Vitamin D and sun protection

Jessica Kootz

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Vitamin D is also called the “sunshine vitamin” and is known for its role in building and maintaining strong bones. Current studies are exploring vitamin D’s role in health and disease prevention while research shows that more than three out of four Americans have inadequate vitamin D levels.

Because it is referred to as the sunshine vitamin, you might think that vitamin D comes from the sun. However, vitamin D is unique as it is made in the human body when skin is exposed to the ultraviolent (UV) light in the sun’s rays. Unfortunately, vitamin D can be found in only a handful of foods such as oily fish.


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