Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for our well-being. However, estimates show that 4 in every 5 people nowadays are vitamin D deficient due to our lifestyles and the very limited exposure to sunlight. Therefore, it is best to alongside one of the best multivitamin supplements take also a proper vitamin D supplement.

In this regard, many people will try to pinpoint you to a specific vitamin D supplement. And they will try to tell you that that is the best one. But is it really the truth? What is the best vitamin D supplement? Is there really such a thing as one particular, ultimate, the best vitamin D supplement out there?

Well, it may seem that there must be. But there really is not, there is no one such thing, my friend. There actually are many of those in existence.

Therefore, in this article (guide) I will give you all the tools you need to find on your own one of these kinds of vitamin supplements. And not only that – I will also give you some examples to spare you some time if you’re not into looking for one or don’t want to waste time doing so.

Why There Is No Such Thing As One Single The Best Vitamin D Supplement?

To Determine What Is The Best Vitamin D Supplement The Configuration Is Extremely ImportantThe answer to this question is quite simple and self-explanatory. It is because of the configuration of the supplement. You see, this configuration can be easily replicated, even slightly altered and it would still produce the best results possible as towards the benefit.

So what kind of configuration am I talking about?

What Makes Up The Best Kind Of Vitamin D Supplements?

I am talking about the configuration of the form, amount and additives.

As for the form, there are only two options – Ergocalciferol or Vitamin D2 and Cholecalciferol or Vitamin D3.

Proper Vitamin Form Amount and Additives Will Make Up The Best Vitamin D SupplementMany studies have proven and it is widely accepted that Vitamin D3 is the most effective and beneficial form. It is also the same type of form that our bodies produce from the sunlight.

As for the amount, it is recommended that in addition to one of the best multivitamin supplements one should use a Vitamin D supplement that contains 2000 IU or 50 μg [R].

There are, however, also other recommendations based on your current levels of vitamin D, on which I’ll get in a bit later. Nonetheless, this additional 2000 IU or 50 μg is needed because on day to day basis we typically receive way too less of sunlight. In fact, it is estimated that about 80% of the population is vitamin D deficient [R].Only The Harmless Additives Must Be In The Best Vitamin D Supplement

As for the additives, there are harmless ones, probably harmless ones, probably harmful ones, and the harmful ones. Of course, in regards to the best vitamin D supplement, there should only be the harmless ones.

A side note – a vitamin D supplement (much like almost all other supplements) are not able to not have additives. Because those are the substances that keep the nutrients together in a pill, tablet, capsule, etc.

The Harmless Additive List For Vitamin D Supplements

And so that you could evaluate a vitamin D supplement yourself, I’ve put together a list of harmless additives that you should look and aim for when deciding on the supplement. If a particular supplement contains an additive that is not on the list, you should better avoid it.

Here are the harmless additives that should be in your supplement besides the Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3):

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (on the most part also any other oil will do, but avoid like the plague any partially or fully hydrogenated oils – those will harm you),The Best Kind Of Vitamin D Supplements Will Contain Vitamin D3, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Gelatin, Glicerin And Water
  • Gelatin,
  • Glycerin,
  • Water, Distilled Water, Purified Water,
  • Magnesium Stearate,
  • Stearic Acid,
  • Silicon Dioxide or Silica,
  • Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hypromellose, Cellulose,
  • Leucine,
  • Beeswax,
  • Medium Chain Triglycerides,
  • Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopheryl),
  • Pectin,
  • Riboflavin [R].

Nonetheless, there might be other harmless additives that at this point I’m not aware of. Thus, this list is not exhaustive in any way.

Ultimately, the best kinds of vitamin D supplements will contain the first 4 additives of the list. And there are many, which will fit these criteria.

However, I do find that NOW Foods High Potency Vitamin D-3, 2,000 IU is probably the best one both in terms of quality and price. It is available in two different sizes. The one that offers 120 Softgels will last for 4 months. And the other one that offers 240 Softgels will provide you with the additional vitamin D for 8 months and provides even more value for the price.

Vitamin D3 CapsulesAlthough, in my opinion, this is the best choice, it is not vegan or vegetarian as it contains gelatin. For vegetarians, I do think that Natural Factors Vitamin D3 2000 IU is one of the best choices. But for vegan, it was hard to find anything that was compliant with the criteria we established, especially in regards to harmless additives.

Ideally you would want to get Natural Factors Vegan Vitamin D3 2000 IU, however, it’s not that accessible in terms of shipping internationally. Instead, knowing the nature of the vitamin you could go for Natural Factors Vegan Vitamin D3 5000 IU. And rather than taking it every day, take it twice every 5 days or once every two days. Which should essentially be the kind of equivalent to the other suggestions described here.

The Best Approach At Getting Your D Levels In Shape

There is such a thing as the ideal vitamin D range in your system. And most people (80%) have below that.

It's Best To Get To A Doctor And Perform Vitamin D Blood TestsTherefore, the best approach, how to fix it for optimal health, would be to go to your doctor and get your vitamin D blood levels (25 OH vitamin D) checked out.

From then on out, if you are deficient, your doctor will prescribe you a vitamin D supplement and most likely will direct you to either take 5000 or 10000 IU daily to get to the recommended levels of this vitamin. The recommended levels are 50-80 ng/ml [R].

If your doctor prescribes you to take 10000 IU a day, every three months your doctor should also prescribe you to take blood tests to check your calcium, phosphorus and parathyroid hormone levels [R].

Ultimately, when the vitamin D blood levels are back within the recommended range, 2000 IU daily should be taken to maintain the optimal levels of the vitamin [R].

Nonetheless, if you don’t find the time or you’re reluctant to get your blood checked out, taking those 2000 IU daily of vitamin D, will definitely be better for your health than living without. Even more so, if you are aware that you’re living not the most outdoor-type of lifestyle.

Be Wary As Towards What Kind Of Vitamin D Supplement Doctors Recommend

I’m not here to disown, what doctors recommend or anything.

Be WaryHowever, do know that their advice may not be based on what the best supplement that you could get is. But rather a supplement or medication (essentially bigger doses and lots more harmful additives) may be prescribed that they are in a way affiliated with. Usually not directly, but indirectly. Therefore, it may not be the best you could possibly get.

But there is a simple way to check if what a doctor is advising to get is something out of pure knowledge or rather related to some kind of direct or indirect affiliations.

Use the harmless additive list that I provided to assist you. Remember that ultimately you have the choice of what kind of supplement to get.

So, use that.

The Take-Away Message

Any of the best multivitamin supplements preferably should be accompanied by a vitamin D supplement.

Be Empowered By The Vitamin D, Rather Than Being Weakened By The Lack Of It

A vitamin D supplement that contains Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), in amounts of 2000 IU or 50 μg and contains only harmless additives (see the list provided beforehand). Any such supplement will be amazing in terms of providing benefit and none of such are more superior than others. Therefore, there is no such thing as a single the best vitamin D supplement.

Based on the vitamin form, amount and harmless additives provided either find you own best vitamin D supplement or choose one of the suggested ones –

If you liked the article, please leave us a comment below – even one sentence helps. And consider including your Twitter handle so I can thank you personally!

A note, a question or your personal view on the matter – all are truly welcome. And sharing will always be sincerely appreciated.

Have An Awesome Day!


  • David

    August 2, 2018 - 23:57

    A great article, very informative. You never really sit back and think about it when you get a supplement. One of my problems is when I start a supplement I don’t stick with it and reading your article just hammers home how Important it is when your vitamin levels are low.
    Thank you so much,

    • Matiss Dzelve

      August 3, 2018 - 18:24

      Hey, David!

      Glad you liked the article.
      In truth – persistency is key. Like with any habit, similarly with supplements – taking them consistently increases the likelihood of a noticeable benefit.


  • Kenny

    August 2, 2018 - 20:11

    Hi and thanks for all the info you have on here. In truth it’s really interesting stuff.
    You could say that I am of trying to live a bit healthier, so I’ll definitely visit again for sure.

    • Matiss Dzelve

      August 3, 2018 - 18:19

      Hey, Kenny!

      I’m glad to hear that you found the article helpful.


  • Jacques

    April 12, 2018 - 13:12

    This was really a good article to read, it had a nice flow and kept me interested. The information provided are of great value, I like the harmless additives list. I did not know much about Vitamin D, only the basics, but this article really helped.
    Thank you!

    • Matiss Dzelve

      April 20, 2018 - 09:23


      Thank you for the kind words, Jacques! I truly appreciate that! 🙂
      And I’m happy you found it helpful!

      Cheers! And Have An Awesome Day!

  • King Kong's Girl

    April 12, 2018 - 09:00

    I used to go to the beach or park every weekend, but just a few months ago I just couldn’t find time anymore. 99% of the time now, I’m working and spending indoors. I know my Vitamin D level is already dropping and a supplement could really help although I’m not fond of taking medicines or supplements except paracetamol when I get annoyed at some headaches and fever, lol. Will check out your list of additives and try out a couple of these Vitamin D supplements. Thank you for this post. Very informative and useful.

    • Matiss Dzelve

      April 20, 2018 - 09:22

      Hey, KK Girl!

      I can totally relate to that! I used to spend summers at my grand parents home, when I was younger, where I would spend 99% of the time outside.
      Glad you found it informative and useful!

      Have An Awesome Day!

  • Ganesh

    April 12, 2018 - 07:43

    Good post mentioning the types of vitamin D available and for sure it is one of the essential micronutrients for the human body. And I believe whole foods should be the foundation to completing any of our nutritional needs, but these supplements sure can be good for anyone who are having a lack of vitamin D or who want to add vitamin D in their very fast paced life.

    • Matiss Dzelve

      April 20, 2018 - 09:15

      Hey, Ganesh!

      I definitely must agree that quality foods is the best foundation for awesome health. At the same time, however, due to today’s environment and everything we need to have certain additional nutrients to acquire the best kind of health. I do cover this in a recent article on do we need vitamin supplements.

      Nonetheless, vitamin D is not really something that can be abundantly found in foods. I do believe that this is also the reason, why we have the ability to generate it from sunlight.
      Therefore, ultimately, I am quite certain that it is impossible to acquire the amounts that you need of vitamin D solely from foods.

      The only way you could be able to acquire the necessary amounts would be, if you were to almost all of your time spend outside. And when I say ‘almost all’, I mean ALMOST ALL. But do we?
      I certainly don’t!

      Cheers! And Have A Great Day Ganesh!

  • Jill

    April 11, 2018 - 19:56

    Hi Matiss, This was a very interesting and informative article. Thank you for it. I find that even though I live in a sunny country as I have become more bound to the computer and don’t work so much out in the sun, my vitamin D levels are dropping and need to take a supplement.

    • Matiss Dzelve

      April 12, 2018 - 08:17

      Hey, Jill!

      I’m truly glad you found it both interesting and helpful.
      And yes, many of us do! Only rarely do people have the opportunity to spend time working outdoors. Ultimately, this must be the reason why low vitamin D levels is such an epidemic.
      But vitamin D is such an important vitamin to have. In fact, I myself do believe that it’s one of the most important vitamins that there is.

      I Wish You All Best!
      Cheers! And Have An Awesome Day!

  • Eric Cantu

    April 11, 2018 - 18:09

    Thanks for this post. I’m almost wishing I could print out the list of harmless additives and keep it in my kitchen, lol. I’m so wary when taking supplements because I think of all the extras they have that aren’t good for you. Well written & well explained! Thank you!

    • Matiss Dzelve

      April 12, 2018 - 08:01

      Hey, Eric!

      Thank you for the kind words, it truly brings joy to know that it was helpful! 🙂

      And I can totally get where you’re coming form in being wary when taking supplements. You should be! And I am very, very much like that myself!
      What I’ve found is that too often do not only the companies of supplement industry, but also of food industry are all about selling, and not about making a truly beneficial and healthy product.

      Have A Great One, Eric!

  • Tabitha

    April 11, 2018 - 15:35

    A couple of years ago, my doctor told me that I needed to start taking an over the counter Vitamin D3 supplement since my levels were low. I never had this problem when I was younger, but I realized that over the years I spent more and more time indoors and less time outside in the sun.

    I had no idea what brand to get, and at first I thought they were all the same. I was told to get any brand as long as it was Vitamin D3 1,000 IU and to take two of these capsules daily.

    I have bought two different brands in the past, one is Spring Valley and the one I am currently taking is Nature’s Bounty. I just checked the ingredients and they both have Soybean Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin and Corn Oil. Do these ingredients fall under the harmless additives for these supplements? I want to make sure I’m not putting any harmful additives in my body.

    Thanks for this very informative post. I will definitely pay more attention to the labels on all my vitamin supplements.


    • Matiss Dzelve

      April 12, 2018 - 07:52

      Hey, Tabitha!

      I’m glad you found the article helpful! And yes, the low vitamin D levels is a very common problem these days.

      As for Soybean Oil and Corn Oil I would highly suggest to better avoid those. Those are the kind of most inexpensive oils that there is. And this is mainly due to them being highly processed and genetically modified. If the supplement says GMO-free, they may be okay, but that highly depends on how they are processed and made.

      But other than that both of them have been tied to various cancers, as well as there’s a whole list of other incredibly bad things tied to the use of these substances. Thus, I would strongly suggest to replace that supplement of yours.

      I myself would definitely NOT ever use them either in supplements, or in food or making of food.

      I Wish You All The Best!
      And Have A Great Day!

  • Eliane

    April 11, 2018 - 15:09

    Hi, Matiss.
    I found your article both interesting and useful.
    I’ve been aware of the importance of taking vitamin D for a while but I need to be honest, I haven’t done so for over 1 year. So reading your post reminded me of going back to that.
    Also, I really appreciate your honesty in saying that there is no best vitamin D. Some people will just say otherwise in order to sell the products they’re promoting.
    Congrats on your honesty.

    • Matiss Dzelve

      April 12, 2018 - 07:28

      Hey, Eliane!

      I’m glad it was helpful!
      And thank you for the kind words! Honesty is what I believe in and how I roll! 🙂

      Cheers! And Have A Great Day!

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