When many people think about vitamin D, they likely think about their bones. Vitamin D is known for helping to balance minerals like calcium, phosphorus, sodium, and magnesium for healthy bone formation and mineralization. Interestingly, Vitamin D is not actually a Vitamin but a prohormone that is produced in the body in response to sun exposure and/or certain foods and supplements. Vitamin D insufficiency is found in 50% the worldwide population due to lifestyle, environmental factors and lack of Vitamin D food groups.
Vitamin D is unique because it can be made in the skin from exposure to sunlight. It exists in two forms, Vitamin D2 and D3. Vitamin D2 is found naturally in sun-exposed mushrooms and Vitamin D3 is most commonly produced in response to sun exposure or oil-rich fish, hence the more “natural” form.