Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin essential for our health. Sometimes referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D is the only vitamin our skin can synthesise, which it does using direct sunlight1. However, exposure to sunlight isn’t the only way to get the vitamin D you need. You can also find it in certain foods, which is why it’s important to ensure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet.
There are two different forms of Vitamin D - vitamin D2 and D3. Whilst our only source of vitamin D2 is our diet, vitamin D3 is produced from UV rays and can also be found in animal-sourced foods such as egg yolks, oily fish and red meat1. In addition, vitamin D is contained in fortified dairy products such as some milk and Actimel yogurt shots.