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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. Major dietary sources include fortified milk, liver, fatty saltwater fish, butter and eggs. The body is able to synthesize Vitamin D when skin is exposed to sunlight or artificial ultraviolet light.

Major Body Functions:

  • Essential for normal growth and development Required for the formation of healthy bones and teeth
  • Helps with calcium absorption from food Helps maintain proper blood levels of calcium and phosphorus.

Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Rickets (softening of bones) in infants and children
  • Osteomalacia (softening of bones) in adults

Excessive Intake and Toxicity Symptoms:

  • Calcification (hardening) of soft tissues, which can result in damage to the kidneys and heart
  • Increased excretion of calcium in urine
  • Increased calcium in blood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches, weakness and fatigue
THE BEST SOURCES OF VITAMIN D
Food Amount Micrograms (mcg)
Herring 3 ounces 35
Cod liver oil 1 tablespoon 34
Mackeral, fillet 3 ounces 8
Salmon, fillet 3 ounces 8
Tuna, Bluefin 3 ounces 4
Milk, fortified, whole 1 cup 2

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