Vitamin D

I talk a lot about mental health, which is part of the reason I’m talking about vitamin D deficiency. African American skin absorbs vitamin D from the sun at a much slower rate because the melanin in the epidermal, the outermost layer of our skin makes it challenging for the body to produce vitamin D from sun light.

So, you want to make sure you are getting your vitamin D from other sources like vitamin supplements and foods with vitamin D.

  • Fish like salmon, trout, mackerel, shrimp, and eel.
  • Mushrooms
  • Almond Milk
  • Orange juice
  • Fortified tofu
  • Egg yolk
  • Oatmeal
  • yogurt

Benefits of Vitamin D:

  • Healthy bones and teeth
  • Strong immune and nervous system
  • Better cognitive function
  • Insulin level regulation
  • Healthy pregnancy
  • Infants health
  • a decreased risk of asthma, dermatitis and eczema
  • flu risk production by 50 percent.

Vitamin D deficiency can cause :

  • Depression
  • Frequent sickness
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Orthopedic pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Bone loss
  • Hair loss

With the current Covid 19 pandemic crushing us, I recently learned that african americans have a higher death rate, in some states such as Illinois and Louisiana, as much as 72%. Another thing I’ve learned is that most of the people who died from this virus were very low in vitamin D.

I am by no means a doctor, but in my research this is what I found, so I would encourage you to also do your own research.

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