Vitamin D, also known as cholecalciferol or the “sunshine vitamin”, is a fat-soluble vitamin produced by the body when skin is exposed to sunlight. Its two forms are vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Also, Vitamin D contributes to the normal functioning of immune system.
Vitamin D3 is produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis. It can also be found in some foods and is available as a food supplement.
Vitamin D is naturally present in foods such as yogurt, pork, fish, egg yolk, mushrooms, cereals, spinach and soybeans.
About 70% of the cellular component of the immune system is present as gut-associated lymphoid tissue.
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A number of factors can compromise this balance, including antibiotic therapy, infection, stress, travel or a period of unhealthy nutrition or lifestyle. An effective solution is to supplement the microflora by taking a multi-strain live bacteria supplement to restore the balance.
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