Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Vitamin D is important for overall health, including fertility. It plays a role in regulating hormones and supporting reproductive function. While sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D, there are also dietary sources you can incorporate into your diet. Here are six fab sources of vitamin D to help support health and fertility:
Fatty Fish: Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, trout, and sardines are rich in vitamin D. Aim to include these fish in your diet twice a week.
Fortified Foods: Many foods are fortified with vitamin D, including dairy products (milk, yogurt, and cheese), orange juice, and breakfast cereals. Check the labels to ensure they’re fortified.
Egg Yolks: Egg yolks contain some vitamin D. Incorporating eggs into your diet can help boost your vitamin D intake.
Mushrooms: Some types of mushrooms, such as shiitake and maitake, can provide a modest amount of vitamin D, especially if they’ve been exposed to sunlight or UV light during growth.
Tofu: Certain brands of tofu are fortified with vitamin D. Check the label to see if the tofu you choose has been fortified.
Cheese: Cheese contains vitamin D, although the amount can vary depending on the type of cheese. Ricotta and Swiss cheese tend to have higher levels.
Please note that it is important not to overconsume vitamin D, as excessive amounts can have adverse effects. The recommended daily intake of vitamin D varies depending on factors like age, sex, and individual needs, so it’s a good idea to consult with your G.P or a qualified nutritional therapist/ dietitian for personalized guidance on your vitamin D intake, especially if you are trying to enhance fertility.