CategoryVitamin D

What’s the Best Vitamin D Supplement for Vegans in 2020?

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Vitamin D deficiency is a problem for  both vegans and omnivores alike. Recent research shows that around 77% of Americans are vitamin D deficient, particularly in the winter. Most symptoms aren’t life threatening (e.g. headaches, fatigue), but they will significantly affect your life. Vegans face an even greater challenge because the only good food sources of vitamin D are animal...

Can I Dissolve B12 or D3 Vitamins in Food Cook With Them?

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This is a good question I recently came across that has a simple answer: You should not cook with vitamin B12 or D3, as it will decrease the amount you can absorb. Both vitamin B12 supplements and vitamin D3 supplements are common among vegans. You’ve also likely read that eating food alongside your vitamins helps your body absorb them effectively. So tossing them in salads or smoothies...

What is Vegan Vitamin D3 Made From?

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Most vitamin D3 isn’t vegan, but there is a type derived from plants. Vegan vitamin D3 is made from lichen, which is a marine plant. Fish have long-known to be great sources of vitamin D3. But where do they get their D3 from? While the answer is not definitively known, the evidence is pointing towards a type of plankton called lichen. Fish don’t appear to be able to create their...

Why Is Vitamin D3 in Cereals Not Vegan?

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Summary: Vitamin D3 can be vegan (derived from lichen), but the majority of it is not. Most vitamin D3 comes from lanolin (oil in sheep’s wool) – an animal product. The wool industry employs many cruel practices, which is why wool and its oil are not vegan. The vast majority of vitamin D3 added to supplements and foods these days is not vegan. This is a shame, because vegan vitamin D3...