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Vitamin D3 1,000 IU Softgels (100 Count)

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  • General Health and Wellness
  • Heart Health – Cardiovascular Support
  • Healthy Aging
  • Bone, Joint, and Musculoskeletal
  • Immune Support
  • Quick Notes:

    • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the bodies preferred form for optimal absorption!
    • Vitamin D is essential for overall health including absorption of calcium and phosphate.

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    Quick Notes:

    • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the bodies preferred form for optimal absorption!
    • Vitamin D is essential for overall health including absorption of calcium and phosphate. This in turn supports bone, cardiovascular, and immune health!
    • Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin!
    • A deficiency in Vitamin D can contribute to bone loss and can reduce calcium uptake efficiency!
    • Contains 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) per softgel!
    • Derived from wool oil (lanolin)!
    • Convenient, easy-to-swallow softgel!
    • Contains rice bran oil as the softgel base!


    Vitamin D (cholecalciferol) is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is responsible for enhancing the intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate thereby helping to form, mineralize, and maintain strong bones.

    Vitamin D3 is made in the skin when 7-dehydrocholesterol reacts with ultraviolet light at 270-300 nm wavelengths. Peak vitamin D3 production occurs between the upper limit of the wavelength threshold. It is only when the UV index is greater than 3 that these UVB wavelengths are present.

    The likelihood of achieving a UV index of 3 or greater becomes less probable the further you move away from the tropics. A UV index of more than 3 occurs almost every day in the tropics. However, in temperate areas a UV index of 3 is typically only achieved during summer and parts of spring and autumn. A UV index above 3 rarely occurs in the arctic circles.

    Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common in northern latitudes and is considered an epidemic in the United States, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A diet deficient in vitamin D in conjunction with inadequate sun exposure can cause issues with the skeletal system such as thin, soft, deformed, or brittle bones. Vitamin D also prevents skeletal diseases such as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.

    The Institute of Medicine's current recommended intake of vitamin D is 5 micrograms (200 IU) up to age 50, 10 micrograms (400 IU) between the ages of 51 and 70, and 15 micrograms (600 IU) after age 70. Optimal intakes are much higher, though, with at least 25 to 50 micrograms (1,000 to 2,000 IU) recommended for those over age 2.

    Research Indicates:

    • Important nutrient for bone health
    • Deficiency has been linked with increased hip fractures
    • May support healthy joint function
    • Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets
    • May be important for healthy immune function
    • May support overall skin health
    • Some evidence indicates that steroids may impair Vitamin D metabolism


    Bone and Joint Support

    Immune Support

    Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol)

    Suggested Use: Take 1 unit daily with a meal. Do not exceed two softgels per day unless directed by a physician.


    Keep in a cool, dry place.

    Allergy Warnings:

    This product is contraindicated for individuals with hypersensitivity to any of its ingredients.


    • Everyone has unique body chemistry. All patients should be aware of potential drug and supplement interaction. You are encouraged to consult with your primary health care professional before taking any supplement product.

    • Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient and can accumulate at toxic levels in fatty tissue, avoid excessive vitamin D intake.

    • Occasional side effects reported with large doses of vitamin D include a disorder known as hypercalcemia, which causes calcium deposits in soft tissues. Signs of the disorder include headache, weakness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, kidney problems and constipation. Consult a health care practitioner if you experience any of these symptoms after taking vitamin D.

    Pregnancy Warning:

    If you are pregnant, nursing, have any health condition, or are taking any medications please consult with your health care practitioner before using this product.

    Keep out of reach of children.


    • The following scientific literature references, articles, and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    • This product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.
    • Information about this product is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
    1. Giovannucci E, Liu Y, Rimm EB, et al. Prospective study of predictors of vitamin D status and cancer incidence and mortality in men. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2006;98:451-459.

    2. Law M, Withers H, Morris J, et al. Vitamin D supplementation and the prevention of fractures and falls: results of a randomised trial in elderly people in residential accommodation. Age Ageing. 2006 Apr 26. [Epub ahead of print]

    3. Bunout D, Barrera G, Leiva L, et al. Effects of vitamin D supplementation and exercise training on physical performance in Chilean vitamin D deficient elderly subjects.Exp Gerontol. 2006 Jun 21 [Epub ahead of print]

    4. Hypponen E, Power C. Vitamin D Status and Glucose Homeostasis in the 1958 British Birth Cohort: The role of obesity. Diabetes Care. 2006;29:2244-2246.

    5. Sato Y, Iwamoto J, Kanoko T, et al. Low-Dose Vitamin D Prevents Muscular Atrophy and Reduces Falls and Hip Fractures in Women after Stroke: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2005 Jul 27. [Epub ahead of print].

    6. Bischoff-Ferrari HA, Dawson-Hughes B, Willett WC, et al. Effect of vitamin D on falls: a meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;291:1999-2006.

    7. Kenny AM, Biskup B, Robbins B, et al. Effects of vitamin D supplementation on strength, physical function, and health perception in older, community-dwelling men. JAm Geriatr Soc. 2003;51:1762-1767.

    8. Hypponen E, Laara E, Reunanen A, et al. Intake of vitamin D and risk of type I diabetes: a birth-cohort study. Lancet. 2001;358:1500-1503.

    9. Mezquita-Raya P, Munoz-Torres M, De Dios Luna J, et al. Relation between vitamin D insufficiency, bone density, and bone metabolism in healthy postmenopausal women. J Bone Miner Res. 2001;16:1408-1415.

    10. Sato Y, Asoh T, Kondo I, et al. Vitamin D deficiency and risk of hip fractures among disabled elderly stroke patients. Stroke. 2001;32:1673-1677.

    11. Homik J, Suarez-Almazor ME, Shea B, et al. Calcium and vitamin D for corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2000;2:CD000952.

    12. Glerup H, Mikkelsen K, Poulsen L, et al. Commonly recommended daily intake of vitamin D is not sufficient if sunlight exposure is limited. J Intern Med. 2000;247:260-268.


    Frequently Asked Questions - Letter Vitamins - D

    • What are vitamins?

      Vitamins are naturally occurring compounds present in foods. The human body cannot create vitamins and therefore has to acquire them via the diet or supplements. Vitamins are essential for all body functions including: obtaining energy from food, supporting growth, repairing tissues, maintenance of health, and general wellness.


    • Why are vitamins important?

      Our bodies utilize vitamins on a daily basis. These vitamins are critical for biochemical processes that maintain life. Vitamins play important roles in obtaining energy from our food, supporting growth, healing, and repair. A continuous deficiency in vitamins will lead to a serious deterioration in health, weakness, susceptibility to disease, and may lead to death.

    • How many vitamins are there?

      Thirteen vitamins have been identified: A, B (8 variations) C, D, E, and K. B complex vitamins are as follows: Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin B7 (Biotin), Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid), and Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin).



    • What is the difference between water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins?

      Vitamins are divided into two groups: water-soluble and fat-soluble.

      As the name implies, water-soluble vitamins such as most B and C vitamins dissolve in water. They are easily taken up and released by body tissues. Daily replenishment of these water soluble nutrients is important because the body cannot store them.

      Fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E and K dissolve in fat. These vitamins are absorbed along with fat. Excess fat-soluble vitamins may be stored in the body fat and liver therefore several weeks' supply may be consumed in a single dose or meal.

    • What is vitamin D and what does it do?

      Vitamin D is a nutrient found in some foods and supplements that is needed for health and to maintain strong bones. It does so by helping the body absorb calcium (one of bone's main building blocks) from food and supplements. People who get too little vitamin D may develop soft, thin, and brittle bones, a condition known as rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.


      Vitamin D is important to the body in many other ways as well. Muscles need it to move, for example, nerves need it to carry messages between the brain and every body part, and the immune system needs vitamin D to fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis. Vitamin D is found in cells throughout the body.


      Source: National Institute of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements

    • What are the sources of your vitamin D products?

      EverLife products contain vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), an animal source (such as fish or lanolin, which comes from the sheared wool of sheep).All of our vitamin A&D products use fish liver oil, except for Vitamin D3 1,000 IU and Vitamin D3 5,000 IU (#107) which uses lanolin. All other products (such as multi’s, for example) use D3 from lanolin.


    • Are your vitamin D softgels emulsified?

      No, our softgels are not emulsified.

    • What is the difference between an emulsion and suspension?

      An emulsion is a homogenous dispersion of two liquid phases that do not ordinarily mix. An example is oil and vinegar shaken together to make a salad dressing. The stability of an emulsion can vary widely and can be influenced by the presence of an emulsifier. An emulsifier helps the product to stay in homogenous mix. Eventually, however, separation of the two liquids can occur.


      A suspension is similar to an emulsion in that two phases are brought together; in this case, a liquid and a solid. But unlike an emulsion, a suspension does not completely blend together in a homogenous mix. Instead a part of the mixture is “suspended” in the other. It is easy to visualize this as a solid particle surrounded by a mucilaginous gel. Eventually, like an emulsion, gravity will separate the two phases. Our 100% natural beta-carotene is a suspension product. The beta-carotene is placed on a carrier or “diluent.” The carrier for our product is soybean oil


    • Where does the fish liver oil in Vitamin D3 400 IU come from?

      It is from wild-caught cod species (gadus) from Norway and is molecularly distilled

    • Why is there not vitamin A in the Vitamin D3 400 IU if it comes from fish liver oil?

      The vitamin A is removed during the manufacturing process so just the vitamin D in the Vitamin D3 400 IU remains.

    • Does Vitamin D3 1,000 IU or Vitamin D3 2,000 IU contain iodine?

      Vitamin D3 1,000 IU or Vitamin D3 2,000 IU is formulated with materials that do not contain iodine.


    • What foods provide vitamin D?

      Very few foods are naturally high in vitamin D-mostly fish, fish liver oils, eggs from hens fed with enriched diets, and fortified dairy or food products

    • Why do you use fish liver oil for Vitamin D3 400 IU and lanolin for the Vitamin D3 1,000 IU or Vitamin D3 2,000 IU doses?

      We chose lanolin for the 1,000 IU and 2,000 IU products & as some people may prefer a non-fish source of vitamin D, even if they aren’t vegetarian (it is still in bovine gelatin softgels, so it can’t be vegetarian).

    • Are there pesticides in sheep wool used to extract vitamin D?

      Our supplier cannot confirm whether or not any pesticides may be found in the sheep’s wool. However, during the processing of the lanolin for extraction of vitamin D3, any contaminants in the wool oil would have been removed. The lanolin is solvent-extracted and purified by distillation. Our vitamin D3 meets all testing requirements of the USP, FCC, and European Pharmacopeia. It meets USP standards for consumption as a safe dietary supplement. Testing for contaminants, such as pesticides, is part of the USP requirements and our product has passed those tests.

    • Do the sheep used for the lanolin source graze on pesticide free grass and/or feed?

      Our supplier does not retain information on whether or not they consume pesticide-free grass or feed, however the finished product is in compliance and meets EU Law/guidelines for pesticides limits and detection.


    • Are the sheep live or slaughtered?

      The supplier does not retain information if they are live or slaughtered; however, it is difficult to imagine the need to slaughter the animals since the wool is just sheared from the sheep (why would they get rid their source?).

    • Where are the sheep from? What grade of lanolin do you use? Are the sheep antibiotic and hormone free? What about BSE-free? Are chemicals or irradiation used? What process is used to extract or make the D3?

      The sheep are from the U.S.A. The finished products are in compliance and meet EU Law/guidelines for pesticides, residual solvents, ionization, additives and purity. This is proprietary for the company, but essentially it is a chemical synthesis/extraction process from the lanolin. The manufacturing process for vitamin D3 is rigorous so that any contaminants in the wool would have been removed long before the finished product.

    • Is the rice bran oil contained in the vitamin D3 softgels hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated?

      The rice bran oil in our D3 is not hydrogenated at all.

    • Why is vitamin D2 not as popular as D3?

      D3 has been found to be the more bioavailable form in the body, and it is the form most used in research studies showing benefit to human health. From the National Institutes of Health (NIH): “Vitamin D3 could be more than three times as effective as vitamin D2 in raising serum 25(OH)D concentrations and maintaining those levels for a longer time, and its metabolites have superior affinity for vitamin D-binding proteins in plasma.” There is growing evidence that D2 can raise serum levels in lock step with D3, however more research is needed.D2 does exist in mushrooms and can be good source for Vegans.

    • Can I get vitamin D from the sun?

      The body makes vitamin D when skin is directly exposed to the sun, and most people meet at least some of their vitamin D needs this way. Skin exposed to sunshine indoors through a window will not produce vitamin D. Cloudy days, shade, and having dark-colored skin also cut down on the amount of vitamin D the skin makes.


      However, despite the importance of the sun to vitamin D synthesis, it is prudent to limit exposure of skin to sunlight in order to lower the risk for skin cancer. When out in the sun for more than a few minutes, wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 8 or more. Tanning beds also cause the skin to make vitamin D, but pose similar risks for skin cancer.

      People who avoid the sun or who cover their bodies with sunscreen or clothing should include good sources of vitamin D in their diets or take a supplement. Recommended intakes of vitamin D are set on the assumption of little sun exposure.


      Source: National Institute of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements


    • Can overexposure to the sun cause vitamin D toxicity?

      No, there is no risk of vitamin D toxicity from prolonged sun exposure. Production of vitamin D in the skin from sunlight is a regulated system in the body. The skin protects itself against overexposure through tanning.


    • How do I know if I need to supplement with vitamin D?

      Your doctor or health care provider can order a blood test to check your vitamin D levels. 

      You may be at risk if you:

      - Receive less than 15-30 minutes of full body exposure between 10 am and 3 pm.
      - Spend most of your time indoors.
      - Breastfed infants, since human milk is a poor source of the nutrient. Breastfed infants should be given a supplement of 400 IU of vitamin D each day.
      - Older adults, since their skin doesn't make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight as efficiently as when they were young, and their kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D to its active form.
      - People with dark skin, because their skin has less ability to produce vitamin D from the sun.
      - People with disorders such as Crohn's disease or celiac disease who don't handle fat properly, because vitamin D needs fat to be absorbed.
      - Obese people, because their body fat binds to some vitamin D and prevents it from getting into the blood

      Source: National Institute of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements

    • What kinds of vitamin D dietary supplements are available?

      Vitamin D is found in supplements (and fortified foods) in two different forms: D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). Both increase vitamin D in the blood.


      Source: National Institute of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements

    • Are there any interactions with vitamin D that I should know about?

      Like most dietary supplements, vitamin D may interact or interfere with other medicines or supplements you might be taking. Here are several examples:

      - Prednisone and other corticosteroid medicines to reduce inflammation impair how the body handles vitamin D, which leads to lower calcium absorption and loss of bone over time.
      - Both the weight-loss drug orlistat (brand names Xenical® and Alli®) and the cholesterol-lowering drug cholestyramine (brand names Questran®, LoCholest®, and Prevalite®) can reduce the absorption of vitamin D and other fat-soluble vitamins (A, E, and K).
      - Both phenobarbital and phenytoin (brand name Dilantin®), used to prevent and control epileptic seizures, increase the breakdown of vitamin D and reduce calcium absorption.

      Tell your doctor, pharmacist, and other health care providers about any dietary supplements and medicines you take. They can tell you if those dietary supplements might interact or interfere with your prescription or over-the-counter medicines, or if the medicines might interfere with how your body absorbs, uses, or breaks down nutrients.


      Source: National Institute of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements

    • How does vitamin D work to support my immune health?

      Vitamin D is found in cells throughout the body. Your immune system needs vitamin D to fight off invading bacteria and viruses. The immune system does not function as well when vitamin D levels are low. Moreover, most immune cells have receptor sites for vitamin D indicating a strong association.

    • How does vitamin D work to support my bone health?

      Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium. That is why most calcium supplements contain vitamin D.  Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis.

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