Do I need to take the vegan d3 with a meal? Is it fat soluble like the lanolin based d3? Trying for figure out whan and how to take them, I drink coffee in the morning and read that you cant take them until 30 min after drinking the coffee. if I drink coffee and eat breakfast and wait for 30 minutes I wont be taking the d with a meal. Can you suggest what is the best way for me to take the vegan d3?
Hi, yes we recommend taking any and all supplements at a meal time. our Vitamin D3 is fat soluble and there is sufficient fat within the spray-dried format to absorb without the need for a specifically oily meal. We recommend taking the tablet at Breakfast time.
There is no need to wait for a period of time after drinking coffee when it comes to Vitamin D3. If you take any B Vitamins, it is always useful to wait 30 minutes or so after drinking coffee (i.e. until you've been to the bathroom). The reason being, coffee is diuretic and water-based B Vitamins are at risk of washing straight through, so have a pee first!
I am looking to buy your vitamin d3 tablets vitashine and was wondering if I should be concerned about the effects of vitamin D3 causing calcified arteris when the body has low amounts of K2 vitamin. Should I also have K2 to supplement
Hi, the vast majority of diets contain sufficient Vitamin K2 to overcome any potential issue of Vitamin D3 calcification.
We are, however, big advocates of the benefits of Vitamin K2 and the specific combination of D3 + K2 + Calcium + Magnesium. We use this combination in our Multi Vit and Bone Care products.
Hi! I have a quick question. Vitamin D absorption is impaired by Vitamin E. Every single vegan Vitamin D supplement I look for contains Vitamin E, including yours. Why use Vitamin E, then? Thank you very much!
Hi, that's not strictly true. Very high doses could have an interaction in relation to absorption, but not the levels used in supplements. To answer your question, we use a small amount of Vitamin E as an antioxidant to protect the Vitamin D3 from oxidative damage.
my Dr, has told me to take D3 in either 1000 or 2000ui each day. I'm a vegan with Celiac. I read that the Vitashine is a very good product to use. I only see Vitashine on the 2500ui size and above. Do you manufactur D3 with Vitashine in 1000ui or 2000ui? If only available in 2500ui and up, What would the difference to me be if I took the 2500ui size
Hi, yes we offer Vitashine 1000iu tablets as well as 2500iu tablets.
I miss a combination from Vit. K2 and Vit. D , why do you not have this?
Hi, we offer a combination of Vitamins D3 and K2 within our Joint-Vie and VegVit formulas.
Good morning, I have your 1000ui vit D pills, if my doctor suggested 2000ui can I take 2 of them, so that is equivalent to 2000ui? Thanks
Hi, yes that's absolutely fine. We also offer 2500iu tablets too.
Hello, I want to know how many time i have to supplement your vitamine d3 if i have 25-(OH) vit D on 8.7 ng/mL (also, is there an overdose if i took it too many time?) By other hand, i have my calcium on 9.9, i was planning on taking VegVit also, is it reccomendable? meaning i plan to stop eating almonds because it will take it up too much, and i'm on the limit for overdose. I dont know if its viable. Thank you!
Hi, you should see a good improvement in your Vitamin D status within 1-2 weeks of taking Vitashine 1000iu. If you do combine with VegVit, it will give you a very good daily intake (including Vitamin K2 and some Calcium) while remaining well without the recognised safe level of Vitamin D3.
What is the efficacy of absorption of Lichen vit D to Lanolin vit D Are there any studies to show this?
The Vitamin D3 compound itself is chemically identical and we do not expect any difference in efficacy. Blood studies we performed in India showed it is bioavailable.
Dear Vegetology Representative,
My understanding is that your company was the first to market with a vegan, lichen-based source of Vitamin D3 / cholecalciferol known as Vitashine.
Regarding your Vitashine formula, what is the manufacturing process that you employ to derive cholecalciferol from lichens? How does your manufacturing process compare to the manufacturing process of a lanolin-based cholecalciferol?
Hi, the lichen we use naturally contains Vitamin D3. We extract the D3-rich oil from the lichen and concentrate this. It is very different to lanolin and other animal-origin Vitamin D3, which is synthesised.
I have been taking the the vitamin d3 2500ui supplement during the winter.
I wonder what your dosage recommendation is for the spring / summer / autumn months with an office job in London?
I am 39 years old, I am quite active outdoors running and cycling a few times a week.
I do suffer from SAD over the winter months.
Can you overdo your toxicity levels of D3 if I take 2500ui throughout the year? Was thinking of getting the 1000ui version for spring / summer / autumn.
Hi, the recognised upper safe daily intake of Vitamin D3 is 4000iu, so you are fine to take 2500iu per day during the year. From your description, I would suggest you consider taking 2500iu per day during the Autumn and Winter months, but perhaps reduce to 2500iu every 2-3 days during the summer months. While there is no harm maintaining the higher ongoing dose, you probably don't need to be quite so high in summer (depending if we get one in the UK that is!).
Can you tell me if halving the vitamin D tablets to take half a day affects the tablets in any way?
Hi, halving the Vitashine tablets will not have a negative impact on efficacy, so that is fine to do.
How is the vegan vitamin D 500% NRV?
The NRV for Vitamin D3 is 200iu, so Vitashine 1000iu tablets are 500% this NRV.
What dosage is suitable for osteoporosis? Is a vitamin D3 + K2 a better choice?
Hi, 1000iu is a good dose of Vitamin D3. It is worth considering our Joint-Vie formula, which provides Vitamin D3 + K2 + Calcium (a very important combination for Bone Care) plus other key nutrients too.
Can Vitashine 1000iu be broken into two-piece and be given to a 1-year-old kid. Thanks.
Hi, we don't recommend trying to give tablets (even broken into two) to infants under 24 months old. Vitashine Spray provides an ideal option for babies and infants.
Is there side effects?
We do not expect any side effects.
Is this suitable for pregnant women in her second trimester ?
Hi, yes it is very beneficial to Mum and Baby. You can also consider our PregnaVie supplement, which contains Vitamin D3, and is specially formulated to support from conception right through to breast feeding.
Are there any mushroom- or funghi-derived ingredients in Vitashine 1000iu?
Hi, no, Vitashine products don't contain any fungi or derivatives.
From what country do you harvest the lichen that goes into your Vegan D3?
The lichen is harvested from designated growing sites in regions of Asia and North America.
Would I get too much Vitamin D3 if I take Opti3 and VegVit together?
A combination of Opti3 and VegVit is a really good supplement regime. While both contain D3, the collective level is very low (400iu) and actually many people are advised to take a higher dose. From a safety perspective it is well below any concern level, which would be upwards of 10,000iu per dose.
Where can I see the Kosher label for Vitashine D3 1000iu?
Vitashine products are not currently Kosher certified. They are Kosher suitable, but at this stage we have not been audited to obtain Kosher certification for the products themselves. However, Vitashine Vitamin D3 as an ingredient is Kosher certified.
Is the d-alpha tocopherol in Vitashine D3 no longer from soy, but from the newer sunflower-derived source?
We now use D-Alpha Tocopherol from sunflower now rather than soy.
How should I store Vitashine?
Vitashine should be stored in a cool dry place, out of the sight and reach of children. Refrigeration is recommended to maintain maximum freshness. Use within 3 months of opening.
Allergy advice with Vitashine?
Vitashine is free from sugar, wheat, gluten and dairy products.
Is Vitamin D3 superior to Vitamin D2?
The healthy debate continues on this topic. In our opinion, the published research suggests Vitamin D3 is superior. One particular peer-reviewed study concluded that Vitamin D3 is at least 87% more potent than Vitamin D2.
Can I take higher doses of Vitamin D3?
We recognise many people seek higher doses of Vitamin D3 than the RDA of 200IU. That is why we offer flexibility and options of doses. Always consult your Doctor or Health Practitioner if you are considering taking a higher dose.
Where does Vitamin D3 usually come from?
Meat and fish are the most common sources of Vitamin D3 in the diet. The reason conventional Vitamin D3 supplements are not suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans is because the D3 is extracted from sheep's wool (Lanolin) or other animal sources.
Do lichens have proven safety?
Yes. In fact the lichen we use is classed as a food ingredient with a long history of safety.
How do I use Vitashine?
Vitashine is supplied as tablets which can be chewed or swallowed with water, or as an oral spray which can be administered directly into the mouth or sprayed onto food.
What is the dose I should take?
Vitashine tablets are ideal for those seeking a higher level (available in 1000IU and 2500IU strength). We recommend consulting your Doctor for advice on dose.
How long will a bottle of Vitashine last?
Vitashine tablets will last 60 days at the stated doses.
Can my children take Vitashine?
Yes. It is widely recommended that children are given Vitamin D3 and we recommend using the Vitashine Spray, at a daily dose of 200IU per day (1 spray).
Can I take Vitashine during pregnancy?
Yes, but always seek advice from your Health Practitioner before taking any supplements. Vitamin D helps you regulate calcium and phosphate levels in the body. A BBC report concluded "Pregnant women "must take Vitamin D supplements"".
Is Vitashine registered with the Vegan Society?
There is justified skepticism about vegan source Vitamin D3 supplements and we are very proud that our products are registered with the Vegan Society and Vegetarian Society.
What is Vitashine and where is it from?
Vitashine is a vegan and vegetarian Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) nutritional supplement. Our Vitamin D3 comes from a plant source called a lichen.