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Vitamin D2 D3 what are the differences?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 22, 2011 at 3:18 AM

I understand that, in winter time, when we do not have enough exposure to sunlight it makes sense to supplement with vitamin D. I found out that there are two types, vitamin d2 and vitamin d3. Although d2 seems less expensive, I am not sure whether their health effects are the same, or at least similar, I mean whether both types have protective effects for our health. What do you say, is there much difference between d2 and d3 or they are more or less the same?

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on June 23, 2011
at 12:37 AM

Sweet, thanks for the clarification.

26368b97ba98b30eaf36e41fe85a638a

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on June 22, 2011
at 04:18 PM

OK, that guy is wrong. He misinterpreted what those 3000 derivatives are--they are not naturally occurring "forms" of vitamin D. I just left a lengthy comment, hopefully it will be up soon.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 22, 2011
at 12:02 PM

And it requires cholesterol in the skin to make Vit D!

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on June 22, 2011
at 06:18 AM

http://criticalmas.com/2011/04/think-you-know-vitamin-d/ - Turns out I was wrong, when you supplement vit D3 you can 1 type not 2 - 3.

26368b97ba98b30eaf36e41fe85a638a

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on June 22, 2011
at 05:26 AM

I have never heard this--do you have a reference that explains about the 3,000 different variants of D3?

Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

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on June 22, 2011
at 04:24 AM

It's produced by humans by skin exposure to the sun :)

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on June 22, 2011
at 03:51 AM

BTW most articles that talk about vitamin d benefits do not explain whether they come from vit d2, from vit d3 or both...That adds to my confusion...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 22, 2011
at 03:50 AM

I've been using Vit. D recently and notice the effects. Very interesting that it's produced by humans. Do you know anymore about how it's made?

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26368b97ba98b30eaf36e41fe85a638a

on June 22, 2011
at 03:39 AM

Vitamin D2 = ergocalciferol, produced by fungus (including mushrooms that grow in a sunny area)

Vitamin D3 = cholecalciferol, produced by animals including humans. This is the form you want.

There is no reason at all to take D2. D3 is cheap enough and probably works better, negating any cost savings with D2.

A bunch of articles on D2 vs D3

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 22, 2011
at 03:50 AM

I've been using Vit. D recently and notice the effects. Very interesting that it's produced by humans. Do you know anymore about how it's made?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 22, 2011
at 12:02 PM

And it requires cholesterol in the skin to make Vit D!

Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

(400)

on June 22, 2011
at 04:24 AM

It's produced by humans by skin exposure to the sun :)

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B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on June 22, 2011
at 03:41 AM

Good question, and maybe someone can get into the extensive details, I haven't read up about it in detail.

I can tell you with absolute certainty that if you want to supplement vitamin D, only bother with D3. The body doesn't do well at absorbing D2 so it is mostly useless.

As you kind of eluded to in your question, you're best of getting your vitamin D mostly from sunlight. There is approximately around 3,000 different variations of D3, when you supplement you might get 2-3. When you convert it from ultraviolet B waves you're getting some of the whole lot.

Currently winter here in Australia and due to a stress fracture I currently have I'm meticulously supplementing with a few things to promote absolute maximum bone health/healing, including D3.

I think once I'm healed and summer has rolled around again I'll run the experiment of getting vit D levels tested pre-summer, get lots of sun over summer, get tested again going into autumn, then during winter, then spring to see if I can buffer enough vit D during summer to last me the winter. This way I can avoid supplementation and it would be similar to how our non-equatorial ancestors would have maintained good vit D levels.

Oh.. so the short answer, use Vit D3. :)

26368b97ba98b30eaf36e41fe85a638a

(90)

on June 22, 2011
at 05:26 AM

I have never heard this--do you have a reference that explains about the 3,000 different variants of D3?

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on June 22, 2011
at 06:18 AM

http://criticalmas.com/2011/04/think-you-know-vitamin-d/ - Turns out I was wrong, when you supplement vit D3 you can 1 type not 2 - 3.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on June 23, 2011
at 12:37 AM

Sweet, thanks for the clarification.

26368b97ba98b30eaf36e41fe85a638a

(90)

on June 22, 2011
at 04:18 PM

OK, that guy is wrong. He misinterpreted what those 3000 derivatives are--they are not naturally occurring "forms" of vitamin D. I just left a lengthy comment, hopefully it will be up soon.

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