Living la vida cubicle and having most of your “fun in the sun” by staring longingly out your office window?Purposely avoiding all things sun because you think Nicole Kidman-level pale skin is chic and/or you’re terrified of wrinkles? Romping around in the sun on occasion, but still kind of wondering if you’re getting enough vitamin D?You’re certainly not alone, and you may be onto something: Over 40 percent of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. And that’s simply not a camp you want to be in — for the low down, read this previous article on what vitamin D is and what it does for the body. And if that’s not enough ammo, allow these three surprising health benefits of vitamin D to inspire you to get enough of the good stuff.1. Vitamin D Boosts Weight LossTrying to stack the weight loss cards in your favor? You want vitamin D in your corner.Getting adequate amounts of vitamin D has been linked to the ability to lose more weight.In a study by the University of Cambridge, subjects who took a daily calcium and vitamin D supplement lost more weight than those who took a placebo pill. The research suggested that the extra calcium and vitamin D worked as appetite suppressants.In a Journal of Women’s Health study, women with insufficient vitamin D levels were more susceptible to weight gain than those with adequate amounts.2. D Defeats DepressionThe sun — and the resultant vitamin D — have legitimate feel-good superpowers. So much so that adequate levels of vitamin D are linked to warding off depression and regulating mood.In a Journal of Internal Medicine study, research showed that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements experienced an improvement in their symptoms.3. It's a Do-It-All Disease FighterThrow a cape on this vitamin because vitamin D does it all on the disease prevention front — including reducing the risk of cancer, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease.While the research is preliminary, some studies suggest that vitamin D can reduce cancer progression by slowing the growth and development of cancerous tissue, killing cancer cells and reducing cell proliferation.This 2006 study suggests that vitamin D is a potent immunomodulator and may decrease the risk of multiple sclerosis.Research also links adequate levels of vitamin D to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.Convinced that you need more of this potent vitamin in your life (and, uh, bod)? We’ve got you. Our all natural Vitamin D supplement — Sol Food — is now available for purchase!