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The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are important to be aware of, because if you’re not getting enough of this nutrient it could lead to soft bones, known as rickets in children, and osteomalacia in adults.

So why do we need vitamin D? According to a spokesperson from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this fat-soluble nutrient aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in our bodies, bringing these minerals to our bones and teeth and helping to regulate how much calcium remains in our blood.