Vitamin D: User’s Guide

By Karin Krisher

Vitamin D is probably the most talked about and controversial of the letter vitamins. And it isn’t even a vitamin in the traditional dietary sense. You know about cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) and ergocalciferol (vitamin D2), and how mammals can synthesize vitamin D from sunlight. But your patients may not be as familiar with the aptly coined sunshine vitamin. Here, they’ll find a user’s guide.

 What Are Some Health Supportive Qualities Of Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is widely associated with calcium. Supplemental vitamin D supports calcium and phosphorous absorption, crucial for the body’s development and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones. * It also may support immune system function through support of healthy cell growth.* Vitamin D is responsible for supporting healthy calcium metabolism in the body, which is necessary for normal functioning of the nervous system.* Further, vitamin D may support cardiovascular health and cellular differentiation.*

What Other Nutrients Should I Consider?

Magnesium’s importance in the supplementation process is not to be underestimated. It is the most important cofactor of vitamin D, as it supports proper metabolism of vitamin D, calcium and phosphorous.* That said, calcium is also a popular choice for use with vitamin D, as in DaVinci’s Cocoa Cal-Mag, which contains all three.

Do I Need To See A Doctor First?

Yes. You should always speak with your healthcare practitioner before starting any vitamin regimen. Vitamin D is especially popular in Northern areas, where sunlight is less abundant. Research has implied that vitamin D supports mood in the winter months. (The Sunshine Vitamin!) Doctors in these areas will be plenty familiar with your questions, and vitamin D is so well-known that doctors elsewhere will be similarly well-informed.

What Kind Of Vitamin D Should I Take?

The two most important forms of vitamin D are cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) and ergocalciferol (vitamin D2).  DaVinci formulas feature vitamin D3.  Why? This is the form found in animals. Ergocalciferol is found in plants. That doesn’t mean D2 has fewer supportive properties; it merely means that we have chosen to supplement animals with the form of vitamin D found in animals.

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