver too are also very good sources of Vitamin D.
Beef is also considered as good source of Vitamin D.But most people, do not eat beef.Hence they should look for another food for Vitamin D.
Sunlight is one of the best sources of Vitamin D. It is recommended that even if you expose your body for 15 minutes daily in sunlight your Vitamin D requirement will be fulfilled.
You should try to take sunlight in the morning or in the evening and avoid sun in mid-noon, when it shines brightest, because excess heat is not good for your skin and it can cause various skin problems.
Most of food sources which contain Vitamin D are non vegetarian foods. However mushrooms are highly rich in Vitamin D which is vegetarian food.
Soy drinks and margarine also contain Vitamin D in abundance.
Consume Vitamin D rich foods in sufficient quantity to prevent several diseases.