Vitamin D

I have been writing every single day for the past eighteen months without missing a day so far. Each article is written after an extensive amount of homework and research. Naturally, this requires a fair amount of reading and validation. Also, I have completed degrees from two and am about to finish a degree from a third reputed Institution in the United States. I state all of this, not to toot my horn, but only to provide context to what I am about to say next.

While taking an examination on nutrition, I stumbled upon the realization that I was only getting 5% of my daily requirement of Vitamin D. Now, as someone who has unfailingly pointed out the many risks of being deficient in Vitamin D, this honestly came as a shock to me. I prided myself on all the knowledge I had gathered and also that I was eating a complete meal. Clearly not. Vitamin D, as you know by now, is one of the most vital vitamins that your body needs. Being deficient can lead to debilitating illnesses. How on earth could I be deficient?

Well for one, besides getting it from sunshine, Vitamin D is found in cod liver. One spoon of cod liver oil contains 100% of your daily requirement. Similarly sardines, salmon, mackerel, and tuna have significant amounts of Vitamin D. A cup of milk has about 25% of your daily requirement which means you would need to drink four cups before you were sufficient. I don’t drink any milk at all. A cup of mushrooms has only 1% of your daily requirement. I doubt you would consume a hundred cups of mushrooms every day.

It is easy to see that if you are a vegetarian or not eating foods rich in Vitamin D, you are likely to be deficient. I found to my utter shock; it was true in my case.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.