September 28, 2022


For First-Rate Health

Vitamin D is tough to come by in winter but it’s needed

With the darker winter months, Vitamin D “the sunshine vitamin” is harder to get, but is still needed to stay healthy according to the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center at Colorado State University. The body has the ability to create this nutrient when heat from the sun triggers a reaction in the skin to activate this vitamin, but it’s also important to get this nutrient from food.

Vitamin D is generally found in fish (salmon, herring, and sardines), egg yolks, dairy products, mushrooms that have been grown in UV light, cereals, and fortified fruit juices.

Vitamin D has an important role in almost every part of the body, including the bones, muscles, immune system, and brain. Vitamin D works to control calcium levels in the blood. This calcium then goes on to build bones and is used by muscles. Vitamin D supports immune cells and improves the immune response to germs. In the brain, Vitamin D supports cell health and offers protective benefits against diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.