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November Nutrition: Benefits of Vitamin D

November nutrition month continues with Remember When homecare, and today we are going to discuss the benefits of getting a little more Vitamin D.. We all know that we can get vitamin D from getting outside in the sun a little more, however that can become increasingly difficult to do as we age. Seniors tend to spend more time inside, whether because of decreased mobility or simply because of location. However, there are ways we can increase our intake of vitamin D through foods.

Vitamin D is a nutrient that our bodies need to promote strong bones. It is also anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant and has neuroprotective properties that support immune health, muscle function and brain cell activity. Wow all that from one vitamin?

The amount of vitamin D that your skin makes varies from person to person, it all depends on how much you get outside, where you live and how you eat. Depending on where you live Vitamin D can decrease or actually be completely absent in the winter months, something we tend to feel here in Nova Scotia on those long, grey winter days.

Vitamin D can be found in foods such as:

Fish liver oils and fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna fish and fortified cereals, milk and OJ

Benefits to getting enough Vitamin D:

  1. Reduces the risk of Multiple Sclerosis.

  2. Reduces risk of Cognitive Decline

  3. Reduces risk of Depression

Recipes rich in Vitamin D:

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