Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin
Are you getting enough Vitamin D? It is estimated that approximately 42% of adults are deficient in this essential nutrient. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, bone pain, muscle weakness, depression, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Vitamin D also helps your body absorb calcium to strengthen your bones! There is even growing evidence that Vitamin D deficiency can lead to more severe COVID-19 symptoms due to its role in maintaining the immune system. To determine if you are deficient, a simple blood test from your Primary Care Physician will let you know your Vitamin D level.
Fortunately, it is both easy and affordable to raise your Vitamin D levels. The absolute best way is to get some sun! Vitamin D is called the “Sunshine Vitamin” because your body can manufacture Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Unfortunately, we don’t see much sun in Chicago during the winter, so we need to supplement our diet with Vitamin D.
At Sunset Foods, almost every department can help you raise your Vitamin D levels! The quickest and easiest way is with a Vitamin D supplement. Our health and beauty aisle carries several brands of Vitamin D in varying dosages. A typical adult should supplement between 1000-2000IU (international units) daily and as much as 5000IU to correct a deficiency. Speaking to your doctor will help you find the right amount for you.
Vitamin D is also abundant in many delicious foods! Fish such as salmon, cod, and tuna are some of the highest dietary sources of Vitamin D. Mushrooms, eggs, white beans, and spinach are also high in this essential nutrient. It is important to know that Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning you need to eat fat to absorb it properly.
At Sunset Foods, we are working to help you have your best year, so many of our vitamins are supplements are on sale this month. And if you need some help from us while shopping, don’t hesitate to ask.
Please remember, before taking any vitamin or supplement, consult with your doctor.