Origins of Vitamin D3 Supplements
Most supplements for Vitamin D3 aren’t vegan and vegetarian friendly. Why? It’s to do with the source of Vitamin D3 in supplements. Vitamin D supplements developed for those on a plant-origin diet have traditionally been with plant-based vitamin D2, which we know isn’t as effective.
There have traditionally been two main sources where Vitamin D3 is derived from for supplements –
If you have chosen to follow a plant-based diet, or want to live more ethically, with a view to being more planet friendly, neither of these are really solutions. Lanolin, far from being a natural pure option will likely have been contaminated at some point with sheep dip or pesticides.
That’s where Vegetology come in. At Vegetology, we love science. We spend our time researching what our bodies need and the best ways to get those minerals and vitamins, whatever your diet, whilst protecting the planet.
Vegan Vitamin D3
At Vegetology, we didn’t like the idea of deriving Vitamin D3 from lanolin - we wanted an animal-free, sustainable, eco-friendly, cleaner source.
That’s when we discovered lichen, a plant-based source of Vitamin D3 that is vegan and vegetarian friendly Vitamin D3, and created Vitashine, a vegan Vitamin D3 supplement.
What is Lichen?
It’s a small unique plant species consisting of a symbiotic association of a fungus with an algae. It’s naturally found on mountainsides, rocks and trees in abundance. It’s a natural source of Vitamin D3 with no negative effects on the environment.
Who is it suitable for?
Well, the short answer is everyone! Although it is the world’s first Vitamin D3 source approved by the Vegan and Vegetarian society, it isn’t just for those following a plant based diet. Lichen isn’t just animal-free, it is also a more sustainable way of creating a Vitamin D3 supplement. Because it comes from a plant source, it is arguably a purer source, it isn’t contaminated by sheep dip or pesticides. It is easy to grow and naturally occurs in large quantities, so it isn’t having a negative effect on the environment, making Vitashine a great environmentally conscious choice.
How will I know if I need a Vitamin D3 supplement?
Why not download our free guide, How To Get More Vitamin D3 In Your Diet to find out more about Vitamin D3, those most at risk of becoming Vitamin D deficient and how you and your family can make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D3 while following a plant based diet and making ethical, planet friendly choices.