Ayurveda Vitamin D Foods: Natural Sources Of Vitamin D

There are many Vitamin D foods that are naturally available. Though naturally available through ultra violet rays, the body may require extra Vitamin D in the form of food, especially in people who do not get exposure to UV rays of Sun. From a growing kid to elderly people, all require Vitamin D for a perfect bone & joint health. 

What is Vitamin D ?

Vitamin D is a fat soluble Vitamin.  There are two major forms
Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) – It is produced in our skin due to exposure to ultraviolet B light from the sun or artificial source and is also available in natural sources of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D benefits

Vitamin D does the following functions –

  • Vitamin D acts as cytokine, defending the body against microbes (bacteria, virus etc. )
  • Vitamin D acts as a hormone, which regulates the concentration of calcium & phosphate in the blood. This helps to promote growth and bone formation.
  • Vitamin D along with calcium helps to avoid osteoporosis (porous and weak, degraded bones).
  • Vitamin D also looks after nerve-muscle co ordinate functioning,  reduces inflammation, and influences gene action.
  • Vitamin D has a role in preventing cancer

Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency can result in weakness of bones and joints, thin and brittle bones. Deficiency may cause rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.

Vitamin D deficiency may also lead to increased risk of disease related to heart and blood vessels.

Vitamin D food sources

As explained above, UV rays  – artificial or natural, helps to make Vitamin D in the body. Apart from it, inclusion of the below listed foods with Vitamin D is very beneficial.

  • Cheese
  • Margarine
  • Butter
  • Pure Cod liver oil
  • Milk
  • cereals
  • Tuna fish
  • Sardines
  • Egg yolk
  • Margarine
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Spinach
  • Mushroom
  • Certain food items are fortified with Vitamin D – like fortified milk and fortified orange juice.

18 thoughts on “Ayurveda Vitamin D Foods: Natural Sources Of Vitamin D”

  1. How can a vegetarian get enough vitamin D ? What all foods and seeds to add in the diet? Is methi dana an option for cod liver oil? Please reply.

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    • Methi is not a source of vitamin D. If you are ok with cod liver oil, then it is a fine. At least, you will be taking it in form of capsule and do not worry about taking non veg. As any hard gelatin capsule that we consume is non veg in nature. So that is taken care.
      if egg is fine, then it has quite a good amount of vitamin D
      Wikipedia enlists UV radiated mushroom as a source of Vitamin D.

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  2. margarine is not a food, nor is cereal. milk is damaged goods, tuna too hunted. fish is not really an answer. and butter is milk, fortified is not really natural is it!! come on!!

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  3. My Vitamin D level has gone very low (0.4 as compared to suggested range of 30 to 100). Is there any Ayurvedic medicine to supplement Vitamin D. I am strict vegetarian (no meat, fish, egg, mushroom, onion and garlic). I do take milk but I have very high cholestrol.

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    • We can plainly say that there are no exact Ayurvedic equivalent to b 12 and d3. And we are legally prescribe the market available b12 and d3 supplements.

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  4. Plz don’t tell Ayurveda do not have medicines for Vitamin D deficiency. U don’t know doesn’t mean Ayurveda doesn’t have medicine.

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