What is vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a group of vitamins that work together to create a healthy body. It’s a group of nutrients with chemical structures that are very similar. There are two main forms of vitamin D, and these are Ergocalciferol (D2) and cholecalciferol (D3).
Vitamin D aids in the regulation of calcium and phosphate levels in the body. These nutrients are needed to maintain the health of the bones, teeth, and muscles. A lack of vitamin D can cause bone deformities in infants, such as rickets, and bone pain in adults, known as osteomalacia.
Both vitamins contribute towards the overall vitamin D levels in the body but they are obtained from different sources.
Sources of vitamin D2 and D3
The body can produce vitamin D on its own when exposed to sunlight. However, both D2 and D3 can be obtained from different food sources.
Vitamin D3 can be obtained from animal-based foods like oily fish, liver, egg yolk, and butter. Whereas D2 is found in plant-based foods like mushrooms, fortified foods, and dietary supplements.
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