Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol) has everyone knows is essential to bone and teeth formation in children, but it also helps in the maintenance of a healthy nervous system, and supports cognition especially in older people. Vitamin D assists in the functioning of the thyroid gland. D plays a role in blood clotting, and helps in the assimilation of phosphorus and calcium.
Symptoms of deficiency includes rickets in children, loss of energy, phosphorus retention in the kidneys, myopia, diarrhea, nervousness, poor metabolism, diabetes, and poor teeth formation.
It is best taken with calcium, phosphorus, vitamins A and C.
It is canceled out by mineral oils.
Foods containing Vitamin D include:
Cereals – Bran, corn.
Dairy – Real butter, Raw whole cow’s/goat’s/camel’s milk (i.e. not fortified/homogenized), fermented milk, egg yolk, yoghurt.
Fruits – Bananas, saguaro cactus.
Herbs and Spices – Fenugreek, thyme, watercress.
Meats – Chicken.
Seeds/Nuts – Amaranth
Seafood – Eel, fish liver oil, salmon, sardines, tuna.
Other – Sunlight.