FAQs 2

Can I add Vitashine to foods?
The Vitashine spray is ideal for adding to food. The formula has no taste so can be added to foods of your choice. It is important not to expose Vitashine to high temperatures, so please don’t add it during baking for instance. Please consume foods sprayed with Vitashine within 1 hour to ensure maximum freshness.

Can I take higher doses of Vitamin D3?
We recognise many people seek higher doses of Vitamin D3 than the RDA of 200IU. That is why we offer flexibility and options of doses. Always consult your Doctor or Health Practitioner if you are considering taking a higher dose.

Can I give Vitashine to my pets?
Vitashine is perfectly ok for pets, and they benefit from Vitamin D3 in exactly the same ways that humans do. The Vitashine Spray is ideal and just spray it onto his or her pet food!

Do other Vegan Vitamin D3 products exist?
We have come across Vitamin D3 products on the market claiming to be Vegan suitable. During our detailed market research and review process, we found a number of products promoted as Vegan Vitamin D3 that actually contain only vitamin D2 or conventional sheep’s wool (lanolin) Vitamin D3. There may well be other vegan suitable sources of Vitamin D3 out there, but we have yet to find one.

Our advice to consumers is to seek further information from any such brands about their products, and get in touch with the Vegan Society to obtain their opinion.

Where does Vitamin D3 usually come from?
Meat and fish are the most common sources of Vitamin D3 in the diet. The reason conventional Vitamin D3 supplements are not suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans is because the D3 is extracted from sheep’s wool (Lanolin) or other animal sources.

Why doesn’t a major Vitamin company use Lichen sourced Vitamin D3?
The main reasons major Vitamin companies wouldn’t consider our source of Vitamin D3 are those of cost and scale. Our vegan Vitamin D3 costs significantly more to grow and produce compared to the low cost Lanolin/sheep source. The vitamin market is huge, so it would not be economically of interest for Vitamin companies to consider changing to our source.

Do lichens have proven safety?
Yes. In fact the lichen we use is classed as a food ingredient with a long history of safety. There is a skin disease called ‘lichen sclerosus’ (and some other similar named conditions). In case you come across this on the internet, We can confirm this has absolutely nothing to do with lichens so don’t worry! It is an unfortunate and unrelated use of the term ‘lichen’ and could understandably cause confusion. Ironically, Vitamin D3 is among the recommended treatments for Lichen Sclerosus.

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