Vitamin D Benefits: Avoiding the Flu with Food

This month, anyone who lives North of Atlanta is sunshine starved and, therefore, Vitamin D deficient. So unless you have plans to fly south soon, you had better have a backup plan.

Milk (and some brands of milk products, like yogurt) are Vitamin D fortified. But, the amounts aren’t high enough to ensure you’re topped up to a protective level to prevent osteoporosis, cancer and, studies are showing, many other chronic illnesses.

Vitamin D has been shown to prevent colds and flu along with Vitamin C and Zinc. But Vitamin D is harder to come by when the sun sets in October. Our bodies store D in our livers and use it up during the darkness – but by December or January, we run out.

Here are some good sources of Vitamin D enriched foods that you can try to add:

  • Salmon
  • Cod liver oil
  • Liver
  • Eggs
  • Caviar
  • Greek caviar dip taramasalata

Get as much as you can from your plate and glass, but remember that Vitamin D is one of those nutrients you may want to consider supplementing. (Or flying south to get!)

 

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Theresa Albert is an on-camera food and health expert, nutritionist and writer who loves to spread the word on food. She is a Food Communications Specialist and Toronto Personal Nutritionist. Tweet with her at @theresaalbert & find her daily at www.theresaalbert.com

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