Supplement Vitamin D Is Made From Sheep Grease?

Vitamin D deficiency is a huge problem in the United States.  It is estimated that 75% of Americans are deficient in this crucial vitamin.  It is useful for carrying out endless functions in the body and for maintaining optimal health.  

Most people are unaware of the fact that most vitamin D sold in supplements comes from wool grease. Yes, an icky, sweaty substance from a farm animal is heated irradiated and mixed with many different chemicals.  This doesn’t sound like something a normal person would want to put into their body but here’s how they make ‘Natural Vitamin D.’  

A healthy sheep will produce up to 30 pounds of wool annually.  This crude lanolin (yes that’s the non-gross word they use) is extracted from the wool using a scouring process, during which the fleece is washed in hot water with a detergent.  They then saponificate the grease which separates the fatty component which is removed via centrifugation from the ‘unsaponifiable’ component (referred to as ‘lanolin alcohols’).  These separating procedures are repeated thus further separating the elements. A remaining crude cholesterol is then extracted from lanolin alcohol using solvent washes and column chromatography. 

The crude cholesterol then goes through a series of further solvent extractions, washes and drying until it is crystalline.  The purified compound is then taken through a four-step chemical process to make what is then considered to be pre-vitamin D3.

They next irradiate the pre-Vitamin D (mimicking the actions of  a humans skin interaction with the sun) to produce Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Finally, these pure crystals of Vitamin D3 are used to make the stabilized product forms that can be used in supplements. This is actually how most vitamin D supplements are made- take grease from a sheep then irradiate it after dozens of chemical adding steps. 

Our new Vegan D is a combination of several mushrooms and lichen that provide the user with daily requirements of both vitamins D2 (100%) and D3 (400%).  Each vegan capsule provides five times your RDA of vitamin D and comes 100% from vegetation. 

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James Quinn

James Quinn at your service, I am the owner operator of Life Not Labs, I started this website over five years ago to give consumers a plant-based alternative in a supplement industry where over 99% of vitamins are synthetic and made in a lab. I've been living in the Catskills Mountains for over 15 years in what I consider to be nature's perfect setting. Every summer makes me a better gardener and my property is at the epicenter of upstate New York's beekeeping and maple syrup industries. Our products are in are sold in independently own stores and small chains contained in upstate New York.

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