NOW Foods Vitamin D-3, Structural Support 2000 I.U., 240 Softgels
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NOW Foods Vitamin D-3, Structural Support 2000 I.U., 240 Softgels
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    4.7 out of 5 stars
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    I was tired almost all the time for many years. So tired in fact, I could barely get out of bed sometimes. I went to many doctors and not one could find out what was wrong with me, until about a year ago, when a new doctor tested... Read More

    I was tired almost all the time for many years. So tired in fact, I could barely get out of bed sometimes. I went to many doctors and not one could find out what was wrong with me, until about a year ago, when a new doctor tested my Vit. D levels and found they were extremely low. This product has given me my life back. Do be careful about how much you take, as more is not necessarily better. This vitamin can be toxic. Read Less

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    The benefits and advantages of Vitamin D continue to accumulate in the research arena, particularly over the past 5 years. We now know how important it is to maintain adequate vitamin D levels for optimal health, since insufficien... Read More

    The benefits and advantages of Vitamin D continue to accumulate in the research arena, particularly over the past 5 years. We now know how important it is to maintain adequate vitamin D levels for optimal health, since insufficient vitamin D has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, autoimmune disease and cancer.Here is what you need to know about the differences between the two forms of Vitamin D:1. Vitamin D2: (ergocalciferol) This is the synthetic (artificial) form of D produced from fungi and yeast.Recent research has demonstrated that D2 is not as effective in increasing blood (serum) levels of Vitamin D as D-3.2. Vitamin D3: (cholecalciferol): This is the natural form of Vitamin D naturally produced in our skin by sunlight. It is synthesized from lanolin (sheep's wool).** Note: There is now a Vegan D3 available on the market. Here is your link: http://www.amazon.com/Solgar-Vitamin-Cholecalciferol-Vegetable-Capsules/dp/B0019KAS66/ref=sr_1_2?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1416178087&sr=1-2&keywords=vegan+vitamin+d3+2000+iuPROS:1. D3 is the clearly preferred form of Vitamin D because it is more effective at increasing blood serum levels of 25 (OH) D-The standard blood test for Vitamin D. (Tripkovich et al, 2012).2. D3 has a significantly longer shelf life compared to D2 supplements.3. These softgels are small and easy to swallow-even for those who have difficulty.4. Product is GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) certified.5. Contains extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) as a natural emulsifier.6. Wheat, yeast, egg, gluten, milk, tree nut, fish, shellfish and soy free.7. Clear "Best By" Date stamped on bottle bottom.CONS:1. This softgel capsule contains animal by-products (bovine gelatin) and should be avoided by those with allergies, sensitivities or who are vegan.2. This product is not GMO-free.RECOMMENDATIONS:1. An excellent product for the price, recommended for daily supplementation of D3 but 4 stars for GMO and bovine gelatin.2. I would like to see a 360 count bottle, GMO-free and veg caps available as does Nutrigold for this product.3. Take with a fatty food for best absorption.4. Ask your physician for a "25-hydroxyl D" 25 (OH) D blood test if you believe you are at-risk for low D3. This is the standard test to measure blood serum levels of Vitamin D. The optimal range (referred to as "reference range") of Vitamin D for us is between 30-40 ng/ml on this blood panel. You can then monitor accurately your levels and make necessary adjustments when appropriate.Wishing You All Good Health!! Read Less