About a whopping 1 billion people in the world reportedly suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D receptors in the brain indicate its relation to depression, and experiments have shown that increasing its intake alleviates symptoms of depression moderately, making it one of the most crucial vitamins in mental health studies.

 Being one of the most potent vitamins (promoting strong bones and a healthy immune system among other things), it’s strange how scarce its sources are in nature. It’s as though nature intended Vitamin D to be a luxury that not all can afford. Scientists have concluded that people with darker skin (and hence, more melanin) synthesize lesser amounts of Vitamin D from the sun’s UV radiation than people with lighter skin. Furthermore, many doctors advise against exposure to harmful UV radiation that are the primary cause of skin cancer, making it even more difficult to obtain the elusive vitamin unless we depend heavily on dietary supplements.

Robin Hilmantel has prepared a list of foods that will help you increase Vitamin D in your body naturally.

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8 Foods To Increase Your Vitamin D Intake

More and more evidence points to the importance of vitamin D: The nutrient helps to combat depression, keep bones strong, and strengthen your immune system. The latest research also suggests that having a vitamin D deficiency could double your risk of dementia. Want to up your intake? While sun exposure and vitamin D supplements can help, you can also increase your consumption naturally by eating foods rich in the nutrient. Here are eight vitamin D foods you’ll want to add to your diet.
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