With vitamin D, natural is best
Question: I've been reading a lot about vitamin D lately. I told my doctor I want to increase my dosage, and he mentioned that he would consider putting me on a "vitamin D analogue." What is that? How is it different than vitamin D?
Dr. Wright's Answer: Vitamin D analogues are basically the synthetic, patentable, evil twins of all-natural vitamin D3.
The good news is, none of these vitamin D doppelgangers have hit the market just yet. But they're coming -- as sure as you can say "patent medicine profits."
Fortunately natural versions of higher-quantity vitamin D supplements (1,000 IU, 2,000 IU, and 5,000 IU) are starting to show up on the shelves of lots of different compounding pharmacies and natural food stores so there's really no need to wait around for the synthetic analogues and test fate by taking one.
Even better, the natural versions are exceptionally inexpensive, with prices ranging from $7 to $9 per 100 capsules, depending on the strength. Once they're patented, the analogues are sure to be much more expensive than that.
About the author
Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. has degrees from both Harvard University (cum laude) and the University of Michigan. More than any other doctor, he practically invented the modern science of applied nutritional biochemistry and he has advanced nutritional medicine for nearly three decades.
As of today, Dr. Wright has received over 35,000 patient visits at his now-famous Tahoma Clinic in Washington State.
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