Fun In the Sun: The Health Benefits of Vitamin D

From Medical News Today  |  By Megan Ware

 …at least in sensible doses, exposure to the sun is important for maintaining healthy bones and teeth, and for supporting the immune system, lung function, heart health, the brain and nervous system. It may also protect against cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. It’s all thanks to the Vitamin D our bodies synthesize through exposure to the sun, sensible sun exposure that is.

Estimates indicate that 5 to 10 minutes 2 to 3 times per week allow most people to produce sufficient vitamin D, but vitamin D breaks down quickly, which means stores can run low, especially in winter.

Good food sources of Vitamin D include swordfish, salmon, tuna canned in water, eggs, fortified skim milk and sardines.

To read more about the health benefits of Vitamin D, click here.