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Vitamin D: Fun Facts About Ergocalciferol and Cholecalciferol


What is the recommended dosage of Vitamin D for an adult:
400 – 800 IU

What is the molecular formula:
C27H44O

What does Vitamin D do in the body
:
Aides in normal bone growth and tooth function; facilitates calcium and phosphorus absorption.

What foods contain and are a good source of Vitamin D:
Catfish 85 g (3 oz) provides 425 IU (5 IU/g)
Cooked Salmon 100 g (3.5 oz) provides 360 IU (3.6 IU/g)
Cooked Mackerel 100 g (3.5 oz), 345 IU (3.45 IU/g)
Sardines, canned in oil, drained, 50 g (1.75 oz), 250 IU (5 IU/g)
Tuna, canned in oil, 100 g (3.5 oz), 235 IU (2.35 IU/g)
Cooked Eel 100 g (3.5 oz), 200 IU (2.00 IU/g)
A whole egg provides 20 IU (0.33 IU/g if egg weighs 60 g)
Cooked Beef liver, 100 g (3.5 oz), provides 15 IU (0.15 IU/g)
Fish liver oils, such as cod liver oil, 1 Tbs. (15 ml) provides 1360 IU (90.6 IU/ml)
Mushrooms are the only vegan source of vitamin D 100g provides (regular) 14 IU (0.14 IU/g), (exposed to UV) 500 IU (5 IU/g)

What does a deficiency in Vitamin D cause:
Rickets and Osteomalacia

What are the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:
Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle.

What happens if you overdose on the vitamin:
Hypervitaminosis D

Solubility: Fat

What is the scientific name: Ergocalciferol, cholecalciferol

When was the vitamin discovered: 1920