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A large percentage of the population would benefit from higher levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an essential role in the prevention of some 20 common cancers, the prevention of bone problems, modulation of neuromuscular and immune function, reduction of inflammation, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes. Vitamin D also seems to improve infertility, weight control and memory.
 

The D story

While small amounts of vitamin D can be found in a few foods like fatty fish such as tuna and sardines, it’s exposure to sunlight that provides our bodies with 80% - 90% of intake. The US National Institute of Health rates sun exposure as the easiest and most reliable way for most people to get vitamin D.

 

Further Reading

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/929.html

Tags: sun, health
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