D-3 Gummies 2,000 IU
(1,000 IU per Gummy)
Gummies – 45 Day Supply
LifeSource Vitamins Vitamin D-3 Gummies are perfect for
those adults who want a different and fun way to take their vitamins. If you
don’t like swallowing pills, these are for you. They taste great and are a
great way to ensure you are getting an adequate intake of this key nutrient
your body needs.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble
vitamin that is essential for maintaining normal calcium metabolism. Vitamin D3
(cholecalciferol) can be synthesized by humans in the skin upon exposure to
Ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation from sunlight, or it can be obtained from the
diet. Plants synthesize vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), which also has vitamin D
activity in humans. When exposure to UVB radiation is insufficient for the
synthesis of adequate amounts of vitamin D3 in the skin, adequate intake of
vitamin D from the diet is essential for health.*
LifeSource Vitamins Vitamin D-3 Gummies supply this key vitamin in a
highly-absorbable gummy form. Vitamin D is normally obtained from the
diet or produced by the skin from the ultraviolet energy of the sun. However,
it is not abundant in food. As more and more people avoid sun exposure, as they
should, Vitamin D supplementation becomes even more necessary to ensure that
your body receives an adequate supply. This product can be used in combination
with our Vitamin A and all Calcium supplements.*
FACT: Vitamin D3 influences over 3,000 genes in
Here are a few:
Low back pain*
Melanoma, Mental illness and mood
Muscle weakness and pain*
Bones weak (easy to fracture)*
Osteomalacia (softening of bones)*
Colds and ‘flu*
Chronic fatigue & Pain*
Chronic obstructive pulmonary
Peripheral artery disease*
Pelvic floor disorders*
Dental cavities and misaligned
Diabetes (types 1 and 2)*
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)*
Vitamin D is used for - WebMD States
- treating weak bones – osteoporosis*
- bone pain – osteomalacia*
- bone loss in people with a condition
- inherited disease (osteogenesis
imperfecta) in which the bones are especially brittle and easily broken*
- It is also used for preventing falls
and fractures in people at risk for osteoporosis, and preventing low calcium
and bone loss (renal osteodystrophy) in people with kidney failure*
Vitamin D is also used for conditions of: WebMD States
- Heart and blood vessels*
- High blood pressure*
- High cholesterol*
- Muscle weakness*
- Multiple sclerosis*
- Rheumatoid arthritis*
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)*
- Tooth and gum disease*
WebMD States: Some
people use vitamin D for skin conditions including vitiligo, scleroderma,
psoriasis, actinic keratosis, and lupus vulgaris.
It is also used for boosting the immune system and preventing
Because vitamin D is involved in regulating the levels of
minerals such as phosphorous and calcium, it is used for conditions caused by
low levels of phosphorous (familial hypophosphatemia and Fanconi syndrome) and
low levels of calcium (hypoparathyroidism and pseudohypoparathyroidism).*
How does it work?
Vitamin D is required for the regulation of the minerals
calcium and phosphorus found in the body. It also plays an important role in
maintaining proper bone structure.*
Sun exposure is an easy, reliable way for most people to get
vitamin D. Exposure of the hands, face, arms, and legs to sunlight two to three
times a week for about one-fourth of the time it would take to develop a mild
sunburn will cause the skin to produce enough vitamin D. The necessary exposure
time varies with age, skin type, season, time of day, etc.*
It’s amazing how quickly adequate levels of vitamin D can be
restored by sunlight. Just 6 days of casual sunlight exposure without sunscreen
can make up for 49 days of no sunlight exposure. Body fat acts like a kind of
storage battery for vitamin D. During periods of sunlight, vitamin D is stored
in fatty fat and then released when sunlight is gone.*
Nevertheless, vitamin D deficiency is more common than you
might expect. People who don’t get enough sun, especially people living in
Canada and the northern half of the US, are especially at risk. Vitamin D
deficiency also occurs even in sunny climates, possibly because people are
staying indoors more, covering up when outside, or using sunscreens
consistently these days to reduce skin cancer risk.*
Older people are also at risk for vitamin D deficiency. They
are less likely to spend time in the sun, have fewer “receptors” in their skin
that convert sunlight to vitamin D, may not get vitamin D in their diet, may
have trouble absorbing vitamin D even if they do get it in their diet, and may
have more trouble converting dietary vitamin D to a useful form due to aging
kidneys. In fact, the risk for vitamin D deficiency in people over 65 years of
age is very high. Surprisingly, as many as 40% of older people even in sunny
climates such as South Florida don’t have enough vitamin D in their systems.*
Vitamin D supplements may be necessary for older people,
people living in northern latitudes, and for dark-skinned people who need extra
time in the sun, but don’t get it.
What symptoms can indicate a need for more vitamin D?
- Bone pain and/or soft bones
- Frequent bone fractures
- Bone deformities or growth
retardation in children
- Lack of exposure to sunlight for any
reason, including geography, use of sunscreen, or wearing of protective
D3 deficiency is common in older adults and has been implicated in psychiatric
and neurologic disorders. For example, in one study of 80 older adults (40 with
mild Alzheimer’s disease and 40 nondemented persons), Vitamin D3 deficiency was
associated with low mood and with impairment on two of four measures of
Wilkins CH, Sheline YI, Roe CM, Birge SJ, Morris JC. Vitamin
D deficiency is associated with low mood and worse cognitive performance in
older adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2006 Dec;14(12):1032-40.
Has been linked to Vitamin D3 deficiency in a number of studies. One of the
newest studies explored the role that low Vitamin D3 levels play in the
development of chronic low back pain in women. Sixty female patients in Egypt
complaining of low back pain lasting more than three months were studied.
Researchers measured levels of Vitamin D3 in the women with low back pain and
compared those levels to those of 20 matched healthy controls.
The study revealed that patients with low back pain had
significantly lower Vitamin D3 levels than controls. Low Vitamin D3 levels (25
OHD < 40 ng/ml) were found in 49/60 patients (81 percent) and 12/20 (60
percent) of controls.
Pérez-López FR. Vitamin D and its implications for
musculoskeletal health in women: An update. Maturitas. 2007 Jun 28; [Epub ahead
Cognitive Enhancement: One
of the best known and long-established benefits of Vitamin D3 is its ability to
improve bone health and the health of the musculoskeletal system. It is well
documented that Vitamin D3 deficiency causes osteopenia, precipitates and
exacerbates osteoporosis, causes a painful bone disease known as osteomalacia,
and exacerbates muscle weakness, which increases the risk of falls and
fractures. Vitamin D3 insufficiency may alter the regulatory mechanisms of
parathyroid hormone (PTH) and cause a secondary hyperparathyroidism that
increases the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
Przybelski RJ, Binkley NC. Is Vitamin D important for
preserving cognition? A positive correlation of serum 25-hydroxyVitamin D
concentration with cognitive function. Arch Biochem Biophys. 2007 Apr
Most recently, low Vitamin D3 levels have been linked to an
increased prevalence of early age-related macular degeneration.
Parekh N, Chappell RJ, Millen AE, Albert DM, Mares JA.
Association Between Vitamin D and Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the Third
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988 Through 1994. Arch
Ophthalmol. May 2007;125: 661-669.
Why is D3 preferred?
There are two main options to supplement with Vitamin D. D2 (ergocalciferol) is
produced from irradiated fungi in a laboratory. D-3 (cholecalciferol) is the
form typically extracted from fish oil or food sources. Due to the
manufacturing process, it seems that D2 has been associated with more potential
side effects, and has greater risks for toxic contamination. D-3 matches what
is produced by human skin, and is much more efficiently converted by the liver
to support circulating active levels of 25-HydroxyVitamin D. Potency and
quality are key in D-3 supplement choice, and only pharmaceutical grade
products are held to consistent content and quality standards. While some
studies and pharmaceutical companies use D2 supplements, we believe there is
strong evidence to use D-3.
Risk Factors for Vitamin D Deficiency
Exclusively breast fed infants: Infants
who are exclusively breast fed and do not receive vitamin D supplementation are
at high risk of vitamin D deficiency, particularly if they have dark skin
and/or receive little sun exposure. Human milk generally provides 25 IU of
vitamin D per liter, which is not enough for an infant if it is the sole source
of vitamin D. Older infants and toddlers exclusively fed milk substitutes and
weaning foods that are not vitamin D fortified are also at risk of vitamin D
deficiency. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants that
are not consuming at least 500 ml (16 ounces) of vitamin D fortified formula or
milk be given a vitamin D supplement of 200 IU/day.
Dark skin: People with dark skin
synthesize less vitamin D on exposure to sunlight than those with light skin.
The risk of vitamin D deficiency is particularly high in dark-skinned people
who live far from the equator. In the U.S., 42% of African American women
between 15 and 49 years of age were vitamin D deficient compared to 4% of White
Aging: The elderly has a reduced
capacity to synthesize vitamin D in the skin when exposed to UVB radiation, and
are more likely to stay indoors or use sunscreen. Institutionalized adults are
at extremely high risk of vitamin D deficiency without supplementation.
Covering all exposed skin or using
sunscreen whenever outside: Osteomalacia has been documented in women who cover
all of their skin whenever they are outside for religious or cultural reasons.
The application of sunscreen with an SPF factor of 8 reduces production of
vitamin D by 95% (1).
Fat malabsorption syndromes: Cystic
fibrosis and cholestatic liver disease impair the absorption of dietary vitamin
Inflammatory bowel disease: People
with inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s disease appear to be at increased
risk of vitamin D deficiency, especially those who have had small bowel
Obesity: Obesity increases the risk
of vitamin D deficiency. Once vitamin D is synthesized in the skin or ingested,
it is deposited in body fat stores, making it less bioavailable to people with
large stores of body fat.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D as
determined by the Food and Nutrition Board is presently under scrutiny by
researchers and scientists who believe that the current suggested RDA for
vitamin D of 200-600 IU (International Units) is far too low and should be
raised to at least 1,000 I.U. Many researchers believe that in order to achieve
maximum benefit from vitamin D, doses may need to be between 3,000-5,000 I.U
per day until blood levels are maintained at ideal, with regular monthly blood
testing for safety during that process.
Please see your doctor if using higher dosage supplementation
for repeated vitamin D and calcium blood tests. Rarely, an individual may
ingest too much vitamin D which puts them at risk for a reaction from vitamin D
hypersensitivity. Symptoms of hypersensitivity or toxicity may include serious
stomach upset accompanied by vomiting and excessive thirst. If you suspect
vitamin D toxicity when using supplements, you should contact your doctor
immediately. New studies seem to indicate that vitamin D toxicity is highly
unlikely for most healthy individuals using even up to 6000 IU’s of D-3 daily,
unless suffering from an underlying kidney or metabolic condition which affects
serum calcium levels.
By Salynn Boyles
WebMD Medical News
Dec. 19, 2006 -- There is new evidence supporting the idea that
vitamin D helps prevent multiple sclerosis, but it is too soon to recommend
taking the vitamin to lower your risk, researchers say.
In the first large-scale study to examine the issue, researchers from the
Harvard School of Public Health reported a strong association between vitamin D
levels within the body and MS risk among whites, but not among blacks and
The study is published in the Dec. 20 issue of The Journal of the American
Senior researcher Alberto Ascherio, MD, DrPH, tells WebMD that roughly half of
white Americans and two-thirds of black Americans could be considered to have
insufficient levels of vitamin D. Because exposure to sunlight is a major
source of the vitamin for most people, vitamin D levels are usually lowest in
"Our findings suggest that vitamin D may have a direct impact on multiple
sclerosis risk," Ascherio says. "If we confirm that the vitamin is
protective, we could potentially prevent thousands of cases of MS a year in the
United States alone."
Some 350,000 new cases of multiple sclerosis are diagnosed in the U.S.
annually, and the chronic autoimmune disease is more common among women than
In earlier studies, Ascherio and Harvard colleagues reported that women who
took multivitamins with at least 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D
appeared to have a lower risk of MS than women who did not.
Their newest study involved a study population of more than 7 million members
of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy with blood samples stored in a Department of
Between 1992 and 2004, 257 people were diagnosed with MS. Each case was
compared to two people without MS matched for age, race, sex, and dates of
By RYAN A. STANTON, M.D., ABC News Medical Unit
Sept. 14, 2006 — There's not a lot of good news in the fight
against pancreatic cancer, the fourth most common cause of cancer deaths in the
The disease, often aggressive and fatal, is difficult to treat with standard
Scientists from Northwestern and Harvard University, however, have found a
possible important link between vitamin D and pancreatic cancer.
In two studies, researchers tracked more than 120,000 men and women from 1986
They compared how much vitamin D the men and women ate to
the number of cases of pancreatic cancer.
There were 365 cases of pancreatic cancer over the 16-year span. Researchers
found that patients who had consumed high levels of vitamin D were 41 percent
less likely to develop pancreatic cancer when compared with people with low
vitamin D diets.
From these findings, the researchers conclude that vitamin D may have some role
in the prevention of pancreatic cancer, possibly as a type of tumor-fighting
vitamin that keeps cancers from growing and multiplying.
Thankfully, vitamin D is not hard to find.
It is found in many foods, and skin naturally makes vitamin D when exposed to
sunlight. It also may fight off more cancers than just this one.
“I’ve been converted from a skeptic about a role of vitamin D in preventing cancer to a believer that there’s something there,” said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society.
Lichtenfeld said there should be more study of the link between the vitamin and
cancer, but the research is at an early stage.
Researchers Call for Higher Doses
In an editorial in the March 2007 edition of the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a prominent group of researchers from leading
institutions such as the University of Toronto, Brigham and Women’s Hospital,
Tufts University and University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, lashed out at
the conventional media for its inaccurate reporting of Vitamin D
The researchers wrote, “Almost every time the public media
report that Vitamin D nutrition status is too low, or that higher Vitamin D
intakes may improve measures of health, the advice that accompanies the report
is outdated and thus misleading. Media reports to the public are typically
accompanied by a paragraph that approximates the following: ‘Current
recommendations from the Institute of Medicine call for 200 IU/day from birth
through age 50 years, 400 IU for those aged 51–70 years, and 600 IU for those
aged >70 years. Some experts say that optimal amounts are closer to 1,000 IU
daily. Until more is known, it is wise not to overdo it.’ The only conclusion
that the public can draw from this is to do nothing different from what they
have done in the past.”
The researchers point out that supplemental intake of 400 IU
per day barely raises blood concentrations of 25(OH)D, which is the circulating
Vitamin D metabolite that serves as the most frequently measured indicator of
Vitamin D status. To raise 25(OH)D from 50 to 80 nmol/L requires an additional
intake of 1,700 IU Vitamin D per day.
The researchers went on to write that, “The balance of the
evidence leads to the conclusion that the public health is best served by a
recommendation of higher daily intakes of Vitamin D. Relatively simple and
low-cost changes, such as increased food fortification or increasing the amount
of Vitamin D in Vitamin supplement products, may very well bring about rapid
and important reductions in the morbidity associated with low Vitamin D
One of the challenges is the outdated acceptable upper limit
for Vitamin D3 consumption, which was set at 2,000 IU. However, researchers
point out that more recent studies have shown that 10,000 IU is the safe upper
Dr. R. Vieth, one of the foremost authorities on Vitamin D3
supplementation, has extensively studied Vitamin D, and lamented the low
requirements for Vitamin D3 in a recent issue of the Journal of Nutrition:
“Inappropriately low UL [upper limit] values, or guidance values, for Vitamin D
have hindered objective clinical research on Vitamin D nutrition; they have
hindered our understanding of its role in disease prevention, and restricted
the amount of Vitamin D in multivitamins and foods to doses (that are) too low
to benefit public health.”
When examining the medical literature, it becomes clear that
Vitamin D3 affects human health in an astonishing number of ways and that not
obtaining enough of this important nutrient can leave the door open to
developing a number of health conditions.
Vitamin D & Weight Loss Information
Vitamin D, or the sunshine vitamin, was recently featured in
over 3,000 independent clinical studies conducted all over the world in last
year alone. After the medical results were tallied and evaluated, Vitamin D is
now the superstar in the weight loss supplement industry.
Vitamin D, a natural hormone produced by the body when
exposed to sunlight or acquired through diet and supplementation, was shown to
play a critical role in increasing the metabolic energy of fat cells faster
weight loss benefits.
While still early in its literature, the new scientific
research on Vitamin D revealed its natural ability to make fat cells become
more metabolically active for quicker weight loss and better toxic waste
In light of the new clinical data being presented on Vitamin
D for weight loss, it has already been known to help support a healthy bone
structure and aid in several health challenges like:
- targets belly fat
- turns body into
fat burning mode instead of fat storing mode*
- high blood
- helps form
stronger bones to fight osteoporosis*
- helps protect
against different cancers*
- boosts natural
inflammation & joint stiffness*
- Helps the I’m
full to brain’ leptin hormone*
LifeSource Vitamins-Vitamin D3 Gummies are essential for the
efficient utilization of calcium by the body, enhancing your immunity and inhibiting the development of autoimmunity, maintaining strong bones, dental health and
ultraviolet energy of the sun.*
Our Vitamin D-3 mixed fruit gummies (Peach, Mango and Strawberry) have no artificial flavors or colors; we do this from the fruit we use. Not Synthetic Dyes!
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