Foods Rich In: Vitamin D


A List of Healthy Foods Rich In Vitamin D.

Nowadays many people are deficient in vitamin D, which is one of the most important nutrients that the body needs.

Over time this can lead to a great range of illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoporosis and many more.
 
The body needs Vitamin D in order to absorb important minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphate. 
 
In today's video we will share with you a list of the best healthy foods which are rich in Vitamin D
 
Eating these regularly will help your liver to store more vitamin D, making you healthier overall.
 
1. Sunlight
 
Sunlight is the main and most important source of vitamin D. When your skin is exposed to ultra violet rays (UVB) it creates vitamin D and stores this in the liver. Always be careful to not overexpose your skin and get sun burn. 
 
2. Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil
 
This is the best food source supplement of Vitamin D. It also contains Vitamin A and Omega 3 fatty acids. These work to strengthen your teeth, bones and eyesight. Look for a high quality unprocessed raw cod liver oil for the best effects.
 
3. Mushrooms
 
Mushrooms are one of the only plant based sources of Vitamin D, as it is a fat soluble vitamin. These are rich in nutrients which improve the immune system and boost communication between cells in the body. Many medicinal mushrooms are used to fight cancer. 
 
4. Oysters
 
These saltwater clams are absolutely delicious and contain a high amount of Vitamin D. They also support the body with healthy doses of B12, Copper and Zinc.
 
5. Salmon

Salmon is one of the healthiest sources of Omega 3 fatty acids which heal the body internally. The Vitamin D from this is easily absorbed and improves the health of the brain and central nervous system.
 
6. Pasture Raised Eggs

Eggs contain all the building blocks of life, and the yolks contain an excellent source of vitamin D. it is important to purchase "pasture raised eggs", as the chickens are exposed to more sunlight giving the eggs more Vitamin D.
 
7. Pickled Herrings

100g of pickled herrings supplies the body with more 113% of the recommend daily intake of vitamin D. These are very tasty and can be part of a healthy balanced diet. 
 
8. Sardines

These delicious small fish are an excellent source of vitamin D, B12 and calcium. All of these help to keep your heart and cardiovascular system strong and healthy. 
 
9. Trout, Kippers, Eel and Pilchards.

These are also oily fish which supply the body with excellent amounts of vitamin D. Be sure to include a varied amount of fish into the diet to supply the body with fat soluble vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. 
 
10. Ricotta Cheese

This contains more vitamin D than any other milk based food. Although it only contains a small amount of this vitamin, it supplies trace minerals and calcium which are absorbed alongside vitamin D. These strengthen the bones, connective tissues and cellular structures in the body.
 
 
As you can see, there are many foods that you can eat to boost your levels of Vitamin D. 
 
Vitamin D is essential for building strong and healthy bones. If you are deficient in this, then your bones will be become weak and fracture easily. 
 
Eating foods rich in Vitamin K2 helps the Vitamin D in strengthening the bones, joints and connective tissues.
 
We highly recommend exposing the face and hands to sunlight at least 20-30 minutes a day. 
  
This is by far the best way to boost your vitamin D reserves.
 
You will notice that most of the foods discussed today are oily fish. This is because vitamin d is a fat soluble vitamin, which is stored in the fat cells and tissues of fish.
 
When eating fish, try to look for high quality wild caught varieties from sustainable sources. 
 
Note: There are other foods on the market which have been "fortified" with forms of vitamin D such as tofu, oatmeal, soy milk, juices, and yoghurt. 
 
These are not natural sources of the nutrient, therefore we have not recommended them in today's video. 
 
To learn more about healthy and natural sources of vitamins please see our other videos. 
    

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