Vitamin D is becoming more and more important in our diets, as people limit their exposure in the sunlight in order to prevent cancer. While the sun is the best way to get enough of this vitamin, you can also boost your intake by consuming more organic beef and lamb.
Why is Vitamin D important?
Vitamin D is essential to help build strong bones, muscles and overall health. It is a hormone necessary to control calcium levels in the blood, making it crucial to prevent osteoporosis.
If you are deficient in this vitamin you may not have any obvious symptoms, but in the long term the health effects can be significant, including an increased risk of bone and muscle pain, osteopenia (weak or fragile bones) in older adulthood and rickets (soft, weakened bones) in children.
According to the Victorian Government Initiative Better Health Channel, having low levels of vitamin D has also been linked to an increased risk of diabetes (both type 1 and 2), heart disease, altered immunity, multiple sclerosis and other mental health conditions including schizophrenia.
How can you get vitamin D?
Most people need to be exposed to the sun in order to get adequate vitamin D, but research from New Zealand’s Massey University has found beef and lamb to be good sources of this essential nutrient. In fact, associate Professor Roger Purchas from the University’s Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health said in a press release, “one serving of lamb can provide half the daily vitamin D requirement, and beef about a quarter when both forms of the vitamin are taken into account”.
Therefore a simple way to get more vitamin D into your diet is by consuming more delicious organic beef and lamb – not a hard ask really!