With so many vitamins and supplements on the market today, it’s not always straightforward knowing when and how to take Vitamin D to ensure you get all the benefits.
At SunVit-D3, we’ve been producing Vitamin D3 supplements since 2009 and are now a major international supplier of Vitamin D3.
We can walk you through how to use the different Vitamin D options available and when is the best time to take Vitamin D to maximize its absorption and effectiveness.
Why We Take Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a popular supplement choice for adults and children, due to its numerous benefits, contributing to the maintenance of bones, teeth and muscle function, in addition to the normal function of the immune system.
Vitamin D comes in two forms, Vitamin D2 – ergocalciferol produced by plants, and Vitamin D3 – cholecalciferol, found in humans and animals. Whilst these are very similar, there is some controversy about whether Vitamin D2 is as active as vitamin D3 when it’s ingested.
D2 is cheaper to produce and generally used in foods fortified with vitamin D, such as cereals or orange juice. At SunVit-D3, we use Vitamin D3 in all our products.
Vitamin D is Best Taken With Meals
As Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and won’t dissolve in water, the best time to take Vitamin D is with a meal. It is absorbed better in your bloodstream when paired with high-fat foods.
One study has shown than taking vitamin D with the largest meal of the day increased vitamin D blood levels by about 50% after just 2–3 months.
Vitamin D can also be found in foods such as oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines, as well as red meat and eggs. While avocados, nuts, seeds, full-fat dairy products and eggs are nutritious sources of fat that may help boost your vitamin D absorption.
What’s the Best Time of Day to Take Vitamin D?
Firstly, remembering to take your Vitamin D3 should be the top priority. Some people find this easier first thing in the morning. Getting into a habit of taking your Vitamin D with a healthy breakfast is a good start.
However, there’s little evidence whether taking Vitamin D3 at night or in the morning is more effective. If you’re not a morning person or you skip breakfast, taking your supplement in the evening with a meal is good.
The key is to find a routine that works for you, as with all medicines and supplements you should always read the dosage and instructions carefully and if in doubt consult your doctor.
How Vitamin D & Calcium Work Together
Vitamin D contributes to the normal absorption and utilisation of calcium and helps to ensure normal calcium levels in the blood. This is why we offer vitamin D and calcium in one supplement.
SunVit-D3 Vit-D3 and Calcium tablets are chewable, and another alternative to our tablets, capsules and oral solution. These can simply be chewed, although due to calcium carbonate’s naturally chalky texture, taking the chewable tablet with water can help.
Ways to Take SunVit-D3 Supplements
Our SunVit-D3 film-coated tablets are Halal Certified and suitable for vegetarians plus we produce Vitamin D3 for vegans, those with dairy allergies and gluten-free. Being small in size and tasteless makes them easy to swallow, especially with the film coating. Our Vitamin D3 capsules are also easy to swallow.
SunVit-D3 tablets and capsules should be swallowed whole and are not recommended for crushing. If you find it difficult swallowing tablets then try our SunVit-D3 Oral Solution and Oral Drops.
This comes with an oral syringe to help you measure the correct dose, rather than using a household spoon which varies in size.
If you would like to know more about how much Vitamin D3 you and your family should be taking then read our guide on Vitamin D3 Dosage.