Long out of the nutrition spotlight, vitamin D recently has moved to center stage as a nutrient that may help prevent major diseases and improve our well-being. Few vitamins can provide the specific health benefits of vitamin D. For decades, parents knew that to help prevent the childhood soft bone deformity, rickets, kids were given milk (once fortified, a very good source of vitamin D and calcium) to drink. Vitamin D promotes bone strength by increasing calcium absorption. That was then. ...

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