Vitamin D is the new â€œitâ€ vitamin.
And itâ€™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.
Itâ€™s called the â€œsunshine vitaminâ€ 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 internatio