A new study shows a lot of things: potatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, beans and other vegetables.
But it also found that one of those things in your diet, in particular, is vitamin D. Vitamin D is the vitamin that the body produces to fight sun damage.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne have found that those in the Mediterranean diet have significantly higher levels of the vitamin than those in North America, where most of the population lives.
But while vitamin D supplements can be useful for people with vitamin D deficiencies, the results don’t necessarily mean that you should get them if you already have low levels of it.
“If you’re already deficient in vitamin D, the fact that you’re getting vitamin D from foods that are high in fat or sugars or processed foods will increase your risk of vitamin D deficiency,” says Dr Andrew Macfarlane, one of the researchers.
“People who don’t get enough vitamin D may actually be at higher risk of developing vitamin D insufficiency.”
Dr Macfaddin says that the Mediterranean lifestyle has long been known to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
In recent years, research has shown that those who live in cities, particularly in the UK, have a higher risk than those who are rural.
While Dr Macfiddler says there is a link between obesity and vitamin D levels, the link is not absolute.
He says people who are overweight or obese also have higher levels, and some studies have linked vitamin D to higher levels in the blood.
If you’ve got a vitamin D problem, there’s a good chance your diet is not rich in enough vitamin d, so there is something you can do to increase your vitamin D intake.
Dr Andrew Macfield says people should aim to get a lot more vitamin D a day.
The researchers say the Mediterranean diets have been linked to a reduced risk of a variety of cancers including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer and skin cancer, as well as other conditions.
One key point that needs to be understood, Dr Macfield points out, is that the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet are not only related to its diet, but to its way of life.
“You’re not just looking at the diet.
You’re also looking at your lifestyle, which includes the environment and what kind of community you live in,” he says.”
That can have a major impact on vitamin D.”
The findings are published in the journal Obesity.
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