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What Vitamin D should I buy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 23, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I need to buy some new Vitamin D supplements. Previously I was using VitaCost gummy Vitamin D 2k IU and am about out. What should I buy to replace it? ConsumerLab didn't give it an approve rating but only because the dosage wasn't accurate. I'd prefer something which has been tested by ConsumerLab. Also, I've read that D3 supplements aren't as good as sunlight because the Vitamin D lacks sulfites. Perhaps there's a supplement that addresses this concern as well. I live in Boston as well and my last Vitamin D reading was 30 so perhaps someone can suggest a new dosage.

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on April 30, 2013
at 12:24 AM

I use the same. They're really cheap like $12 for 120 softgels or something like that

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on December 25, 2011
at 08:05 AM

They're also very cheap...

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 25, 2011
at 05:42 AM

The gummies are pretty yummy, even if loaded with sugar a number of other things I shouldn't be eating. At least they're in trace quantities. I've found that I'm much more likely to eat a gummy than take a pill over the long term but realize that it may not be the best delivery vehicle.

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on December 25, 2011
at 05:41 AM

Good to know. I try to eat a good amount of these every day so maybe I don't need anything special then.

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on December 25, 2011
at 05:40 AM

I have found Vitamin Shoppe products to be high quality in the past so worth considering. They seem to do their research.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 25, 2011
at 05:39 AM

What does microlingual mean?

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on December 25, 2011
at 02:34 AM

Cabbage is a good source of sulfur and the juice from Sauerkraut especially. :-) really most crucifers are.

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on December 24, 2011
at 11:24 PM

why sauerkraut?

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on December 24, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Second for Country Life. Great price and the only other ingredients are MCTs and gelatin.

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on December 24, 2011
at 08:08 AM

Onions and garlic are high in sulfur. That's what makes them so deliciously stinky.

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on December 23, 2011
at 07:16 PM

Definitely get some more of those gummies!

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E9808a9cfe806a22c0bdaff7c010c659

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on December 24, 2011
at 02:32 PM

Country Life, Vitamin D3, 5,000 IU, 200 Softgels.

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on December 24, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Second for Country Life. Great price and the only other ingredients are MCTs and gelatin.

B120d28d9620626012de121b6075ce51

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on April 30, 2013
at 12:24 AM

I use the same. They're really cheap like $12 for 120 softgels or something like that

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on December 23, 2011
at 06:55 PM

Couldn't say whether they're on ConsumerLab, but Carlson D drops are really easy and only contain the D3 and coconut oil. They come in 1k, 2k, and 4k IU depending on the volume you're going for. I go with 4k since the price difference from 2k is negligible if there even is a difference.

To make up the sulfur difference between oral and vit D sulfate from the sun (an issue I just recently heard about), pure MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) powder is an option. You should theoretically be able to get sulfur from meat and eggs, as well as certain cruciferous vegetables, but it can be hard to tell how much you're getting since the soil in most areas of industrialized countries is depleted of sulfur.

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on December 23, 2011
at 06:37 PM

I'd just look for anything that specifically says d3 and is in an acceptable carrier oil. Trader Joes brand uses olive oil, Now foods is OK, so is Carlson.

Just take your D with a breakfast of pastured eggs and some sauerkraut. Should be fine.

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on December 24, 2011
at 11:24 PM

why sauerkraut?

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on December 25, 2011
at 02:34 AM

Cabbage is a good source of sulfur and the juice from Sauerkraut especially. :-) really most crucifers are.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on December 25, 2011
at 05:41 AM

Good to know. I try to eat a good amount of these every day so maybe I don't need anything special then.

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on April 29, 2013
at 05:15 PM

Use Vit D3 from Carlson Labs, for the most effective results

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on December 24, 2011
at 06:28 PM

I use a liquid form from a brand called "Natural Factors Vitamin D3 Drops 1000IU". It cost less than $9 I think from my local health food store and each drop has 1000IU of D3. It is in a base of organic olive oil. I use 4-6 drops daily and have felt a noticeable difference once I started taking them after I was informed my vitamin D levels were deficient back in May. Each bottle has 500 doses so I think it is well worth the cost. I prefer to take powders and liquids for my supplements to cut down on additives if necessary, but that is just me.

Here is a link to their site: http://naturalfactors.com/ca/en/products/901/vitamin-d3-drops-1000-iu

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on April 29, 2013
at 06:42 PM

First of all, take them in the morning. Second, almost all are highly fat-soluble, so take them with a meal containing a good amount - and type - of fats. Third, take together with a garlic supplement. Finally, do indeed try to augment with sunlight...just enough to get "pink" is sufficient. A good, affordable brand of D3 is Jarrow Formulas 5,000 i.u. Also, it never hurts to look for products that you are already taking that are available in D3-added form, i.e. Minami Fish Oil with D3, Solaray cal-mag with D3, etc.

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on December 25, 2011
at 03:19 AM

A company called Superior Source has what it calls a "microlingual" Vitamin D product. Saw it at my local Whole Foods. I'm guessing it's sublingual, liquid form. One option is 5,000 IU per and another option is 10,000. Not sure how many drops are involved, but I'm guessing not many. Looks like an easy way to get Vitamin D needs met, and then some.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on December 25, 2011
at 05:39 AM

What does microlingual mean?

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5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on December 25, 2011
at 02:13 AM

I pop a NOW 5k every morning.

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25b139cc1954456d9ea469e40f984cd3

on December 25, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Vitamin Shoppe 5000IU Gelcaps

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on December 25, 2011
at 05:40 AM

I have found Vitamin Shoppe products to be high quality in the past so worth considering. They seem to do their research.

25b139cc1954456d9ea469e40f984cd3

on December 25, 2011
at 08:05 AM

They're also very cheap...

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on December 23, 2011
at 05:45 PM

Sunlight is to vitamin D what epsom salt is to magnesium supplements : your body decides how many it absorbs. I don't think there's a better supplement than Now Foods, though.

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