Vitamin D is the essential nutrient your skin absorbs from sunlight and is important for strong bones, cardiovascular health, and cognition. Depending on where you live, your exposure to sunlight, and through it vitamin D, could be lacking. Unfortunately, vitamin D is present in very few foods, so getting enough of it through your diet is easier said than done. That said, we’ve found plenty of ways to do exactly that with plant-based foods.
There has been debate as to how much vitamin D we actually need, deficiency in the vitamin is common, so for some, supplements are required. We’ve provided a list of products that could serve you well on your quest for more vitamin D.
1. Pure MK-4
Pure MK-4 is Soy free, gluten free, alcohol-free and non-GMO. $23.72 One user says:
“I’ve been taking 5 drops every morning for a couple of months with Zero stomach issues or weird skin reactions plus my D levels are over 44 which is higher than the last 3-4 years. I still need to go a little further but I will not discontinue taking this supplement. I can tell my D deficiency symptoms are gone and I’m thankful that I no longer deal with other ailments trying to battle it.”
2. MRM Vegan Vitamin D3
MRM Vegan Vitamin D3 is Non-GMO. $13.03. One user says:
“I’ve tried multiple Vitamin D supplements but after extensive research, this product was the best for me. One year later and I still use it and I feel great! I pair this along with a vegan Vitamin K supplement to really feel the benefits. For a few months I took 1 5000iu twice a day to get my Vitamin D levels up. Since I’ve made plenty of changes in my lifestyle which includes getting plenty of sun, I switch to the 2500 and sometimes none at all!”
3. Sports Research Plant Based K2 + D3
Sports Research Plant Based K2 + D3 is a two in one supplement. Soy free. $18.95. Rashad writes:
“My hair was shedding quite a bit, and my dermatologist tested me for a Vitamin D deficiency (I hardly get any sunlight). Turns out it was pretty severe. This completely stopped and reversed the shedding (thickened my hair) and overall my mood was improved.”
4. Doctor’s Best Vegan D3
Doctor’s Best Vegan D3 is sustainably harvested, and registered with the UK vegan society. $6.70 One user says:
“As a vegan I have been taking vitamin supplements for years containing vitamin D2. Even with taking high doses of D2 supplements, my blood tests always showed I was deficient in vitamin D. Now that I have been taking this vegan D3 for a month, my latest blood test showed vitamin D right smack in the middle of the normal range.”
5. Garden of Life Vitamin D3
Garden of Life Vitamin D3 is a chewable organic supplement. $11.96 One user says:
“Amazing results I got in two months. I was at 16 ng/ml in November, feeling extremely exhausted all the time. I got bloodwork done and found out how low I was on vitamin D (normal range is between 20-80 ng/ml). I got prescribed a huge dosing amount vitamin D2 to take once a week as capsules but since I can’t swallow pills to save my life, I looked up a chewable, vegan, vitamin D3 form and found this. I’ll upload a picture as a proof of how I went from 16 to 40 in two months 🙂 I love the taste by the way.”
6. Deva Vegan Vitamins Vegan Vitamin D
Deva Vegan Vitamins Vegan Vitamin D is plant-derived. $5.63. Kristen says:
“I was relieved to read in The Vitamin Solution by Dr. Holick that vitamin D2 was as effective as D3. As a vegan, this is very important to me. So, I tested it out. Before taking this supplement, I had my blood checked for vitamin D levels and it was around 40. I took this vitamin D2 and raised my levels to 80 in about 7 months. Great product!”
7. RealDose Essentials Vegan Vitamin D3
Free of nuts, soy, and gluten. RealDose Essentials Vegan Vitamin D3 is $11.40. One user says:
“I was suffering from winter sluggishness, headaches, and was exhausted all the time. I felt an immediate difference when I started taking this. I missed a dose one day and immediately felt the old symptoms, so I’ll never miss a day again. This is a must, especially for vegans/vegetarians during wintertime. My teeth have also gotten better with this supplement. Make sure to take it with food.”
8. Mary Ruth’s Vegan Vitamin D3+B12 Gummies
Mary Ruth’s Vegan Vitamin D3+B12 Gummies are in chewable gummy form. $24.65. One user says:
“These are like small gumdrops. If you’re expecting gummy bear rubbery texture then this isn’t it. They’re chewy and a little crumbly, taste very good… I dissolve one in my mouth in the morning then drink a glass of almond milk, been doing this for last few months and it’s been working.”
9. VegLife Supreme Vegan D
VegLife Supreme Vegan D is derived from an herbal base. 8.34. One user says:
“My doctor put me on a large dose of vitamin D2 while pregnant since my levels were so low. I was very [intrigued] by how it helped my mood (which makes sense, S.A.D. happens in winter-time from less sunshine and sunshine=vitamin D). Now that my levels are up from that prescription, I am keeping them up with this great product.”
10. Daily D Vegan Vitamin 3
Daily D Vegan Vitamin 3 is in drop form. Made with Vitashine – a plant-derived Vegan D3 made from Lichen Extract. $36.68. One user says:
“Very pleased with this sunshine in a bottle (well, almost!) The bottle was bigger than I expected, and it is very easy to tank up on this vitamin in the 2,000 unit form. The vitamin D round tablets are easy to swallow. Our whole family is taking them, and we have not been coming down sick when others in our community are. (We also take 2,000 units of Vitamin C powder and 50 mg of zinc daily). It is working out great for us along with reducing our sugar intake, getting plenty of water, fresh air, adequate rest, and a positive state of mind. These are more affordable than the liquid form of vegan vitamin D.”
11. Country Life Vegan D3
Country Life Vegan D3 is 100% plant-derived. $29.99. Be wary, though. James says:
“This product contains carrageenan. That fact might be important to some people. The data on that ingredient is still conflicting.”
12. Nature’s Plus – Source of Life Garden Organic Vitamin D3
Nature’s Plus – Source of Life Garden Organic Vitamin D3 is made from organic mushrooms. Contains carrageenan. $14.36. One user writes:
“Just received the product. Opened the package and realized that you need to take 2 (two) capsules for the 5,000 IU listed on the front of the bottle. Just a little stinky. Being up front with the public it should be 2500 IU and 60 capsules. Where do they dream up this stuff???? Kind of ticks me off that they have to do something like this. I, like most everyone else, doesn’t have the time to scrutinize all the label before purchasing and they know this.”
13. Naturelo Vitamin D3
Naturelo Vitamin D3 is gluten and soy free. 21.80. Shawn writes:
“Love it! I did a lot of research before switching to Naturelo and I have been taking the men’s multi and really like it. When it was time to re-stock on Vitamin D, Naturelo was the best choice. I was attracted to the fact that the Naturelo products are in a capsule form instead of a hard pill (that may or may not dissolve well) and that they do not contain any synthesized animal byproducts. I also really like the higher IU’s than you find in comparable products. Really great product!”
14. Ora Organic Vegan Vitamin D3
Ora Organic Vegan Vitamin D3 is certified organic. $16.14. Shaye says:
“I got these vitamins as I have seasonal skin breakouts and after doing some research I came to the conclusion I needed to try taking vitamin d supplements. My multivitamin I take has vitamin d in it but it’s D2 and I needed D3 which is what we naturally produce in the sun so I sought out this product. I’ve only been taking it for a couple of weeks and have noticed a significant difference in the clearness of my skin so I’m super satisfied & will continue to use this!”
15. Pure Encapsulations Vitamin D3
Pure Encapsulations Vitamin D3 is a liquid supplement. Gluten free, soy free, non-GMO. $31.90. One user writes:
“I love this product. It comes with approximately 830 doses, has no flavor and is so easy to use. I prefer liquid products over pills any day of the week. However, this product is even better as you get so many doses for the money, especially for those of us who have to take 3K to 5k I.U.’s each day. I have used this product for about 6 years. Being able to order it through Amazon is an added plus.”
Recipes With Vitamin D
If you’d rather focus on putting more vitamin D directly into your diet, we’ve got you covered. Check out these delicious recipes from the Food Monster App packed mushroom-infused vitamin D.
1. Oyster Mushroom Steaks With Miso Gravy
Oyster Mushroom Streaks by Courtney West are an easy yet very delicious vegan-friendly main course. And, if you’re still trying to make plans for what you’re making for the holidays, we’ve got you covered. These meaty mushrooms are served over warm polenta and drizzled with a miso gravy that adds a unique and nostalgic.
2. Meaty Mushroom Shawarma With Tzatziki
It’s time for a healthy and Vegan Mushroom Shawarma/Gyros makeover! Paired with delicious vegan tzatziki and it came out so good that it’s legit your next new favorite dish! By Kirsten Kaminski.
3. Oyster Mushroom Po’ Boy
Check out Hot For Food’s Oyster Mushroom Po’ Boy is sure to hit the spot for even the most critical of eaters. Tender, meaty oyster mushrooms make the perfect substitution for this classic dish.
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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