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Vitamin D is an essential vitamin your body needs for calcium and phosphorous regulation. Not only does vitamin D play an important role in maintaining proper bone structure, but it is also used to prevent and treat many major diseases. It is recommended that healthy adultsĀ get at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D every day. Most adults get 80-90% of their daily vitamin D intake from sunlight, so you might want to think about taking vitamin D supplements if you don’t spend a lot of time outdoors or use heavy amounts of sunscreen. (via WebMD)

>>Read more: How to Tell if You’re Vitamin D Deficient

Vitamin D is found in fatty fish like herring, mackerel, sardines and tuna and added into dairy products, juice and cereal. When a label says that something is “fortified with vitamin D,” that means that vitamin D has been added to it.

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Taking Vitamin D supplements can boost your immune system, prevent autoimmune disease and even prevent cancer, according to WebMD.

Vitamin D is used to treat and prevent rickets, a disease that is the effect of not enough vitamin D. It is also used for treating and preventing weak bones, bone pain and even bone loss. Vitamin D is used for preventing major diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis, as well as heart and blood vessel conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Even diabetes, obesity, muscle weakness asthma, bronchitis, tooth and gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis are treated with Vitamin D.