Five of the best food sources of vitamin D, and how to prevent a deficiency

Vitamin D is crucial for the body, as it helps to keep your bones, teeth and muscles healthy, according to the NHS.

Without enough of the so-called ‘sunshine’ vitamin, it’s difficult to regulate the amount of calcium or phosphate in the body.

A severe lack of vitamin D may even lead to some serious complications, including rickets, bone deformities, or osteomalacia.

While you should be getting most of your vitamin D from sunlight, you could also top up on the vitamin by eating certain foods.

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You can get small amounts of vitamin D from oily fish such as trout, smoked salmon, swordfish, salmon, mackerel, and halibut

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Oily fish are the best natural sources of vitamin D, according to the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Types of oily fish include mackerel, halibut, trout, smoked salmon and even swordfish.

But you could also get extra vitamin D by eating more Portobello mushrooms and eggs, it said.

“If your vitamin D levels get too low, it can cause your bones to become thin, brittle or misshapen,” said the clinic.

“Spending 15 to 30 minutes outside with your skin exposed to sunlight, just two or three times a week is enough to produce the essential amount of vitamin D to keep your body levels at an optimum.

“Try to get outdoors more often and spend some time under the sun.

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