Other Ingredients: Cellulose, croscarmellose, sodium, magnesium stearate, stearic acid, dicalcium phosphate, shellac, talc, and carnauba wax.
ALLERGEN WARNING: This product is manufactured and packaged in a facility which may also process milk, soy, wheat, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and crustacean shellfish.
CAUTION: Do not exceed recommended dose. This product is not intended for pregnant or nursing mothers, children under the age of 18, or persons with a known medical condition. If you have questions about the advisability of taking this product, consult your physician prior to use.
Dosage: Take one or more tablets once a day with a meal.
Ray & Terry's D3 contains 120 tablets per bottle.
Vegan Alert:The source of our vitamin D3 is lanolin. The sheep are not killed in this process, but the wool sheared and the vitamin derived from the wool in a lab. The product is fine for a vegetarian, but may not be appropriate for strict vegans.
Ray & Terry's Vitamin D3 is equally effective when taken with or without food. However, if your digestive system is sensitive, you may want to take your supplements with meals.
As we age, our need for vitamin D increases. However, the ability of the skin to make D3 and the capacity of the kidneys to utilize the compounds both decrease with age. Older people and women with low sunlight exposure and/or milk intake are the most likely candidates for dietary deficiencies in vitamin D. Individuals in northern climates and those with dark skin (the additional melanin makes D3 synthesis by sunlight take longer) are also likely candidates.
With deficiency, there is a decrease in production of the protein that helps enable calcium absorption, which can lead to weakened bones. Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to certain cancers, immune weakness and diabetes. A study of 708 men and 1,058 women found an association between cognitive impairment and low levels of vitamin D in the blood. The participant group with the lowest vitamin D levels had more than twice as many instances of cognitive impairment.8
The best way to find out if you have a Vitamin D deficiency is to check your blood level with a 25(OH) test, which can be easily performed by any physician. The normal range is 32 to 100 nanograms per milliliter, but Ray & Terry recommend maintaining a level of at least 50 nanograms.
Although there is a risk for toxicity with excessive D intake, research indicates the current RDA and UL (official minimum and maximum intakes) are too low. Ray & Terry suggest 600-2,000 IUs of Vitamin D per day for almost everyone as part of their universal supplement recommendations. If your level is under 30, we suggest 5,000 IU per day until your level improves. Each vegetarian tablet of our formula contains 1500 IUs of the D3 form of Vitamin D. If you are trying to maintain a high level, we recommend regular blood monitoring to avoid toxicity.
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- J Periodontol 2005;76:1576-1587. Dr. Charles F. Hildebolt.
- Gloth FM 3d, Gundberg CM, Hollis BW, Haddad JG Jr, Tobin JD. "Vitamin D deficiency in homebound elderly persons." JAMA 1995;274:1683-6.
- Looker AC, Dawson-Hughes B, Calvo MS, Gunter EW, Sahyoun NR. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status of adolescents and adults in two seasonal subpopulations from NHANES III. Bone 2002;30:771-7.
- AMWA. "Vitamin D and Your Bone Health." http://www.amwa-doc.org
- Llewellyn DJ, Langa K, Lang I. "Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentration and Cognitive Impairment." J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2008 Dec 10. http://jgp.sagepub.com/