In a study undertaken by the Dubai Health Authority last year, it emerged that up to 80 per cent of the residents in the UAE are lacking adequate levels of Vitamin D in their bodies. Though it is not rocket science to figure out the importance of this vitamin, many people might not be aware that sunlight is not the only available source of vitamin D. This vitamin can also be sourced from a variety of foods that are rich in the nutrient, especially when the sun is veiled by hazy and cloudy days, a condition that has been prevailing in the UAE since the last few days.
Vitamin D forms an important element in the framework of nutrients that are essentially required by the human body. It is vital in sustaining the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, thus playing a major part in good bone health. Moreover, vitamin D also promotes a healthy thyroid, a robust nervous system and a vigorous immunity.
Though some foods do contain vitamin D, they need to be consumed in large amounts to be of benefit. Foods that are exceptionally rich in vitamin D include fatty fish like sardines and salmon that are endemic to cold waters. Furthermore, foods like mushrooms, almond milk, eggs, cod-liver oil, kale, spinach, soy yoghurt and tuna are also good sources of vitamin D.
One can also invest in a good supplement that ensures the daily requirement of vitamin D is fulfilled. It is also important to include healthy fats like ghee, coconut oil and nut oils in your diet to ensure better absorption of vitamin D into the body.