EGG AND VITAMIN D

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for bone development, skeletal health, muscle health and for the immune system. Yet as per 1-8 individuals worldwide suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. 

With so much sunshine all year round most Indians believe that they are getting enough Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin. This is a huge misconception. As per a study published by Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care 80 percent of Indians are Vitamin D deficient. The study found that the frequency of Vitamin D deficiency differs among various subgroups. In India, most of the school-going children, up to 74 percent of pregnant women and about 67 percent of infants are Vitamin D deficient.

There are many ways by which you can ensure that you and your family get the recommended daily intake of this vital nutrient. One of the very few natural food sources of Vitamin D is eggs

Why Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for the human body. This is a fat-soluble vitamin and needs to be obtained from various foods and can be made by the body when sunlight touches the skin. Vitamin D is also found in various food supplements.

Vitamin D plays a very important role in maintaining healthy bones and teeth, good muscle health and in controlling our immune system. It is essential at every stage of life. It helps in calcium and phosphorus absorption and metabolism. 

Vitamin D also seems to have an impact in insulin production and chronic disease prevention like cancer — but this is still under investigation.

Good Natural Sources of Vitamin D

  • The best source of vitamin D is sunlight. 
  • Eggs are one of the highest natural sources of Vitamin D.
  • Oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel.\
  • Liver and Mushrooms

Egg is one of the best and most easy to consume natural sources of Vitamin D. As a part of a healthy and balanced diet, eggs can easily help you meet the daily Vitamin D requirement. Studies have proved that the average serving of 2 eggs contains 8.2mcg of vitamin D. This is a considerable share of the recommended dietary intake of vitamin D. This also proves that making egg a part of your daily diet is essential.

 It’s important to note that all the Vitamin D is found in the egg yolk, the egg white is mainly high in protein content. Just one egg yolk from a large egg provides 36.7 IU of vitamin D. Eating two eggs for breakfast on a regular basis sets you out on the right nutritional path as eggs have healthy fats, minerals and protein to keep you satiated longer, offer more energy as well as a dose of vitamin D.

Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D is essential for bone health. Prolonged Vitamin D deficiency can have harmful effects on bone health in adults and impact growth in children while impacting the immunity as well. 

When there is deficiency in Vitamin D, the body can only absorb 10% to 15% of dietary calcium. With an adequate amount of Vitamin D this can double to 30 to 40%. 

Deficiency of vitamin D in children causes rickets and lack of proper growth,.in adults it causes osteomalacia, joint pains, brittle bones.   Additionally, research suggests that vitamin D deficiency may be linked to enhanced risk of cardiovascular cases and the development of rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions.

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