What is Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, and many other biological effects. In humans, the most important compounds in this group are vitamin D₃ and vitamin
What are Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an essential micronutrient and it plays various roles in the body.
It not only helps our bone health, but it helps to prevent multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D can be produced naturally through the sun, but depending on where you live and how much exposure your skin has to the sun, you may not be making enough.
Look for a supplement that contains at least 1000 international units or IUs per day. Try to choose a product that is a D3 as opposed to a D2 for better absorption.
If you have more questions about the benefits of vitamin D in your diet, speak to your local dietitian or nutritionist and for supplement information visit your local food store or pharmacy.
Presenter: Ms. Sarah Ware, Registered Dietitian, North Vancouver, BC
Local Practitioners: Registered Dietitian