FAQs

Our Frequently Asked Questions should provide you with the answers to all of your SunVit-D3 questions

What is in SunVit-D3?

SunVit-D3 products are Vitamin D3 supplements in a variety of forms including tablets, capsules and liquid doses. All our products are suitable for Vegetarians and Halal certified.

Each SunVit-D3 film-coated tablet contains pure vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol). It also contains Lactose Monohydrate EP (Milk), Microcrystalline Cellulose EP, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica EP, Croscarmellose Sodium EP, Stearic Acid EP, Magnesium Stearate EP, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose EP, Titanium Dioxide EP and Purified Talc EP.

Each SunVit-D3 capsule contains pure vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol). It also contains Microcrystalline Cellulose, Acacia gum, Sucrose, Starch, Medium chain Triglycerides, Antioxidant: Vitamin E, Anti-caking agent: Magnesium Stearate. The outer Capsule Shell (Plain White) contains HPMC and Titanium dioxide

SunVit-D3 Oral Solution and Oral Drops both contain pure vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol Oil), Sunflower Seed Oil, Orange Oil and D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate Oil.

What is IU?

SunVit-D3 contains different strengths of vitamin D3 and the ‘IU’ stands for International Units. International Units are used to measure the biological activity of vitamins and are based around the same measure as micrograms but are not equivalent

What is µg?

SunVit-D3 contains different strengths of vitamin D3 and the ‘µg’ or ‘mcg’ stands for micrograms. Micrograms are used to measure the biological activity of vitamins and are based around the same measure as International Units (IU) but are not equivalent. 1 IU is the biological equivalent of 0.025 µg cholecalciferol.

How many tablets are in a pack?

All of our packs come in 28 film coated tablets, except the 50,000IU high strength SunVit-D3 supplements which come in packs of 15 film coated tablets and 10 capsules respectively. Please see the Vitamin D3 product page for more information.

What dosage should I take?

The recommended daily maintenance dosage is 400IU-2,000IU as outlined in the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance. The guidance is largely aimed at CCGs and Health organisations but it may be of interest to people at risk of vitamin D deficiency, their families and carers and other members of the public. The guidelines also recognise that Halal supplements must be made readily available to at risk patients. The SACN (Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition) has recently issued consumption guidelines on Vitamin D within their health report published on 21 July 2016 to protect bone and muscle health.

What is the current Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) of vitamin D3?

The current Nutrient Reference Value of vitamin D3 is 200 IU (5µg).

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Who is at risk of not getting enough vitamin D?

The current advice is that most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need by getting enough sun and eating a healthy balanced diet. However, the Department of Health recommends that supplementation may be helpful for the following groups of people:

  • all pregnant and breastfeeding women – vitamin D stores get used up during pregnancy, so women who have several pregnancies close together are at higher risk
  • infants and young children aged under five years old – babies of mothers who are deficient, particularly breastfed babies from 1 to 6 months
  • all people aged 65 or over – housebound people in nursing and residential homes are particularly at risk
  • people who have low or no exposure to the sun – overuse of sunscreen, particularly high factor SPFs.  People who cover their skin for cultural reasons.  Sports people who spend all day training indoors.
  • people who have darker skin – people of South Asian, African and Afro-Caribbean orgin as their bodies are not able to make as much vitamin D

Can tablets be crushed and taken?

Unfortunately, our tablets are Film-coated and not recommended for crushing. If you are experiencing difficulty in swallowing the tablets then we would advise you to purchase our liquid maintenance products in the form of the Oral Solution 2,000 IU or the Oral Drops 2,000 IU.

Who needs vitamin D supplements?

The Department of Health recommends:

  • All pregnant and breastfeeding women should take a daily supplement containing 10 µg of vitamin D. This is to ensure the mother’s requirement for vitamin D are met and to build adequate fetal stores for early infancy.
  • All babies and young children aged 6 months to 5 years should take a daily supplement containing vitamin D in the form of vitamin drops, to help them to meet the requirement set for this age group (7-8.5 µg of vitamin D per day). However, those babies who are fed infant formula milk will not need vitamin drops until they are receiving less than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula a day, as these products are fortified with vitamin D. Breastfed infants may need to receive drops containing vitamin D from one month of age if their mother has not taken vitamin D supplements throughout pregnancy.
  • People aged 65 years and over and people who are not exposed to much sun should take a daily supplement containing 10 µg of vitamin D.

Is SunVit-D3 suitable for vegetarians?

The vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) used in SunVit-D3 is derived from lanolin which is found in sheep’s wool. Many vegetarians consider this to be an acceptable source of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). SunVit-D3 is free from gelatin, yeast, wheat, soy and gluten. SunVit-D3 is approved by The Vegetarian Society.

Does this product contain peanut oil or other nut products?

SunVit-D3 does NOT contain peanut oil or any nut products.

Should anyone not take vitamin D3 supplements?

SunVit-D3 may be given to children under 11 years providing you seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist. Pregnant or nursing women should consult their doctor before use.

I am lactose intolerant, can I take SunVit-D3?

We would advise customers with lactose intolerance to take our capsules or liquid preparations which do not contain Lactose (Milk).

In the pharmaceutical industry, lactose is used to help form tablets because it has excellent compressibility properties. Most medications do not contain enough lactose to cause lactose intolerance. But some patients with severe lactose intolerance may experience symptoms. Patients who are specifically “allergic” to milk (not just lactose intolerant) should not use tablets containing lactose.

Are there any side effects?

Vitamin D is the most likely of all vitamins to cause toxicity. Whilst toxicity is unlikely to arise after an acute overdose, excessive chronic vitamin D intake may lead to hypercalcaemia and hypercalciuria and their associated effects. Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium and the resorption of bone resulting in the deposition of calcium in soft tissues, diffuse demineralisation of bones and irreversible renal and cardiovascular toxicity. Moderate levels of vitamin D intake may enhance renal stone formation in predisposed individuals.

Are there any foods I shouldn't eat or supplements I shouldn't take while taking SunVit-D3?

You can continue to eat vitamin D3 rich foods such as oily fish and take other vitamin and mineral supplements in conjunction with SunVit-D3.

Can I overdose on SunVit-D3?

Excessive sun exposure does not result in vitamin D toxicity due to auto-regulation mechanisms that limit the amount produced in the skin. Intakes of vitamin D in food that are high enough to cause toxicity are very unlikely. Toxicity is much more likely to occur from high intakes of dietary supplements containing vitamin D.

Vitamin D is the most likely of all vitamins to cause toxicity. Whilst toxicity is unlikely to arise after an acute overdose, excessive chronic vitamin D intake may lead to hypercalcaemia and hypercalciuria and their associated effects. Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium and the resorption of bone resulting in the deposition of calcium in soft tissues, diffuse demineralisation of bones and irreversible renal and cardiovascular toxicity. Moderate levels of vitamin D intake may enhance renal stone formation in predisposed individuals.

Why are there so many strengths of SunVit-D3?

We have launched the high strengths of SunVit-D3 in response to requests from Consultants, GPs and Healthcare professionals in the UK for a high quality vitamin D3 product manufactured under GMP in the UK.

All our production batches are tested and come with a Certification of Analysis.

How can I buy SunVit-D3?

You can buy SunVit-D3 from this website, please view our Vitamin D3 products page to place your order.

I've received a damaged item. What do I do?

We take great care to ensure your items reach you in good condition. However, if you are unfortunate enough to receive a damaged item, just return it to us at below address and we will happily refund or replace it.

Returns address:

32 Bower Hill Industrial Estate, Epping, Essex CM16 7BN

How much do you charge for delivery?

Tablets: £2.99

Capsules: FREE Delivery

Liquid products: £3.99

Free UK delivery on all supplements when you spend minimum £20 (exclusive of VAT).

European delivery: £7.50

International delivery: £17.00

What courier(s) do you use?

We use Royal Mail first class for our UK deliveries. Orders are usually delivered within 3 working days through Royal Mail.

International deliveries are made by Royal Mail or DPD.

Unfortunately, we don’t offer the option of a particular courier for your order.