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Vitamin D3 Offers Most Benefits

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 11:20 AM

Health benefits of vitamin D vary depending on the type, with vitamin D3 providing significantly more than its close relative vitamin D2, a new study shows.

The research, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, could potentially lead to changes in the food industry’s fortification of milk and other foods.
Most people don’t get enough vitamin D, which boosts bone and muscle health, through diet or sunlight. As a result, some foods are fortified with the vitamin -- usually vitamin D2.
But the new study, led by scientists from the University of Surrey, suggests vitamin D3 – found in eggs and oily fish -- is more beneficial of the two types when given as a supplement.
"We know that vitamin D is vital in helping to keep us fit and healthy, but what has not been clear is the difference between the two types of vitamin D,” noted lead researcher Dr. Laura Tripkovic. “It used to be thought that both were equally beneficial, however our analysis highlights that our bodies may react differently to both types and that vitamin D3 could actually be better for us."
The researchers based their findings on an analysis of 10 studies, involving more than 1,000 people, comparing the benefits of vitamin D2 and D3. They found "a clear favoring" of vitamin D3 supplements.

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