Up to 40% of the population is estimated to be vitamin D-deficient. Having sufficient levels of vitamin D, which is created in the skin’s lower layers through the absorption of sunlight, plays a crucial role in the immune and metabolic function.
It helps keep bones and teeth healthy, supports the brain and nervous system and regulates the insulin levels and helps manage diabetes. It also supports cardiovascular health and functioning of the lungs.
Food sources of vitamin D include:
- Oily fish
- Fortified milk
- Fortified cereals and juices
- Vitamin D supplements