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The Relationship between Calcium and Osteoporosis

As children, we were told to be sure and drink our milk so our bones would be nice and strong. For the most part this is absolutely true, as there are few foods that are naturally abundant in vitamin D and many people do not get enough sunlight to naturally synthesize vitamin D in that manner. Because of this, the FDA requires that specific foods be fortified with vitamin D to ensure we get adequate calcium.

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin D

Vitamin D, also known as calciferol, is actually two fat-soluble vitamins including vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. The term vitamin D includes both of these when referred to. Vitamin D3 is unique in that the body produces it when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet B radiation, or sunlight.Vitamin D is important in the maintenance of the organ systems. It regulates the calcium and phosphorous levels in the blood and promotes the absorption of the nutrients from your food in the intestines. It also promotes the re-absorption of calcium in the kidneys. Perhaps the most important function of vitamin D is that it promotes bone formation and mineralization. This is essential in developing and maintaining strong bones.