by CK Dillon · Filed Under: African American Baby Boomer Diet and Nutrition
We have been told time and again that vitamin D, an immune enhancer, is essential to good health. So let the sun shine in!
Some Benefits of Vitamin D
Research has shown vitamin D appears to play an important role in the prevention of diseases, such as:
- breast cancer
- colon cancer
- prostate cancer
- chronic fatigue
- decline in cognitive function
- multiple sclerosis
- rheumatoid arthritis
There are also studies which have shown that Vitamin D increases the survival rate in people who suffer from malignant melanomas, a type of skin cancer.
Cholecalciferol, a form of vitamin D found naturally in fish-liver oils (vitamin D3) and egg yolks, is also the particular kind of vitamin D that’s formed by the action of sunlight, when our skin is exposed to the sun.
O.k, it’s settled. It’s common knowledge that we get vitamin D from the sun and certain foods. The challenge is, there are myriad influences that impact our body’s ability to produce enough vitamin D from the sun, such as the:
- angle of sunrays
- season of the year
- time of day
- body’s age
- use of proper sunscreen
- individual’s pigmentation
Other Sources of Vitamin D
Just as importantly, we can receive important sources of vitamin D from several sources such as oily fish, like salmon, sardines and mackerel. We can also benefit from drinking fortified orange juice and dairy products.
So even though it is established that we all need vitamin D, not everyone is alike. While soaking in the rays from the sun for equal amounts of time, our individual body’s consumption levels will be different.
Why? We all have different sensitivities to the sun’s rays. A darker skinned person may be able to absorb more exposure than a lighter skinned person with less harmful effects.
Even if we eat the recommended amounts of fish or juices, the nutrients in that food may be lacking. We just cannot know how much fish or how many oranges to eat to acquire sufficient levels of vitamin D.
There is, however, a method of avoiding deficiencies due to an incorrect diet or lack of sufficient sun. That would be to fortify our diets with a nutritional supplement.
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