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Vitamin D Supplements Revisited

Last month, in the article entitled: “Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin,” we talked about the many benefits of getting adequate vitamin D and how hard it is to get enough during long winter months here in the North. In order to assist you in selecting a vitamin D supplement that is right for you, the following is a quick rundown of the vitamin D supplements currently available at Willy Street Co-op West, their descriptions, potencies, prices and unique characteristics. While every attempt was made to provide you with a complete list, we are continually updating our product offerings, so be sure to check with your Wellness associate if you are interested in a product that is not listed here.

A Word about Dosages
While there is much debate in the scientific community about how many IUs of vitamin D constitute adequate daily dose for adults, there is a growing body of scientific evidence indicating  an adult daily intake of supplemental vitamin D should be 5000-10,000 IUs. Michael Holick, PhD, MD, and vitamin D researcher recommends in his book The Vitamin D Solution, a safe upper limit of 10,000 IUs for adults and 5,000 IUs for children. As always, you should consult your medical professional before starting any new regimen.

The Institute of Medicine gives the following minimum daily vitamin D intake recommendations:

  • Ages 1-70: 600 IUs per day

  • Older than 71: 800 IUs

Vitamin D Supplements at Willy west
The following is a brief description of what is available at the Willy Street Co-op WEST SIDE LOCATION (Willy East has slightly different offerings). It is always a good idea to call first for availability if you are looking for a specific product.

Natural Factors
Natural Factors is a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified manufacturer of natural health food supplements and vitamins. Based out of Coquitlam, Canada, NF has been established since 1965 and exports their nutritional products throughout Canada, the United States and many other countries around the world. Natural Factors is known for their utilization of medical and naturopathic physicians, herbalists, formulators and nutritionists in the development of all their products. The company guarantees their products to be safe and efficacious for natural health support.

Rainbow Light
Rainbow Light is a leader in the natural nutritional supplement industry that was founded in 1981 in Santa Cruz, California, by a team with a passion for providing healthy nutritional supplements grounded in the power of nature. Rainbow Light’s Vitamin D3 1,000 IU Sunny Gummies™, which provide 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 with only 10 calories and 2 grams of sugar, was featured in Good Houskeeping magazine as the winner out of 24 different gummies and chews tested for the best tasting and potency.

Superior Source
The manufacturer of the Superior Source product line, Continental Vitamin Company founded in 1969, is recognized as the only source of soft-molded, instant-release nutraceutical tablets. This Instant Dissolve MicroLingual® technology allows the small tablets to dissolve quickly in the mouth and go to work fast. The nutrients are quicklyabsorbed directly into the body under the tongue. By swallowing supplements, as much as 50% of the potency is lost in the high acid environment of the stomach.

Founded in 1973, MegaFood has been a pioneer in the natural products industry, being the first company to make vitamins from scratch with farm fresh whole foods. They use a gentle, low-temperature food-drying technology that enables the nutritional attributes of the carefully sourced fresh fruits and vegetables to be delivered to the consumer. They operate a comprehensive, state-of-the-art analytical lab to test all of their nutrients and finished products for potency and purity. Their D3 product features “FoodState” vitamin D3, which delivers amino acids and sterols that act to catalyze utilization and replenish the body. Organic whole foods provide synergistic co-factors to enhance utilization. The tablets are easy to digest even on an empty stomach.

Source Naturals
Source Naturals was created in 1982 in Scotts Valley, California. Source Naturals Strategy for Wellness is to provide education that empowers individuals to take responsibility for their health, rather than relying solely on outside medical authority.

Nature’s Plus
Nature’s Plus uses the highest quality safe and natural ingredients for their products. They utilize a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility which meets the highest level of Good Manufacturing Practices. Potency and purity is backed by their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

American Health
American Health, a leading nutritional supplement manufacturer, has high-quality nutritional products created to help you maintain optimum health and wellness. Non-Acidic Ester-C® with D3 Bone & Immune Health Complex combines the 24-hour immune support of pH-neutral Ester-C® Vitamin C with high-potency (5,000 IU) Vitamin D3 in a once daily formula.

Nordic Naturals
Nordic Naturals was born in Arctic Norway, where founder Joar Opheim grew up. Nordic Naturals incorporates ethical and socially responsible practices with regards to environmental consciousness, corporate transparency, philanthropic partnerships, and education. The D3 product we carry at the Co-op is a unique formula specifically developed for vegans, strict vegetarians, or for those who prefer a non-lanolin form of vitamin D3. Sourced from organic lichen, this plant-based liquid formula is in the natural form of vitamin D (cholecalciferol) and is better absorbed and utilized by the body than is D2 (ergocalciferol).

Willy Street co-op Brand
All of our Willy Street Co-op brand vitamins are third party certified for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) by the Natural Products Association (NPA) and are a reflection of our commitment to quality. Quality matters, which is why we provide Best By dating, full disclosure labels, amber-shaded glass bottles and even test all our products for disintegration.

Coming Soon—Garden of Life
We are currently working on bringing in Vitamin Code RAW Vitamin D3 from Garden of Life. This product is different from any other vitamin D nutritional supplement available today. RAW Vitamin D3 is a whole food vitamin D complex that is gluten- and dairy-free with no binders or fillers, and contains live probiotics and enzymes. More importantly, Vitamin Code RAW D3 is a raw source of vitamin D3. Look for it soon on our shelves.

No matter which vitamin D you choose, make it a priority to get adequate amounts into your daily supplement regime. Every member of the Wellness staff here at the Willy Street Co-op is happy to assist you in choosing a product that meets your needs, because that is the one best for you!

Last month’s article was written by Julia Millar, not Kathy Kemnitz.
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