VEGETARIAN? or VEGAN? Vitamin D2 & D3 for YOU! #shorts
For vegetarians and vegans, it can be more challenging to get enough vitamin D because many natural sources of the nutrient come from animal products. However, there are still ways to ensure an adequate intake of vitamin D.
Vitamin D2 is commonly found in plant-based sources such as mushrooms, particularly those that have been exposed to ultraviolet light, and fortified plant-based milks, juices, and cereals. It is also available as a supplement in vegan-friendly forms. However, it is important to note that vitamin D2 may not be as effective at raising blood levels of vitamin D as vitamin D3.
Vitamin D3 is typically derived from animal sources, such as lanolin from sheep’s wool, which can make it difficult for vegans to consume. However, some brands of vitamin D3 supplements are derived from lichen, making them a suitable option for vegetarians and vegans. Additionally, some fortified foods, such as plant-based milks, may contain vitamin D3 derived from lichen.
It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare provider or registered dietitian to determine the appropriate amount of vitamin D needed for an individual’s specific health needs and to ensure adequate intake.
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