Which Are The Best Fish For Vitamin D?

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Although the days are getting longer, for many it will still be several weeks until their arms and legs will finally be unwrapped from winter woollies.  covering up through the long winter months makes getting sufficient sun exposure, needed for production of the hormone Vitamin D, a challenge.

Vitamin D poses so many health benefits but did you know that not many foods assist the body in absorbing the vitamin.  We all know that a bit of sun exposure helps to synthesize vitamin D and make it more susceptible to absorption of this nutrient but how do you get more vitamin D without exposing yourself to harmful sun rays?  Well, you can get your Vitamin D the healthy way by simply eating more oily fish. In fact most oily fish provide up to 15% of your daily healthy fat requirement, which is a lot, compared to a mere 2% for non-oily fish. Let’s look at some of the fish that are high in Vitamin D.

Fish Highest In Vitamin D

  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Sardines
  • Tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Kipper
  • Herring
  • Anchovies
  • Swordfish

Studies show that these fish give your body a great source of natural Vitamin D while adding essential Omega-3 fats which your body needs.  Not only do they balance the calcium and phosphorus levels naturally but it’s proven to make your bones and teeth stronger.  Vitamin D also helps keep your immune system in line, aids your nervous system and reduces inflammation.  While Vitamin D can be taken in a supplement its far better absorbed if taken naturally.  If you see signs of vitamin D deficiency try adding a few of these flavorful and helpful fishes to your diet.  Salmon which is the highest of all in vitamin D can provide you with a whole day’s worth of vitamin D with just 3.5 ounces verses sun exposure which only lasts up to 7 hours.  Get your vitamin D the natural way; it’ll help you feel better while adding essential nutrients to your daily diet.

Guest Blogger Sarah Shade


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About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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5 Responses to Which Are The Best Fish For Vitamin D?

  1. You’re so right to promote oily fish in these short days and cold months.

  2. Thanks for the informative post!

  3. Usually we eat Coho Salmon which is very low in fat but recently I tried Norwegian which is marbled with fat. Would you assume the Norwegian is higher in Vitamin D or not?

  4. justisaurus says:

    I agree. Eat more fish! (And if anyone needs help catching trout, just visit my blog.)

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