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Natural Sources of Vitamin D


VitaminsVitamin D is important. It can improve your bone health, help you shake off depression, and keep colds from infiltrating your system. It’s estimated that at least 30% of Americans are actually deficient in Vitamin D. The most well-known source of Vitamin D is sunlight, but it isn’t something we can always access, even when it is available. There are many opportunities to up your Vitamin D through fortified foods and beverages, like cereal, milk, and orange juice. If you want to pursue Vitamin D the natural way, though, there are a few ways you can go about it that don’t involve how tan you get.

Salmon

One of my favorite foods, one serving of salmon can give you more than the suggested daily value of Vitamin D.

Mushrooms

You can find several types of mushrooms that are grown in ultraviolet light and thus produce Vitamin D. Look for sun-grown brands here.

Tuna

If you eat three ounces of light tuna in water, you can get a quick fix of about 1/3 of the suggested daily Vitamin D dose.

Cheese

Only to be looked at as an addition as it’s not especially high, cheese a least gives you a bit of Vitamin D. One ounce of swiss contains about 4% of the recommended daily value.

Sardines

Sardines have the same Vitamin D power as salmon. Check out this article detailing sardines and America’s quest for more Vitamin D.

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