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Vitamin D: Sunshine & Supplement Sustenance

May 16, 201713 min
Learn how to get your vitamin D requirements if you don't soak up the sun daily.Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that can be found in fatty foods like fish. We can also generate it in our bodies if we’re exposed to sunlight.This vitamin is essential for the body’s absorption of calcium, magnesium, phosphate, iron and zinc. It helps your bones stay strong, improves red blood cell count and reduces risk for heart disease. Fifteen minutes of sunlight per day should help you reach the recommended amount of vitamin D. Most people need about 400 IU per day. If you don’t get enough sun exposure or vitamin D in your diet, a supplement may be your best option. Listen as Dr. John Higgins joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how to get more vitamin D into your diet.

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