Chris Smith 25
Woman Sunshine 26

What happens when we get UV exposure is there's a reaction in the skin which produces Vitamin D. That is how it's designed to happen. However, we don't get very much of the sun particularly here in the UK. From September to March, it's at really low levels. In fact they say if you live north of 52 degrees latitude, which for anyone listening in the UK, is about North of Milton Keynes, you don't get enough sunlight throughout the whole year on average to produce enough Vitamin D.

— Chris Smith

There are two types of Vitamin D supplement. You will hear about Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. It's really important to understand the difference. Vitamin D3 is a form of Vitamin D that is produced by the skin when you are exposed to the sun. That is the correct form. That is the form that is ready for the body to take in, metabolise and utilise. It’s also called calciferol. There's also Vitamin D2 which is called ergocalciferol. That is a Vitamin D in analogue. It's produced in nature, so often promoted use for by vegetarians and vegans, it comes from things like mushrooms, but the metabolic root for Vitamin D2, how it becomes useful for the body is a lot more complicated. It needs to go through conversions before it can even be considered suitable for the body. Vitamin D3 is widely accepted as the more effective form of Vitamin D.

— Chris Smith

Plant Based 22

Thankfully, now, after a lot of research, there's a plant source of Vitamin D3 available. It comes from a lichen. A lichen is a moss-like substance. Now, it is possible to get Vitamin D3 that ticks every box for vegetarians and vegans. In short, Vitamin D2 is redundant. It won't disappear because it's been on the market forever, but I cannot see any reason for anybody to take Vitamin D2.

— Chris Smith