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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.

Panchakarma Therapies

Ayurvedic Panchakarma Detoxification therapies such as Vamana, Virechana and Basti treatments help in improving the Agni – digestive strength and to improve the absorption of VItamin D better from the gut.

Ayurvedic oil massage along with steam therapy helps the skin in improving the absorption of sunrays and converting it to vitamin D naturally.

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