Vitamin D is essential for good bone health, and it may help protect the body from illness, including against cancer and type 2 diabetes.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control, African Americans have the highest rates of vitamin D deficiency, despite clinical data showing greater bone density and fewer fractures in this group compared to other race/ethnic groups. Although more research is needed in this area, it’s safe to say that this is an area of concern.

Sources of Vitamin D & Calcium

In addition to sunlight, vitamin D is found naturally in only a handful of foods such as fish-liver oils, fatty fishes, mushrooms, egg yolks, and liver. Here are additional sources of vitamin D.

  • Mushrooms
  • Egg yolks
  • Liver
  • Salmon
  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Cod liver oil
  • Canned tuna
  • Calcium-fortified foods and drinks
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Soybeans

Signs You May Be Vitamin D Deficient

  • Fatigue
  • Bone pain
  • Muscle weakness or frequent cramps
  • Depression
  • Rickets (in children)

*Always consult your physician when determining your health status.

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