What comes to mind when you think of Vitamin D?
Fortified milk? Sunlight? Healthy bones?
All three are critical in certain aspects of vitamin D. As children, we are encouraged to drink milk fortified with vitamin D, whether or not we understood the relationship between calcium and vitamin D (which helps our bodies absorb calcium), we drank up. We were told that milk with vitamin D is like ‘liquid sunshine’, given that nature’s best way to obtain vitamin D is to soak up some rays at least 15 minutes daily.Specifically, when referring to ‘vitamin D’, we are referring to Cholecalficerol, which is D-3 (Ergocalciferol is D-2). It is actually a precursor hormone, an important one that works with Calcitrol (a steroid hormone).We’ve always known that D is related to strong bones and healthy teeth, but there is more to that childhood lesson and deserves another discussion. Continue reading