Where are your ingredients sourced for the Vitamin D 2500iu. Thank you
Hi, the Vitamin D3 itself is from lichen. It is spray-dried so we can put it into a tablet and the process uses Starch (Corn), a little Sucrose (sugarcane) and Silicon (mineral / effectively very fine sand). We form the tablet using Maltodextrin (maize) with Stearic and Stearate (Canola) and a little Vitamin C&E (sunflower) as antioxidants.
Good afternoon, I've been using your Vegan Vitamin D3 2500iu tablets for a couple of years now. Is there anything that has been changed in past year from a couple of years ago in the ingredients - active or inactive? I've started to develop an allergy and just wanted to know if it was possibly a new ingredient that has been added in the past year or I just have a new allergy. Thank you so much!
Hi, no nothing has changed at all with the formula. We would be very surprised if it is linked, as there are no ingredients that are linked with allergies at all. Please do keep us informed though.
I see you sell vitamin D3 derived from lichens. Could I just eat mushrooms, and would that achieve the same type of vitamin D3, compared to your supplement?
Hi, mushrooms don't contain Vitamin D3 so unfortunately not.
Hello, i'd like to ask about the Vitamine D3 product, Vitashine. I'm allergic to algae and shellfish, and i need to know if the plant source for the d3 is made from algae. Thank you!
Hi, we obtain Vitamin D3 from lichen. Lichens are a symbiosis of a fungus and an alga, but we haven't come across anyone to date experiencing algae-related allergic responses. We only extract the oil from the lichen, so no proteins (usually the source of allergies from such compounds) carry through into Vitashine.
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!).
I thought recommended dosage is 800IU,but the tablet you have is 2500IU,would i be overdosed?
Hi, in Europe the recommended dosage (NRV) is 200iu. In USA it is 400iu. However, many Nutritionists and Doctors recommend much higher daily levels so we offer a range of doses. The upper safe limit for daily Vitamin D3 intake is 4000iu, so our 2500iu tablet is well within this safe range.
How is the vegan vitamin D 500% NRV?
The NRV for Vitamin D3 is 200iu, so Vitashine 1000iu tablets are 500% this NRV.
I am readily your customer. nevertheless can I know if your products been tested with any negative effects on the liver/kidney related pls?
Hi, all of the ingredients used in our products have been tested to ensure no such possible negative effects. We work to European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) regulations for our formulas and the levels of nutrients that we use.
Hi, I have been a happy customer for quite a while now..but I am wondering, what difference is there in terms of actual D3 between your D3 and a 'wholefood' D3? (Eg Terra Nova/ Viridian, both of which I know are more expensive... ). Am I right in thinking it is just you get extra vitamins/minerals because it comes from a food? Thank you.
Hi, I don't know their specific formulas, but Vitamin D3 is Vitamin D3 so there should be no difference at all. I think 'wholefood' refers to the entirety of the formulas being made in a certain way, but performance and efficacy is no different. I hope that helps.
Vitamine D helps transport calcium to your bones, but not so much without k2. Would it not be possible to combine both in one tablet? I love your products and it's a pitty that I have to buy k2 from another company...
We combine Vitamin D3 with Vitamin K2 and Calcium in our JointVie supplement. We call it the 'triangle effect' and you are correct it is an ideal combination. The Vitashine products will always be Vitamin D3 on its own, as we position them to fit into any preferred supplement regime.
Is this suitable for breastfeeding?
Hi, yes, Vitashine tablets are really beneficial during breastfeeding.
How much d3 do you actually get from the tablets as compared to the spray?
Hi, absorption will be virtually the same. The reason being, we spray-dry the Oil to allow the formation of tablets. So it is still the oil form, just presented in a spray-dried preparation that fully disperses when consumed.
is your vitamin D3 free of beta-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) and Microcystins/ cyanoginosins (since it originates from Lichen)
Hi, yes. Due to the way we extract the oil (resulting in a highly pure oily extract), we ensure no toxins can possibly carry through. We test for purity.
how is the D3 extracted form the Lichen, and is it free from any cyana-toxins produced from the lichen?
Hi, we use a process that involved water, plant-source alcohol (all recovered) and pressure. The oily extract is tested for purity (and the process ensures isolation of the parts we need). There is no possibility of any toxins found on lichens carrying through.
Hello !!! I would like to know how long is the expiration date on each bottle. Thank you so much!!!
All our supplements come with a really good shelf like. The current stock of Vitashine 2500iu as of June 2020 has an expiry date of 03/2022.
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?
Yes we do use D-Alpha Tocopherol from sunflower now rather than soy.
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.
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"".
How long will a bottle of Vitashine last?
Vitashine tablets will last 60 days at the stated doses.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.