Since vitamin D3 is naturally found in the human body, it is generally considered the preferred form of vitamin D supplementation, which is obtained (mostly) from lanolin that is sourced from sheep’s wool (lanolin).
The effect and safety of animal-based Vitamin D3 is proven.
There is another type of Vitamin D3 which is 100% vegan and vegetarian and sourced from lichen extract.
While, D3 sourced from Lanolin serves as a smart way to maintain optimal levels of Vitamin D3, the safety of utilizing the other supplement which is sourced from lichen is still unknown.
Get ready to learn about lanolin vs. lichen.
There is a new craze in the marketplace for time-release vitamins. But are they good for you, or can they be harmful? Is this a marketing hype or is there real science behind the new marketing push?
Time-release vitamins get their origins from the pharmaceutical industry. The reason behind slow- or time-release medication is simple: a) reduce the rate of side effects associated with a rapid surge of the medication in your blood or b) reduce the need for multiple dosing of the same drug in a 24-hour interval.
To better understand how medications are better as a time-released tablet, one has to better understand their side effects.
How best to take your vitamin is not new to the medical community but may be new to the public.
The cost and benefits of each route of administration and the ease of access must also be considered when one is given a choice of vitamin therapies. Intravenous dosing or intramuscular dosing will not be reviewed here as it is not an oral route and would be beyond the scope of this blog.
Stevia is part of the sunflower family and is a bushy plant with 150 different species. Originally from Brazil and Paraguay, it is now grown in a multitude of countries including Japan and China. Stevia is an intensely sweet-tasting plant that has been used to sweeten beverages like tea since the 16th century.
Stevia is considered to have zero calories. There are major health benefits from this true wonder of nature that we shall discuss below.
The biggest issue of Turmeric or Curcumin intake is its poor absorption. In a study on rats showed only 60% of a high dose was absorbed and some human studies fare even worse. As Turmeric or Curcumin are absorbed by the intestine, they are poorly absorbed due to the fatty content of Turmeric and its root where Curcumin is mostly concentrated. Due to such high fat content the herb should be taken with a fatty meal to improve its absorption. After intestinal absorption the liver performs what is called first pass metabolism, which is the bodies defense against any ingested toxin but it also causes major deactivation and degradation of the good products found in Turmeric and its major known active ingredient Curcumin.
The main issue with zinc absorption is that it can be blocked by supplements such as Calcium, Iron, or Magnesium and it can interact with other medications such as antibiotics.
What is the best way to take my zinc supplements and are there certain supplements that should be avoided? Finally, how much zinc is too much?
Brittle bones and bone fractures are all too common amongst the geriatric community. Osteoporosis is a leading “silent disease” known to cause bone fractures and other linked medical conditions. Physicians and patients generally address these issues by supplementing with Vitamin D and Calcium.
Although vitamin D ensures that your blood calcium levels stay high enough to meet your body’s needs, it does not fully control where the calcium in your body ends up. That is where the partnership specifically between D3 and vitamin K2 becomes important as discussed below.
To swallow supplements and expect a different result than we already have failed to obtain from swallowing our foods is considered insanity. Hence the better alternative may be supplements that can be absorbed directly under the tongue with cleaner production methods and faster absorption independent of the need to be swallowed or absorbed through the intestinal tract.
osteoporosis is a growing issue for a wide population of the elderly community, it is referred to as the “silent disease”. You may not know anything is wrong until a bone fracture, commonly hip fractures . Physicians and patients commonly address this issue with vitamin D3 and calcium supplementation.
Standard iron supplements contain 65 mg of elemental iron in a 325mg total tablet, that includes salts, additives, preservatives, coloring, coatings, etc. Iron supplement studies have shown overall poor absorption for all swallowed iron supplements from liquid to gummies to swallowed pills. Multiple daily dosing has become the standard of the industry to improve overall absorption which may possibly even worsen the absorption issue.
Studies of Vitamin D3 in Regards to Covid-19
The recent study in Ireland shows that countries such as Spain and Italy that rely solely on sunlight for their D3 supplementation have an overall lower rates of vitamin D3 level in their population vs. countries such as Sweden and Finland that use supplementation as their main means of D3 nutrition. What is also observed is that the populations that suffer lower levels of D3 had a worse outcome overall with Covid-19 infections. Hence the authors of the study recommend optimizing vitamin D3 levels in all populations as a means of preventing morbidity and mortality.
The most important point to remember is that most other vitamins that you encounter, be it gummies, compressed hard tablets, pills, capsules, gelcaps or vitamin-drinks they all must be swallowed in order to be absorbed. Once they have been swallowed they must survive the stomach acids, pancreatic enzymes and finally after surviving must get absorbed into the intestinal system to undergo liver cleansing. Most vitamin producers add additives to create a strong protective shell around the vitamins. Many of the ingredients to protect the vitamin against your stomach acids are not necessarily good for you or protect you. Even if you are able to swallow the vitamins there is no guarantee that your body is able to absorb the vitamins attached to all the additives and preservatives. Once absorbed then your liver has to work hard to separate the vitamins from the unnecessary binders. Therefore, the sublingual or under the tongue route bypasses the intestinal system all together and allows you to absorb your vitamin directly into the bloodstream. It also allows for the product to have no unnecessary additives or preservatives.
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