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Posted by: Trevor
June 6, 2020
There could be yet another reason for us to increase our Vitamin D intake, according to researchers. Scientists here in Canada are now studying the link between Vitamin D and reduced Covid-19 mortality. Their research follows a paper recently published which looked at data across 20 countries and found that higher Vitamin D levels were associated with reduced susceptibility to the virus.
Normally our bodies produce Vitamin D through sun exposure, but this can be difficult when we spend our time indoors. This has led to a worldwide vitamin D deficiency, with an estimated 1 billion people affected. Other than spending more time outdoors, and supplementing with synthetic vitamin D, we can get plenty of dietary Vitamin D from natural food sources.
Aside from cod-liver oil and fatty fish (both of which are tremendous sources of natural Vitamin D), here are three delicious foods which are also rich in this life-giving nutrient:
Liver from grass-only, outdoor cows. A small serving of beef liver (about 2.5 ounces) contains about 35 IU of vitamin D. Beef liver from grass-only cows is also super rich in iron and ideal as a vitamin B12 source. This organ meat provides amazing overall nutrition and is bursting with distinctive liver flavor (for those who enjoy the taste). Beef liver from grass-only certified organic beef cows helps ensure the liver's purity and nutritional content.
Egg yolks from outdoor chickens which eat grass. An egg yolk can contain 40 IU of vitamin D. The important thing is to make sure the egg comes from an outdoor organic chicken with plenty of access to grass and other plant life. And also that the eggs are organic and soy-free.
Lard from outdoor pigs. This nutritionally-dense food contains between 500 to 1000 IU of vitamin D per tablespoon, which is the approximate daily requirement now being recommended by government officials. We've written more about lard here, here, and here.
One of our favorite breakfasts is pork sausages and eggs, using a small amount of pork lard to cook with. It is a very flavorful way to get a healthy dose of dietary vitamin D.
All three of these foods (beef liver, egg yolks, and pork lard) are traditional foods from animal sources. But for our vegan friends, getting dietary vitamin D can be difficult: thankfully, scientists are now able to provide vegan-friendly vitamin D supplements derived from lichen.
There are so many reasons we should be remembering to get more vitamin D in our diets. Scientists at the Linus Pauling Institute have put together this resource, and the Weston Price Foundation has compiled some great information and resources as well. It also should be remembered that dietary vitamin D is not a perfect substitute for sunshine itself. There are several reasons why getting adequate sunshine exposure is vital for supporting good health.
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