Vitamin D is the new “it” vitamin.
And it’s no wonder that the sunshine vitamin is getting its time in the sun. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a host of diseases and conditions from brittle bones and heart disease to cancer and diabetes.
It’s called the “sunshine vitamin” because our bodies produce it when exposed to sunlight. As such, levels clearly dip during the cold, winter months (not to mention all of the D-depleting effects of the sunscreen we slather on to avoid skin cancer). While some foods are fortified with vitamin D (namely milk), it can be hard to get all we need from foods. The Institute of Medicine recommends 600 international units (IU) a day for t