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Vitamin Power

[dropcap]According[/dropcap] to recent studies, vitamin D is important for more than strong, healthy bones (vitamin D enables your body to absorb calcium). The truth is that nearly every tissue and cell type in the body benefits from vitamin D.

Low levels of vitamin D might be opening the door to multiple disorders that include heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even Alzheimer’s.

V-D-shutterstock_315246920Even though we make some vitamin D in our bodies, most of us will require additional amounts that we can derive from our diet, a supplement or the sun (10 minutes of mid-day sun is plenty).  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that you obtain vitamin D from all three of these sources in order to ensure adequate levels.

Foods that contain vitamin D include: salmon, sardines, egg yolk, shrimp, fortified milk, cereal, yogurt and orange juice.

Talk to your doctor for guidance on how to ensure you are getting the right amount.