Kauvery Hospital | Patient Newsletters | The Terrific Two - Vitamin D And Zinc

Our body needs a number of nutrients to keep it healthy. Let's take a look at how Vitamin D and Zinc help us and what we should be eating to ensure that our body receives a good supply if these two important nutrients.

Vitamin D - Benefits

    Vitamin D is often called the sunshine vitamin as it is produced by our body in response to sunlight. It has many benefits that include:-
  • Strengthens bones and teeth
  • Boosts immune system
  • Regulates insulin
  • Helps in managing diabetes
  • Supports lung function
  • Keeps the heart healthy
  • Protects against diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis etc
  • Regulates calcium and phosphorous levels

Sources of Vitamin D

    Sunlight is the most common and effective source of Vitamin D. It is recommended that people have some sun exposure on a daily basis. With our air conditioned and sheltered lifestyles, sun exposure for human beings has decreased. But, you can get your supply of Vitamin D in other forms like:-
  • Fish oil
  • Fatty fish like salmons and sardines
  • Some varieties of mushrooms
  • Egg yolks
  • Milk
  • Yoghurt
  • Cereals
  • Oatmeal
  • Cheese

Health benefits of zinc

    Zinc is a lesser known mineral that our body needs to stay healthy. Some of the reasons that zinc is important to our health are:-
  • It boosts the immune system
  • Helps fight the common cold
  • 4Has an antiviral effect
  • Prevents build up of bacteria in mucus passages
  • Is a powerful antioxidant
  • Decreases risk of cancer
  • Prevents hormone imbalances
  • Helps in regulating insulin production
  • Is good for heart health
  • Reduces digestive problems
  • Helps muscle growth and repair

Food sources high in zinc include:-

  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Channa
  • Cashewnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Yoghurt
  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Mushrooms
  • As you can see, many of the foodstuffs that are high in Vitamin D are high in zinc too. Though the "Incredible Two" don't interact directly, they have complementary effects on several organs in your body.

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