What is Vitamin D?

It’s important to understand that vitamin D is not a vitamin. It’s considered a pro-hormone.

But, why?

Vitamins are nutrients that are unable to be created by the body and therefore must be consumed in our daily diet. However, vitamin D can be synthesized by our skin with sunlight.

Why are so many people vitamin D deficient?

Vitamin D breaks down quickly in your body. If you have limited sun exposure, a vegan, or have milk allergies, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Also, your body (kidneys and digestive tract) may also be the cause, restricting the ability to absorb the vitamin.

Vitamin D is important.

Vitamin D keeps your bones and muscles healthy by helping to absorb calcium and phosphorus. Your muscles use it to move. Furthermore, nerves need it to run messages throughout your body.

Vitamin D is being added to the Nutrition Facts label.

“Vitamin D and potassium are nutrients Americans don’t always get enough of. According to nationwide food consumption surveys (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes/), and when lacking, are associated with increased risk of chronic disease. Vitamin D is important for its role in bone health, and potassium helps to lower blood pressure. Calcium and iron are already required and will continue to be on the label.” (Changes to the Nutrition Fact Label, 2017).

To learn more about the upcoming changes to the FDA Nutritional Label visit Midwest Laboratories Blog on nutritional labeling regulations or give Sarah Currie a call at 402-590-2977.

Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label (2017, November 11) retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm385663.htm#highlights