Vitamin D is a very beneficent mineral for human body as well as for animals. It is very essential for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the gut. Vitamin D plays a very vital role in human life as it enhances the body’s immune system to fight against diseases. Vitamin D is also well known for the normal growth of bones. According to the new researches, it is found that vitamin D also reduces the cause of different kinds of cancer. A recommended amount of vitamin D helps prevent many other diseases like asthma, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis (MS). Vitamin D is used for the treatment of cancer of colon, pancreas, prostate and breast. Vitamin D helps control blood pressure, heart diseases, common cold, insulin, bone softening and tooth decay. As vitamin D is a secosteroid hormone therefore high amount of vitamin D is used by the athletes to give them extra energy and stamina in the games. It is seen that the vitamin D is very good for the body in many different ways but its excess amount can lead to very serious diseases like hypercalcemia, kidney failure, polyuria, polydipsia, confusion, constipation, anorexia and it can even cause death.
There are many ways to get vitamin D but the best way is to get it from nature. The most well known way to get vitamin D from nature is sun. The sun rays contains a good amount of vitamin D. We can get it by exposing our skin for 10 to 15 minutes in sun. Cod liver oil fish and meat are the foods which are good sources of vitamin D. Some other foods that are good sources of vitamin D include: croissants, soft rolls, premixed flour, hen’s egg boiled, dried or raw, quail’s egg boiled, dried or raw and silky fowl’s egg boiled dried or raw, pidan. Vitamin D can also be found in the milk of cow, goat sheep, camel and human. It can also be found in modified milk, cream, whipped cream, ice cream, cheese spread, natural cheese blue, mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, camembert, edam, ordinary liquid milk, coffee whitener, raw milk, condensed milk, fermented butter, salted butter, unsalted butter, lard, shortening, caramel, milk chocolate, custard cream puff, waffle, butter cake, doughnut, chocolate biscuit, hot cake, short bread, sponge cake and Danish pastry. Meats also have a high amount of vitamin D. The meats which are full of vitamin D are hen, duck, cow, quail, turkey, pigeon, turtle, deer, sheep and goat. Some fishes also have a good amount of vitamin D include blue fish, tuna, salmon and mackerel. The amount of vitamin D in fish reduced 50% if the fish is fried but it remains unchanged if it is baked. A very small amount of vitamin D is also found in mushrooms which include common mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, winter mushrooms, nameko and shiro kikurage.
The above mentioned foods are the good sources of vitamin D.