Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that contributes to healthy bones, teeth and immune system. It also helps our muscles function properly and aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in our bodies. Vitamin D is often called 'the sunshine vitamin', because our skin produces it when it reacts with sunlight. But unless we spend time in the sun, most of us probably don't get enough of it on a daily basis & none at all between October and March, so it's better to rely on food and top up with supplements.
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The practice of fortifying milk with vitamin D was started in the United States in the 1930s. It was an effort to eliminate rickets, a bone-weakening disease that was prevalent at the time among children from poor families. Milk was chosen due to its wide availabilty and richness in calcium.