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Tomatoes supply the ‘sunshine vitamin’

Worldwide, vitamin D deficiency affects around 1 billion people. A recent study indicates that blocking a duplicated branch of phytosterol biosynthesis in tomato leads to provitamin D3 accumulation.

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Fig. 1: Overview of vitamin D metabolism, including biosynthesis in plants, conversions in the human body, and relevant dietary sources.


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Van Der Straeten, D., Strobbe, S. Tomatoes supply the ‘sunshine vitamin’. Nat. Plants 8, 604–606 (2022).

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