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Vitamin D plays an important role in the body related to bones, growth, inflammation and immunity among other things.  Some people may not get enough Vitamin D, according to the National Institutes of Health. Those in that category include breastfed infants, since human milk is a poor source of the nutrient.  (Talk with your child’s doctor about whether a supplement is recommended.) Also, older adults, since their skin doesn’t make Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight as efficiently as when they were younger, and their kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D to its active form.

It also includes some people with dark skin, because their skin has less ability to produce Vitamin D from the sun and people with disorders such as Crohn’s disease or celiac disease who don’t handle fat properly because Vitamin D needs fat to be absorbed. Another group is obese people, because their body fat binds to some Vitamin D and prevents it from getting into the blood. If you think you may need a Vitamin D supplement, talk with your doctor.

Reef Family Pharmacy is a full-service pharmacy located at 1037 Route 9 in Cape May Court House, N.J. With a focus on personalized service, Reef Family Pharmacy distinguishes itself from the chain stores through free patient consultations, customized compounding for patients and their pets,  free prescription delivery in Cape May County and a drive-thru pick up window. The family-owned and operated pharmacy stocks all-natural Estrogen and Progesterone cream or capsules and a wide variety of over-the-counter medications, including vitamins.  For more information, call (609) 465-0004 or visit or find them on Facebook. 

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