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.
- Egg yolks
- Cod liver oil
- Canned tuna
- Calcium-fortified foods and drinks
- Collard greens
Signs You May Be Vitamin D Deficient
- Bone pain
- Muscle weakness or frequent cramps
- Rickets (in children)
*Always consult your physician when determining your health status.