Role of Vitamin D in Good Nutrition
Vitamin D is produced by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. It is also found
in foods of animal origin.
- Vitamin D differs from other vitamins in that our
bodies can make it upon exposure to sunlight.
- In its active form, it is considered to be a hormone.
It has hormone-like effects on mineral absorption, bone mineralization and some
Vitamin D is crucial for the development of healthy
bones and teeth. Without it, the body cannot build or maintain strong bones.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in
controlling calcium absorption, which affects bone development and is also essential
for blood clotting.
When vitamin D is in short supply in the body, less calcium
is absorbed from food, and blood levels have to be maintained by taking calcium from the
Cod liver oil, herring, mackerel, sardines, salmon, margarine, tuna, and cheddar cheese
Check with your local market for the recommended daily intake of vitamin D.
People who avoid the sun completely (or get very little natural sunshine), the elderly
population, vegetarians/vegans, and pregnant and lactating women may all benefit from
adequate or slightly higher levels of vitamin D.