Almost all vitamin D3 supplements are made from cholecalciferol derived from lanolin, which is extracted from sheep’s wool. SunVit-D3 has just developed a new range of vegan products that use plant-based cholecalciferol – you can find out more here.
How does vitamin D3 come from animals?
The D3 form is found in fatty animal-sourced foods, such as fish oil and egg yolk. Your skin also produces it in response to sunlight or ultraviolet light. In contrast, vitamin D2 comes from plants. Interestingly, vitamin D3 appears to be more effective at increasing levels of vitamin D in the blood.
How is vitamin D3 made?
Vitamin D2 is manufactured using UV irradiation of ergosterol in yeast, and vitamin D3 is produced with irradiation of 7-dehydrocholesterol from lanolin and the chemical conversion of cholesterol . Both forms raise serum 25(OH)D levels, and they seem to have equivalent ability to cure rickets .
Is there vegan vitamin D3?
Note: Vitamin D3 is not always vegan. If this is a concern for you, look for vegan vitamin D3 products that specify they are sourced from plants. Vitamin D2 is always vegan but may not be as effective in the body as vitamin D3.
Can I take vitamin D3 everyday?
Most experts recommend that you shouldn’t take more than 4,000 IU of vitamin D a day. When your serum D3 is very low (less than 12 nanograms per milliliter), some may recommend a short course of once-weekly 50,000 IU of vitamin D2 or D3, followed by a usual dose of 600 to 800 IU daily.
Which is better vitamin D or vitamin D3?
Both supplements are commonly used for vitamin D supplementation. Studies have shown that vitamin D3 supplements may be superior in raising the body’s vitamin D stores.
Can vegetarians eat vitamin D3?
Vitamin D2 is always suitable for vegans, but vitamin D3 can be derived from an animal source (such as sheep’s wool) or lichen (a vegan-friendly source).
Is it better to take vitamin D every day or once a week?
Current guidelines say adults shouldn’t take more than the equivalent of 100 micrograms a day. But vitamin D is a ‘fat-soluble’ vitamin, so your body can store it for months and you don’t need it every day. That means you could equally safely take a supplement of 20 micrograms a day or 500 micrograms once a month.
Is plant based vitamin D3 good?
Because it comes from a plant source, it is arguably a purer source. It is easy to grow and naturally occurs in large quantities, so it isn’t having a negative effect on the environment, making it a great environmentally conscious choice. It is also organic and 100 % natural.
Why is vitamin D3 not vegan?
It is important to be aware that some types of vitamin D are not vegan-friendly. Almost all vitamin D3 supplements are made from cholecalciferol derived from lanolin, which is extracted from sheep’s wool.