During the winter months when it’s cold outside and there’s not a lot of sunshine, it’s hard to soak up those sun rays and get the essential Vitamin D our bodies need.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a place that’s always sunny, make room – we’re moving in!
All jokes aside, in the winter, many of our bodies are missing the “sunshine vitamin,” commonly known as Vitamin D.
Vitamin D3 is the “naturally occurring form that [we] produce in the presence of the sun’s ultraviolet-B (UVB) rays, according to Harvard T.H. Chan, School of Public Health. That is why many people have insufficient levels in the winter if they live in a place where sunlight is limited.
In general, people are not getting the amount of Vitamin D they need since we have limited sun exposure due to being indoors most of the time. About 42% of America is Vitamin D deficient, according to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
If you are able and live in a place with plenty of sunrays, 10-30 minutes of midday sun exposure several times a week is recommended to get adequate levels of Vitamin D. Some people might need more or less, but this way isn’t always feasible for people.
So, why is Vitamin D so important? Here’s a few reasons:
- Your body can only absorb calcium, the primary component of bone, when vitamin D is present
- Helps the body absorb and retain phosphorus which is critical for bone-building
- May reduce cancer cell growth
- Supports the immune system
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces risk of autoimmune diseases
- Helps fight infections
- May decrease the risk of heart disease
- Regulates mood and decreases risk of depression
- Supports a healthy weight
While Vitamin D is a hormone that our bodies make, it is also a fat-soluble vitamin that we can consume to help our bodies build and maintain strong bones.
Common food sources of Vitamin D include animal products like fish, meat, eggs and dairy, fortified foods like orange juice, cereals, margarine, plant milk, etc., and mushrooms. But since most of America eats these types of foods and almost half are still deficient in Vitamin D, it’s plausible to say those foods probably don’t contain enough of this vital vitamin to keep us healthy. Plus, vegans are on the rise and a majority of those food groups are not on the menu.
That’s why supplementing with Vitamin D is crucial at all times of the year, but especially in the winter. But have no fear – we have created a delicious way to get in your Vitamin D!
Introducing our vegan alternative to animal bone broth, Boon Broth. Just one serving of Boon Broth contains 250% of your daily value of Vitamin D! Its golden savory flavor is delicious, restorative and filling on its own, or you can use it in a multitude of recipes such as soups, ramen, gravy, rice, sauces, salad dressings and more!
Boon Broth also contains 25% of your daily calcium (which cannot be absorbed without Vitamin D), 12 grams of plant protein, 72 trace minerals, B Vitamins, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and more! It helps support bones, joints and skin and helps to maintain a healthy weight.