Vitamin D improves memory and bone health, keeps cancer risk at bay and more: 5 best sources of vitamin D – Times Now

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New Delhi: Vitamin D is an important nutrient and many people suffer from its deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency has become an epidemic in recent times, especially when people do not have time to spend in the sun, and are stuck in air-conditioned boxes from morning to night. Vitamin D has been proven to be extremely important for body functions.

Multiple studies have shown that vitamin D helps in controlling asthma, tuberculosis lowers risk of diabetes and lung attacks, and may even reduce the risk of cancer – particularly breast cancer in women. A recent study published in the Journal of Gerontology studied the effects of Vitamin D on cognitive health and concluded that vitamin D helps improve memory, though it may slow down reactions. However, the consumption of vitamin D is extremely important. Here are the 5 best sources of vitamin D: READ – Vitamin D improves memory but slows down reactions, reveals study

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is the best thing for women especially when it is ‘that time of the month’. However, a study has shown that dark chocolate may, in fact, be a very good source of Vitamin D and helps in reducing respiratory problems and brittle bones. The study was published in the journal Food Chemistry.

Egg yolks

Not only do they look like sunshine, but turns out they also have similar properties. Egg whites contain most of the protein part of the eggs, while the yolk contains the vitamins and the minerals. Including egg in your diet is a good idea to make up for any vitamin D deficiency that you may be facing.


mushrooms are one of the rare plant sources of vitamin D. like humans when exposed to UV rays, mushrooms also synthesize this vitamin. Wild mushrooms are a great source of vitamin D, however artificially grown ones have very little vitamin D. READ – Dark chocolate, cocoa butter important source of vitamin D

Soy milk

Since most vegetarian or vegan food items do not contain as much vitamin D as animal products, people who follow such diets are at high risk of vitamin D deficiency. Plant-based milk substitutes like soy milk are therefore fortified with vitamin D, other vitamins and minerals.

Orange juice

A lot of people are vegan or vegetarian, and a lot of them are also lactose intolerant. This reduces the options people have when it comes to sources of vitamin D. Orange juice is one of the safest options in that case. Many countries fortify orange juice with vitamin D.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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250gm / 1 cup – Couscous, cooked and drained
100gm / 1 whole, medium-sized – Broccoli, stem and florets separated. Florets blanched.
100gm / half a breast – Chicken breast, boiled and shredded
1 whole, medium sized – Cucumber, chopped
1 whole, medium sized – Onion, chopped
25gm / a handful – Coriander, fresh, finely chopped
50gm / 1 whole, medium sized – Tomatoes, de-seeded, chopped
2 whole, regular – Green chillies, de-seeded, chopped

– 3 tbsp Olive oil
– 1 tsp Salt or to taste
– 1 tsp Pepper or to taste
– 1 tbsp Lemon juice

Combine all salad ingredients
Blend dressing ingredients in a bottle
Add dressing to salad and mix well when ready to eat.

Nutrition Facts:
– Cous is quite similar to pasta. Treat it like a carb
– Broccoli is a great source of Vitamins C, B-6 and A
– This quantity of chicken breast will give you more than half your daily dose of protein
– Cucumber is an awesome, low-calorie snack
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