Vitamin D

: In a discussion organized by Zee Media and moderated by Padma Shri & Dr. B C Roy National Awardee, Dr. K K Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India, Dr. Ambrish Mithal from Medanta, Dr. Rajesh Malhotra and Dr. P C Khadgawat from AIIMS in a joint statement said that the sunlight is the main source of Vitamin D and 40% of the body should be exposed for 40 minutes, 40 days in a year to get adequate Vitamin D.

In our Vedic science, it is mentioned that for one month continuously one should take a bath at the sunrise in the month of Magh, Vaishakh or Kartik. These traditional rituals probably were made so that people get enough exposure of sunlight and get adequate vitamin D. The rishi-munis probably knew that Indians are more prone to get deficient in Vitamin D.

Today, upto 80% of all Indians are Vitamin D deficient which can present with bone pains, and is also linked with heart disease, dementia and other known bone problems.

The experts said that it should be compulsory for schools to have children play for one full period in sunlight and those who believe in Yoga should prefer Surya Namaskar to be done in sunlight.

Since Vitamin D fortified milk and foods are not available in India, those who are prone should take monthly Vitamin D granules to cover the deficiency.