Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of Calcium and Phosphate by the body.
|World’s Healthiest Foods ranked as quality sources of:
|Salmon, chinook, baked/broiled||4 oz-wt||261.9||411.00||102.8||7.1||excellent|
|Shrimp, steamed/boiled||4 oz-wt||112.3||162.39||40.6||6.5||very good|
|Cow’s milk, 2%||1 cup||121.2||97.60||24.4||3.6||very good|
|Cod, baked/broiled||4 oz-wt||119.1||63.50||15.9||2.4||good|
|Egg, whole, boiled||1 each||68.2||22.88||5.7||1.5||good|
- Osteomalacia, softening of the bones, as bone mineralization does not occur at sufficiently rapid rates to support the metabolic needs for bone turn over. This heightens an individual’s risk of fractures.
- Rickets: this occurs only in children as growing bones are softened and bow due to the lack of structural strength required to support body weight.
- loss of appetite
- high blood pressure
- kidney malfunction
- failure to thrive
Vitamin D impact on medications:
- Vitamin D may interfere with the effectiveness of calcium channel-blockers, a class of drugs used to treat chest pain, irregular heart beat and high blood pressure.
- Taking supplemental vitamin D and calcium along with thiazide diurectics can cause blood levels of calcium to increase above normal levels.
World’s Healthiest Foods. 2009. Vitamin D. Retrieved October 7, 2009 from http://www.whfoods.org