1 / 11 What Foods Are the Best Sources of Vitamin D?
Vitamin D has gotten a lot of buzz lately. And for good reason: Though the fat-soluble vitamin has long been associated with bone health because it helps the body absorb calcium and has been shown to protect older adults from osteoporosis, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it turns out those aren’t the only health benefits.
Vitamin D is increasingly being linked to immunity and can also help protect against major diseases. According to an April 2014 study published in the BMJ, adults with low levels of vitamin D had a 35 percent increased risk of dying from heart disease and a 14 percent greater likelihood of dying from cancer. Another analysis, of more than 26,000 people, also published in June 2014 in the BMJ, found that people who don’t get enough vitamin D are at an increased risk of dying early.