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Vitamin D

Alternate Names

Cholecalciferol, Vitamin D3, Ergocalciferol, Calciferol, Vitamin D2


An essential vitamin required for the maintenance of calcium and phosphorus in the blood which dictates the health of most bones in the body. Vitamin D is produced in the human skin during exposure to UV light. It is also needed for bone growth and remodeling. RDI is 5 ug/day for adult males and females. Please check USDA Dietary Guidance for intakes for children, pregnant women or for persons with chronic disease.

Vitamin D - Quick Stats

Cholecalciferol, Vitamin D3, Ergocalciferol, Calciferol, Vitamin D2

Allergy Information

Vitamin B1

Vitamin A

Vitamin C




Additional Information

Vitamin D deficiency results in rickets and osteomalacia. Rickets occurs in children during bone growth resulting in weak malformed long bones. Osteomalacia is most common in the elderly and is characterized by brittle weak bones that break very easily. Many common diseases such as heart disease and depression are associated with low levels of Vitamin D.

Found In

fatty fish (salmon, tuna, sardines, herring), eggs, beef liver, mushrooms, fortified milk, cod liver oil

Possible Health Effects

Toxicity can occur if high levels are ingested and result in hyperalcemia. If this occurs during pregnancy it can result in fetal retardation and deformities

Allergy Information


In The News

August 23, 2010: British study links Vitamin D deficiency with cancer and autoimmune diseases. "...some evidence suggests it may increase susceptibility to autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes, as well as certain cancers and even dementia."

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Copyright September 11, 2010 Be Food Smart

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