Published on October 31, 2019
Vitamin D supplements come in a variety of types including liquid-filled capsules, powder-filled capsules, pills, and drops or sprays. On the GrassrootsHealth health and lifestyle questionnaire, questions about which vitamin D supplements participants used were added in 2017. The chart below shows the percent of participants taking each vitamin D supplement type. This includes vitamin D-specific supplements and supplements containing vitamin D, such as a multi-vitamin. For those taking more than one supplement type, they are counted in more than one category.
The most commonly used vitamin D supplement types among GrassrootsHealth participants is liquid-filled capsules (44%), followed by pills (36%), powder or powder-filled capsules (28%) and liquids such as drops or sprays (22%). Approximately one-third (31%) use more than one type of vitamin D supplement.
Are you concerned about your vitamin D level and intake?
Testing your vitamin D level regularly and taking steps to keep it at a target level of 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L) is important for all stages of health. Through GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute, you can also test your omega-3 status, inflammation levels, and levels of essential nutrients and toxins. Find out your levels today! Log on to the shop (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your level can be improved.
Make sure you track your results before and after, about every 6 months!
How can I track my nutrient intake and levels over time?
To help you track your supplement use and nutrient levels, GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute has created an online tracking system called myData-myAnswers. For each specific supplement, you can track what days you take it, how much, and many other details. This will help you know your true supplemental intake and what patterns of use work for you to reach and maintain optimum nutrient levels. Check it out today!
How Can You Use this Information for YOUR Health?
Having and maintaining healthy vitamin D and other nutrient levels can help improve your health now and for your future. Measuring is the only way to make sure you are getting enough!
STEP 1 Order your at-home blood spot test kit to measure vitamin D and other nutrients of concern to you, such as omega-3s, magnesium, essential and toxic elements (zinc, copper, selenium, lead, cadmium, mercury); include hsCRP as a marker of inflammation or HbA1c for blood sugar health
STEP 2 Answer the online questionnaire as part of the GrassrootsHealth study
STEP 3 Using our educational materials and tools (such as our dose calculators), assess your results to determine if you are in your desired target range or if actions should be taken to get there
STEP 4 After 3-6 months of implementing your changes, re-test to see if you have achieved your target level(s)