Vitamin D—Essential and scarce!
We all know the value of vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus, but not everyone is aware of its many functions and the co-nutrients needed to absorb and utilize this essential fat soluble nutrient. Vitamin D is vital for our endocrine system (system of hormones) to function properly. Without vitamin D our nervous system will not function properly and our ability to handle stress diminishes drastically. Without vitamin D our immune system will weaken, allowing all kinds of pathogens to take over.
In Canada vitamin D becomes quite hard to get because our body absorbs it from the sun, and as we lose our long hours of sun and warmth, there is a great reduction in the amount of time where our skin is exposed.
Some ways you can keep your vitamin D levels up to par is through food, and the best sources are salmon, mackerel, and other fish. Cod liver oil (just as Grandma said ;)), is an excellent source, as well as a great source of vitamin A and Omega 3.
An important co-nutrient which may surprise you is cholesterol. We actually need cholesterol to make use of vitamin D. Cholesterol and vitamin D combined are crucial to brain function, and studies have shown a link to Alzheimer’s and low levels of vitamin D.
So please try to get as much sun as possible, and in the winter, if you only supplement with one thing, make it vitamin D for your body and brain function! And please don’t be afraid to include healthy cholesterol in your diet such as egg yolks, raw cheese, kefir, yogurt, poultry, grass fed beef, butter, and wild fish. Coconut oil is also an excellent source!
Have a wonderful weekend!