Q: I thought D3 came from Lanolin. If these are vegan, where are you getting the D3 from?
A: We source our D3 from wild-crafted, non-GMO, vegan Lichen.
Q: Is the D3 Raw?
The proper extraction of the vitamin D-rich oil from Lichen is essential to preserve the integrity of the vitamin. Extraction occurs in a heat, light and moisture-controlled environment, ensuring optimal freshness. While processing the lichen, the temperature does not go over 158° Fahrenheit (70°C).
In oil extraction, there are two points when temperature is caused to rise. Heat is generated as the material is macerated; the temperature is not measured at this time, but the manufacturer estimates the maximum temperature 40-50°C locally. Additionally, heat and pressure are used as part of the process; this is kept below 70°C.
Q: What kind of B12 is in this? Is it safe for me if I have MTHFR gene variants?
A: We use Methylcobalamin in our D3+B12 Gummies.
Navigating B-vitamins and MTHFR can be tricky! While there is a considerable amount of information coming out on genetic variations and how they affect our biochemistry and health, the MTHFR deficiency is not yet fully understood, including how various B-vitamins affect any given individual. The vitamer of B12 that is most often recommended for those with MTHFR variants is Methylcobalamin. However, depending on the specific gene variants you have, this may not be the best for you.
In general, when starting any new health and wellness supplement, you should check with your physician or healthcare professional to make sure the supplement is suitable for you and your health. This is especially true when there is the added complexity of the MTHFR gene variants. We encourage you to partner with your healthcare professional to determine the best course of action.
Q: How do I know if I am B12 deficient?
It is fairly common for people to be deficient in B12, despite the fact that B12 is found in many foods. Various health complications, like the MTHFR gene, and dietary restrictions, such as veganism, can greatly impact deficiency. Vegetarians and vegans are more likely to be B12 deficient, but people who eat meat can also be deficient. Symptoms that might tip you off to a B12 deficiency are tiredness, weakness and anemia, and can include neurological issues with balance, depression, confusion, and memory.
If you are interested in learning more, there is a wealth of information on B12 deficiency available on the internet. However, the only true way to know if you need to supplement your diet with B vitamins is if you get your bloodwork done. We recommend consulting with your physician or healthcare professional to make certain supplementing is appropriate for your nutrient needs!