D - Organic Vegan vitamin D 1000iu 60 tablets from organic mushrooms | Vitals
Vitals Vitamin D2 from organic mushrooms
Organically cultured mushrooms were used for this supplement. Mushrooms contain various nutrients among which ergosterol (provitamin D2) which will convert into ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) when enough UV-rays fall onto the mushrooms.
Most mushrooms are grown in the dark, so don't expect mushrooms that you can buy from the greengrocer, to contain significant amounts of vitamin D.
By contrast, the mushrooms used for this extract have been exposed to enough UV-rays and therefore contain a high amount of vitamin D2.
Advantages of vitamin D from mushrooms
An advantage of using vitamin D from mushrooms is how this is an entiurely natural and plant-based product as opposed to vitamin D3 products that are derived from animals (sheep wool or fish livers) and require more purification.
This makes it suitable for vegetarians and vagans as well as for people who prefer a more natural ‘whole food’ supplement instead of a supplement with just one singular isolated compound.
Unfortunately it is not yet possible to create vegan organically certified vitamin D3. .
Vitamin D2 as alternative to vitamin D3
Vitamin D2 is converted into calcitrol, which is the bioactive form of vitamin D in the body. Formerly it was thought how vitamin D2 (the plant-based form of vitamin D) is less effective as a supplement than vitamin D3 (the animalic form) , but a few recent studies that were done on this specific organic vitamin D from mushrooms, show plant-based vitamin D2 can be an excellent alternative to vitamin D3 and is suitable to increase and maintain a normal status of vitamin D in the body.
Mechanism of vitamin D
Vitamin D is very important for proper calcium absorption and by consequence also for bone metabolism and strong teeth.
It also has a main role in a proper functioning immune system and normal cell replication.
An optimal vitamin D intake is also crucial for cardiovascular health.
Babies, children and pregnant women need to ingest enough vitamin D for proper growht and development.
In winter, the body's own production of vitamin D is much lower than in summer.
Also, with advancing age, our bodies cannot produce enough vitamin D on its own.
The active ingredients from organic nutritional supplements are guaranteedto be organic and not being produced in a synthetic way. Apart from this, production takes place with special regard to the environment, animals and humans. Special protocols outline what is meant by this. For instance, no chemical pesticides, fertilizers or genetically modified organisms are being used.
The Dutch institute Skal Biocontrole checks whether the protocols are being followed to ensure a product is truly organic.
Some supplements are suitable for both men and women of all ages as well as children. But other supplements are specifically targeted to the aging woman or man. Another supplement is especially suitable for athletes, regardless of gender.
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What is the relationship between religion and food?
In the past few weeks two different incidents made me stop and pause to think how much eating or not eating meat is starting to divide our society.
A vegan lifestyle, which once was a complete rarity in our country, seems to have become popular overnight among the hip and happening crowd.
This is in stark contrast with the general public, which is still very much in love with their steak and bacon.
A good example of that contrast was shown in the way the general public as well as vegans responded to the December edition of Allerhande, a popular supermarket magazine. People who like to celebrate Christmas in a traditional way, lamented the absence of classic meat-heavy recipes, while vegans rejoiced about the multitude of creative vegan recipes.
Because the complaints as well as the compliments were so vocal and heart-felt, it struck me how much veganism or refusal of it has almost become a religion of its own.
The loud complaints were nothing compared to the antisemitic vitriol that was spewn when the popular Palestinian vlogger Nas (Daily) decided to make an episode about Tel Aviv, the vegan capital of the world.
All this made me curious about the relation between religion and food laws and more specifically islamic and jewish food laws as well as to the reasons why even non-religious people get so worked up about food guidelines they are living by.
A vegan life
Over the past decades, a vegetarian life-style has become much more common and accepted than say just 25 years ago, when it was difficult to eat a satisfying meal away from home.
With the advent of wider vegetarian options, more and more people jump straight from a non-vegetarian lifestyle into veganism.
take 1 capsule per day with a fat-rich meal with plenty of water or as directed by a qualified medical physician or pharmacist
this supplement is not meant for children younger than 10 years
contains per daily serving (1 capsule)
organic mushroom powder 200mg
- of which vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) 1000 iu (25µg)
active ingredient (organic mushroom powder containing ergocalciferol), filler (rice concentrate), capsule (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose)
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature between 15 - 22°C.
keep out of reach of young children
adverse effects & contra-indications
derived from mushrooms
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish, shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans