Q: Which foods are the good source of Vitamin D?
Very few food products are a good source of Vitamin D like cod liver oil, cheese, egg yolk, etc.
Vitamin D is formed under our skin when we are exposed to the sun
Sun exposure from 10 am to 3 pm at least twice a week for 10-30 minutes can help prevent vitamin deficiency
Q: Why should one take Vitamin D?
A: With the current lifestyle, we are all based indoors in air-conditioned offices, houses and cars with hardly any exposure to the sun. It can eventually lead to an increase in Vitamin D deficiency in all age groups and more fractures and muscle weakness. There is a lot of research happening suggesting that Vitamin D may have a role in preventing the onset of diabetes, cancers like colon, breast and helps build immunity.
Q: Why does vitamin D deficiency occur?
A: Vitamin D deficiency occurs due to inadequate dietary intake, increased requirement, and impaired absorption by body.
It can happen due to limited exposure to sunlight, inability of kidneys to convert Vitamin D into active form and poor absorption from intestine.
It is also common among individuals allergic to milk products, lactose intolerant and following some specific diet like ovo-vegetarianism and veganism.