Q: The serving size and servings per container changed! Why is that?
A: As is a part of our ongoing plan here at MaryRuth’s, we are happy to say that we now have USDA Organic certification for our D3+K2 Spray! As we were going through the process to get this product certified organic, we had to change the formula just a bit; this also changed the serving size and servings per container.
The regular recommended serving size has doubled from 4 sprays to 8 sprays, and servings per container decreased just a bit from 38 servings to 30 servings per container — which will still last you a month!
Since, while tweaking the formula to get USDA organic certifications, we had the option to reformulate, we decided to try and aim for a 30 day serving, since many people have this product on subscription and the 38 day serving is an odd period of time. So how did the serving size double while the servings per container only removed 8 servings?
Though the original formula contained olive oil and MCT oil as carriers for the vitamins D3 and K2, we opted to remove the MCT oil for this product to have a 30 day serving. MCT is a much thinner oil than olive oil, meaning the overall formula was less viscous than it is now. With this new proportion of D3 and K2 in the sole oil carrier of olive oil, the solution is now more viscous (thicker), which means less liquid is expelled in each spray. Now, 4 sprays of the "old" formula and 4 sprays of the "new" formula would not contain the same amount of liquid as the olive oil does not spray as "freely" (for lack of a better word), out of the sprayer.
Though our suggested serving size is updated, you can be assured that the amount of D3 and K2 per serving remains the same (20 mcg or 800 IU Vitamin D3 and 80 mcg Vitamin K2) because of the updated proportion of vitamins to oil and viscosity of the carrier oil. We hope you are as excited as we are to have this great product now available USDA organic certified!
Q: Where are the D3 and K2 sourced from?
A: Our D3 is sourced from wild-crafted, non-GMO, vegan Lichen, and our K2 is sourced from Natto, a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans (the highest food source of natural K2!). The process of fermentation removes soy from the product.
Q: What does this product taste like?
A: There is no added flavor in our Liquid Vitamin D3+K2 Spray, though it has the light taste of olive oil, the base of the spray.
Q: Why the two together?
A: Vitamins D3 and K2 work with one another to maintain control over calcium levels in your body. Vitamin D3 controls the absorption of calcium into the blood. Vitamin K2 controls where that calcium goes. Calcium balance is an important piece in cardiovascular health including supporting healthy, flexible arteries.
Q: Why is there no daily value for Vitamin K on the supplement fact panel?
A: You may have noticed that we no longer include daily values on our label for vitamin K2. This is because of recent changes implemented by the FDA, where regulations now exclude menaquinone as being counted toward the daily value of vitamin K.
Per the FDA: "The preamble to the proposed rule noted that there are three general forms of vitamin K: Phylloquinone (vitamin K1), menaquinone (vitamin K2), and menadione (vitamin K3) (id.). For labeling purposes, there is no specific definition for vitamin K and the AI for vitamin K is based on the intake of phylloquinone, the major form of vitamin K in the diet. Thus, the final rule establishes, in § 101.9(c)(8)(iv), an RDI for vitamin K of 120 mcg based on the AI that pertains only to phylloquinone."
The FDA determined to change this because they do not believe that studies on menaquinone provide sufficient evidence to suggest that menaquinones affect vitamin K absorption and utilization. If you’d like to read the FDA’s full argument, you may do so by clicking here.