BONE HEALTH AND VITAMIN D
Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” because your body produces it when exposed to natural sunlight. It is also an essential nutrient for calcium absorption and overall bone health*. Explore the resources below to learn how vitamin D and calcium work together to help build and maintain strong, healthy bones throughout life.
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VITAMIN D: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
What is Vitamin D?
As nutrients go, Vitamin D is in a class by itself. That's because vitamin D is actually a hormone that the body produces in response to direct exposure of skin to direct Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun. Vitamin D is classified as a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that vitamin D you make and what you consume from foods and dietary supplements is stored in fat tissue for later use.
VITAMIN D: ACQUIRING THE RIGHT AMOUNT
LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS1
BENEFITS OF VITAMIN D1
Vitamin D helps maximize your body’s ability to absorb calcium you take in from foods and supplements. It also regulates calcium’s movement into, and out of, your bones in order to maintain calcium levels throughout the body. Without enough vitamin D circulating in your bloodstream, absorption of adequate calcium is difficult.