1 Ingredient To Avoid In Your Supplements

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1 ingredient to avoid in your supplements

Seattle was such a fun magnesium class. It was a small class so we were able to dive a little deeper. One of the topics we got into was synthetic vitamins. My goal with everything I buy to boost my health is a long-term investment. Synthetic vitamins simply cannot play the role that the real vitamin does.


There are hundreds of synthetic options and since writing blog posts is a skill I am learning, I decided to keep it to the one main synthetic vitamin that i avoid at all costs. Synthetic vitamin d which is listed as Vitamin D as  Ergosterol or Calciferol. Also listed as vitamin D3.

At this point in a live class, eyes are starting to pop as people wrestle with what they know about vitamin d. We read everywhere about the importance of vitamin d. You simply must decide if you want the real deal and not a synthetic version that clogs cellular function.

Vitamin d actually functions as a hormone. There are two types of vitamin d active and stored. Active vitamin d is where all the benefits happen with this crucial vitamin/hormone.


Think of vitamin d as a key that unlocks the cell. Synthetic d sits in the lock and causes problems.

There are 3 metabolic processes to convert vitamin d. Your skin, liver, and kidneys. Cholecalciferol is converted to Calcidiol which is the active form of vitamin d. Here is where it gets so interesting, None of these processes can happen if you do not have enough magnesium. Magnesium is what kick-starts the process into action. So even if you are taking a supplement which is the storage form of vitamin d you are not adding the type of vitamin d that activates all the benefits of this superpower nutrient.  Plus once your storage vitamin d is higher than your active d we start to see an increase of auto-immune issues and lowered immune function.

6 ways to increase your vitamin d

So, how do you get your vitamin d? Here are a few of my favorites.

  1. that old-fashioned thing called sunshine
  2. fatty fish (salmon is my favorite)
  3. portobello mushrooms if able to be exposed to the sun
  4. egg yolks if the chickens are exposed to enough space and sunshine
  5. beef liver ( i simply cannot get it down so I use this)
  6. whole food cod liver oil (make sure it is naturally occurring and not just synthetic added)

target goals

Do you ever have a target goal? Most of mine are things like water intake 85 ounces, 8 hours of sleep and just a square of dark chocolate a couple of times a week. If I did not have those target goals I would be chronically dehydrated, totally exhausted and be eating crappy chocolate all day. When you have target goals you have specific goals that are easier to stay on track with.

vitamin d target goals

Vitamin d has very specific target goals in your body. It keeps the calcium in balance. So a vicious cycle is created. Magnesium levels drop which aids in the production of vitamin d levels which then causes calcium to become de-regulated and hardens the arteries and bones.

supplement section reduced when deleting synthetic d

So walking down the supplement aisle becomes so much easier once you understand how detrimental synthetic vitamin d is. Most supplements contain this synthetic nutrient and if it does it is off my list. Making supplement choices much easier.

So tell me, do you avoid synthetic vitamins? Drop me a comment and let’s talk.

19 thoughts on “1 Ingredient To Avoid In Your Supplements

  1. Thank you for this info. I am dealing with histamine intolerance and I wonder if the cod liver oil is high in histamine. Do you have any info on this?

    Also, I have low iron. What natural sources do you recommend (I’m thinking liver again)?

    1. yes, cod liver is higher in histamine and can cause issue for those with a histamine intolerance. currently this is the best dessicated liver. https://livingthegoodlifenaturally.com/product/dessicated-liver/

  2. So, what if your magnesium levels are high enough? Would the Vitamin D supplement (Cholecalciferol) work then?

    1. At that point, it would depend on where your active and stored d numbers were at. I personally would not take it because it drops your A levels in your liver and puts you back in the same place of liver breakdown.

  3. Did you once say that Carlson brand D3 is acceptable? cholecalciferol is the type of D3 in this brand.

    1. I personally would not use it as it is made fro animals but then goes through a process that only increases the stored vitamin d.

  4. Is there a vitamin D supplement that you do recommend?

    1. Rosita cod liver oil has whole food natural vitamin d along with a for your liver. love the stuff. The liquid is best.

      1. Where do you purchase this?

  5. Great information. Already avoiding that but now I have the information to back up my choice. Ready for your next one. 🙂 Peace and Prayers.

    1. Oh coming soon. Between about three synthetics it will take 90% of the supplements off your list.

  6. Will regular blood work show my stored and my active d?

    1. yes, if your doctor runs it for stored and active.

  7. I avoid all synthetic drugs, plant based only for this girl!

    1. me too, me too

  8. Great info! Is there a particular brand/type of cod liver oil that you feel fits the bill?

    1. The only one I will use that tests clean enough is Rosita.

  9. This was interesting. My doctor told me I was vitamin D deficient. I tried the supplements, but they make me sick and feel sluggish (now I know why).

    1. Good for you for being so in tune with your body. Now you have some hardcore science to back it up. Get sunshine, magnesium and some of those foods and you will slowly start to see a difference. Check your ferritin levels on your iron panel as that can slow down building d if it is high or low.

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