I'm in the pacific northwest for the last winter of my life (hooray!) and so my D3 reserves are pretty darn low.
I started taking conventional D3 supplements a week ago and feel a LOT better.
However, the synthetically produced aspect of it worries me, so I was considering either...
A.) Getting vegan D3 supplements
B.) Going to a tanning salon once or twice a week
What do you think?
Thank you so much!
"Basically D-3 always is derived from an animal. The sunlight reaction that converts 7-dehydrocholesterol to vitamin D-3 is a 'pure' chemical reaction
that occurs in your skin in certain cells.
I have subsequently learned that Vitamin D-3 can come from four differentsources:
Pig skin, sheep skin, raw fish liver, and pig brains. Most of the time,
Vitamin D-3 is extracted from pig skin and sold to dairy processors.
Here is see one made from mushrooms http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Plus-Vitamin-Vegetarian-Capsules/dp/B...
best way is to get out in summer for 15 minutes of direct midday sun we can store vitamin d
I live in Las Vegas where there is plenty of Sun even in the winter... the problem is my job keeps me inside during the week. I have found that a 15 minute tanning session once or twice a week does the trick. I recommend it, just remember to build up to it because 99% of the risk of tanning comes from when it is over done and you burn. That still leaves a small risk but Vitamin D deficiency I think is a bigger risk. Also, it is very difficult for your body to absorb the vitamin D from your food. Remember we really are supposed to make this stuff... in fact it really isn't a vitamin but a hormone (made by one organ and used by others).
Hope that helps!
Vitamin D describes a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for improving intestinal absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate and also zinc. In humans, one of the most vital substances in this team are vitamin D3 (additionally referred to as cholecalciferol) and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). Cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol could be ingested from the diet and from supplements. Quite couple of meals have vitamin D, synthesis of vitamin D (especially cholecalciferol) in the skin is the major natural sources of the vitamin. Facial synthesis of vitamin D from cholesterol is dependent on sun direct exposure (specifically UV-B radiation).
Thanks for all the info! I have definitely found that just sun exposure seems to work the best.
I take a vegan Vitamin D. It's the garden of life brand. I got it off of amazon. I'm afraid of tanning beds and they're expensive as flip.
Yeah I found the Deva vegan multivitamins which seem to be working well for me.
I brought a cheap hydroponics light for vit D, i live in the U.K and can get pretty miserable in the winter, 600 watt HPS light, 20-30 mins couple of time a week, i ended up getting a tan rather quickly from it and noticed some improvements in mood, well-being and even fitness. But after a while i stopped using it because my intuition was telling me that the EMF it was putting out was doing more harm than good as i started to get dizzy using it.
I think the best thing to do is just leave the U.k in my case at least in the winter, imo nothing that's naturally needed can be replicated without some serious side effects.