A safe amount of sun can help your body make Vitamin D, but as we prepare for fall turning to food and supplements can help meet needs.
Vitamin D is important for maintaining strong bones and a healthy immune system. Some studies suggest it may also help reduce diseases like diabetes and cancer, though more research is needed.
Vitamin D sources include:
It can be hard to get enough vitamin D through diet alone. (Eating a tuna sandwich, egg, and cup of milk only provides about half the daily amount.)
600 IU of vitamin D is recommended for most adults and some studies suggest getting 1000 IU or more may have benefits.
Read food labels (hint: a daily value of 20% or more is an excellent source) or take a supplement to meet your needs when the season changes.
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