D-Drops Liquid Vitamin D3 360 Drops 1000 IU (5ml)
D Drops Liquid Vitamin D3 1000 IU is and excellent source of Vitamin D and is known for its value in bone and muscle strength development, and for helping to prevent bone fractures. Ddrops 1000 IU liquid vitamin D is recommended for adults. It is specially designed as an alternative for those who do not like taking their supplements in a pill-form.
A factor in the maintenance of good health
Ddrops is a liquid vitamin D supplement containing 1000 IU of vitamin D3 in just one drop. It offers an easy and effective alternative to swallowing tablets or capsules. It is designed to be licked off any clean surface such as the back of a washed hand or a spoon. It can also be dropped onto food or into liquids. Ddrops contains no preservative, no artificial flavour andno added colour.
Ddrops medicinal ingredient:
Each drop contains vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 1000 IU (25mcg). The vitamin D3 in Ddrops products is naturally sourced from lanolin. Although lanolin comes from sheep wool, the animal is not harmed. Ddrops is classified as a vegetarian product for 'lacto-ovo' vegetarian use.
Ddrops non-medicinal ingredient:
Thin vegetable oil (purified components of coconut and palm oil). There are no other chemicals or additives. It is tasteless and odorless.
Recent studies show that the greatest benefit of vitamin D is to decrease the future risk of chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, common cancers, infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases. Ddrops is a new and innovative liquid vitamin D that is easy and convenient to take. Knowing your Vitamin D sources is critical as there are very few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D. Several recent studies show that a substantial amount of children and adults are Vitamin D deficient. Why is Vitamin D so important for our well-being? Research is proving that Vitamin D has many benefits on multiple organs within the body. Too little vitamin D can lower the immune system and increase the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes and more.
Ddrops Liquid Vitamin D3 is:
- Gluten Free
- Corn Free
- Wheat Free
- Dairy Free
- Sugar Free
- No Sulphites
- Yeast Free
- Peanut Free
- No Preservatives
- No Artificial Coloring
The sunshine vitamin in just one drop! for adults
Ddrops may not do it by diet alone! Canada's Food Guide has recognized that vitamin D is the only nutrient which adults over 50 cannot rely on diet alone to receive their recommended daily dose.
We shouldn't do it by sun alone! The Canadian Dermatology Association says "In order to lessen the health risks associated with skin cancer yet still reap the known and possible benefits of vitamin D, the CDA recommends people concerned about vitamin D levels take 1,000 units of vitamin D supplements a day. These are safe to use and equally effective as the sun in maintaining healthy levels of this vitamin in the body while avoiding the risk of getting skin cancer."
Ddrops are the sunshine vitamin in just one drop! Ddrops offers people an alternative to taking conventional pills or capsules. Two formats allow adults to get just the right amount of vitamin D Ddrops 1000 IU and Ddrops Booster 600IU.
Vitamin D, originally called antinachite A (a fat-soluble accessory food factor A), is truly a vitamin ! Vitamins are organic micronutrients whose lack in the diet may cause disease. Vitamin D is converted to an active form (a-25,dihyrdoxyvitamin D3 or 1,a(OH)2D3) within the body (specifically the liver and kidneys). When skin is exposed to sunlight (specifically UVB radiation), vitamin D3 is made within the body. Today, concerns over risk of skin cancer with direct sun exposure suggest it should be managed or avoided and many recommend that vitamin D be obtained with intake of vitamin D through diet and/or supplements (Sources of Vitamin D).
Types of Vitamin D
Vitamin D comes in 2 major forms, known as vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3(cholecalciferol). Vitamin D3 is a form that is naturally produced in the skin after sunlight exposure or vitamin D is taken in dietary foods. Vitamin D3 is the preferred form for supplementation because it is more effective in raising serum 25(OH) D levels in humans. All Ddrops brand products contain naturally sourced vitamin D3. Vitamin D2 is sometimes used as a supplement, it is about half as active in humans and is produced from plant and/or fungal sources.
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is naturally produced in the skin of animals and humans after sunlight exposure and also contained in supplements and fortified food supplements and fortified foods. Cholecalciferol is the raw material needed by the body to produce a hormone. This form is not yet active in the body, and must be transformed by the liver and kidneys to the active hormone.
Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is the form that is produced from plant and/or fungal sources. It is sometimes used to fortify foods or used as a supplement. Vitamin D2 is about one half as potent in the human body as vitamin D3and still requires activation by the liver and kidneys.
25-hydroxyvitain D or 25(OH)D3(calcidiol) is produced form vitamin D automatically by the liver. It is the most abundant form of vitamin D in the blood and is the best measure of vitamin D status. Serum 25(OH) D3 is measured in blood tests to determine a person's vitamin D nutritional status vitamin D nutritional status. This form is actually not active in the body, but it is an intermediate metabolite.
1a-25,dihyrdoxyvitamin D3 or 1,a(OH)2D3 is an active form within the body made in the kidneys from circulating 25(OH)D3 in the blood. Blood levels of1,a(OH)2D3 are not good markers of vitamin D deficiency and tests are often difficult to interpret. When 1,a(OH)2D3 binds with the vitamin D receptor (VDR) it acts like a switch that turns on a number of genetic activities. Researchers have discovered over 200 target genes for 1,a(OH)2D3 . Most organs in the body contain VDRs and are responsive to 1,a(OH)2D3. Most organs in the body contain VDRs and are responsive to 1,a(OH)2D3.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Medical professionals determine whether somebody is vitamin D deficient or not by doing a simple blood test. Experts define vitamin D deficiency in terms of blood levels. They look for 25-hydroxyvitamin D or 25(OH)D3 or 25(OH)D (calcidiol) - the major metabolite of vitamin D3 found in the bloodstream. Some people lack vitamin D more than others, therefore experts have developed a 'vitamin D nutrition status' scale. Circulating levels of 25- hydroxyl-Vitamin D or 25(OH)D3 by vitamin D nutrition status1
|Serum 25(OH)3 range
||Vitamin D nutritional status|
|>600 nmol/L (>240 ng/mL)
||Potential hypercalcemia due to excess Vitamin D intake|
|<225 nmol/L (<90 ng/mL)
Physiologic range from exposure to sunlight (or UV light)
>75 nmol/L (>30 ng/mL)
Sufficiency (desirable optimal for fracture prevention)
<40 nmol/L (<16 ng/mL)
<25 nmol/L (>10 ng/mL)
Deficient (diagnostic of nutrition deficiency, rickets or osteomalacia).
Conversion Factor: ng/mL x 2.5075
Sources of Vitamin D
Sunlight and ArtificialUVB rays:
- A total of 15 minutes of summer noonday sun or artificial UVB rays (tanning beds)on both sides of the bare body will provide 10,000 IU of vitamin D in the bloodstream of most fair-skinned adults
- The Canadian Dermatology Association and Health Canada advise against direct exposure of sunlight, especially for infants
- The Canadian Cancer Society recommends to keep babies less than 1 year old out of direct sun
- The use of sunscreen with a sun protection factor of eight reduces the cutaneous production of vitamin D by 97.5% in adults
- Dark-skinned infants are particularly at risk for developing rickets as they require increased exposure to sunlight to produce the same amount of vitamin D compared to light-skinned infants.
- Sunburns are associated with skin cancer (malignant melanoma) and regular UV light exposure increases the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers and ages the skin
Too Much Vitamin D
Vitamin D can be harmful if taken in excess. Vitamin D intoxication is extremely rare but can be caused by accidental or intentional intake of high doses of vitamin D. The amount of vitamin D that causes vitamin D toxicity is more than 4 times the amount that adults get naturally through exposure to sunshine. Most reports of vitamin D toxicity have been as a result of mistakes in vitamin D manufacturing facilities, or errors in medically dosing with prescription vitamin D.
Symptoms and consequences of Vitamin D toxicity:
- High doses of vitamin D can lead to high levels of calcium in the bloodstream. This is known as hypercalcemia.
- Hypercalcemia is an elevated calcium level in the blood. (Normal range: 9-10.5 mg/dL or 2.2-2.6 mmol/L). It is usually an elevated laboratory finding with few symptoms. Therefore, people with hypercalcemia may not feel that anything is wrong and may only find out about their condition with a lab test which can be prescribed by a physician.
- Even though hypercalcemia may not have noticeable symptoms, there are important consequences that need to be considered. For example, high levels of calcium can result in anorexia, chills, constipation, confusion, depression, fever, fatigue, increased urination, nausea, pancreatitis, thirst, vomiting and weight loss.
- True vitamin D toxicity happens when high levels of calcium go undetected, and calcium begins to build up in organs, such as the kidneys, causing renal or bladders stones.
- In order to produce hypercalcemia, most adults would have to take more than 10,000 IU daily for many months or years. Cases of hypercalcemia while taking 10,000 daily for several months have not been reported in published literature.
- Most patients with vitamin D toxicity recover fully after discontinuing the vitamin D supplement and avoiding sun exposure for a certain amount of time.
How much is too much?
The following summarize the facts for adults:
- The current safety limit for vitamin D supplements in adults is 2,000 IU (50ug)
- Review of the literature shows the lowest dose of vitamin D proven to cause toxicity in adults is 40,000 IU/day for many months
- Farmers and lifeguards, who are exposed to long periods of sunlight would manufacture 10,000 IU of vitamin D in their skin daily without the use of sunscreen.
- Some experts believe that the official safety limit is very conservative and not based on current evidence
The following summarizes the facts for infants:
"The Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for vitamin D for infants up to one year of age is set at 25ug (1,000 IU) per day which is based on studies examining the highest intake at which no adverse affects were observed on linear growth." Note that the UL is defined as the highest continuing daily intake of a nutrient that is likely to pose no health risks for almost all individuals.
Overall, it is best to seek individual advice from an informed healthcare profession who is familiar with vitamin D and your health status. Also, follow the directions on the label of products and notify your healthcare provider if you have concerns.
Vitamin D Recommendations
How much vitamin D should you be taking? There is no easy answer because nobody really knows how much vitamin D humans really require. Making sure that you and your family members have enough vitamin D is often an individualized approach and depends on a number of factors, including the time spent outdoors in summer sunshine, the types of food in the diet, and other factors. However, based on scientific data, various medical associations have provided some guidelines.
This website cannot make or endorse any recommendations. The best advice and answers come from your physician or other healthcare professional. Your physician may require a blood test to review your current blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D or 25(OH)D3 (calcidiol) - the major metabolite of vitamin D3 to determine your vitamin D nutritional status. The recommendations are summarized below.
Vitamin D Recommendations:
|Group Making Recommendation
||Recommended Daily vitamin D3 Intake /day|
|Canadian Pediatric Society
|Canadian Cancer Society
Adults, during fall & winter and all year for those at risk of low vitamin D
Canadian Dermatology Association
All adults concerned about vitamin D
Most healthy adults
800 IU - 1000 IU
High risk adults
800 IU - 2000 IU
Canadian Pediatric Society
Canadian Pediatric Society
Breastfed infants in Canada's north (>55°N latitude)
American Academy of Pediatrics
|Partially breastfed infants and formula fed infants who are ingesting < 1000 mL of fortified formula/day
American Academy of Pediatrics
|Children and adolescents
|Canada's Food Guide
||Adults over 50 (as a supplement to diet)
|Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine
Infants, children, adolescents,
adults up to age 50
The bottom-line is that many people find it difficult to obtain vitamin D from natural sources. For this reason, many physicians routinely recommend a vitamin D supplement. Talk to you healthcare practitioner to understand what is right for you! Special Populations
Certain people are more at risk of vitamin D deficiency than others. Oftentimes, there is no way to change the factors that are putting these people at greater risk.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) identifies the following groups at risk of vitamin D deficiency1:
- Breastfed Infants. Human breast milk contains is considered the most perfect nutrition for infants. However, it contains only trace amounts of vitamin D. This is reason for the long-standing recommendations for breastfed infants to receive a vitamin D supplement.
- Adults over 50 yrs of age. Research shows that older individuals have a greater risk of hip fractures and this is often associated with low blood levels of 25(OH)D.
- Many people spend the majority of the day indoors at work, school or other activities, limiting their time in direct sunshine. This also includes people who live in northern climates, and climates that do not receive sunshine. This also includes individuals who may wear robes and coverings for religious reasons.
- People with dark skin. Darker skin pigmentation means that it takes longer (sometimes 4 times longer depending on the level of skin color) for these individuals to make vitamin D in the skin.
- People who have difficult digesting fat. Impaired fat absorption is associated with a variety of medical conditions including some forms of liver disease, cystic fibrosis, and Crohn's disease. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, and dietary sources of vitamin D may be difficult to absorb for people with these conditions.
- Obesity and people who have undergone gastric bypass surgery. Experts suspect that the relationship between obesity and lower vitamin D levels may be due to storage of vitamin D in excess body fat.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do I need to take vitamin D?
A: Vitamin D is a building block involved in repair and maintenance of the body. In a recent publication that reviewed controlled trials, vitamin D reduced total mortality1. Many believe that the greatest role vitamin D can play is to decrease the risk of chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, common cancers, infectious diseases, and autoimmune diseases. Vitamin D3 increases calcium absorption by as much as 30 to 80 percent2. It is estimated that 97% of Canadians are vitamin D deficient3.
Q: How much should I take? What is the recommendation?
A: The Ddrops Company cannot make medical recommendations. Some medical associations have developed guidelines based on years of research and published literature. The best advice comes from your physician.
Recommendations vary from one medical organization to the other. The daily dose of vitamin D recommended ranges from 200 IU to 1000 IU per day. For pregnant women, the Canadian Pediatric Society recommends taking vitamin D 2000 IU per day4.
Q: Is there a concern about overdosing with vitamin D? What if I take too much? What are the symptoms of overdose?
A: Overdosing with vitamin D can happen, but it is very rare. One would need to ingest large amounts of vitamin D daily for several weeks or months to experience vitamin D toxicity. High doses of vitamin D can result in a high level of calcium in the bloodstream, which can cause anorexia, chills, constipation, confusion, depression, fever, fatigue, increased urination, nausea, pancreatitis, thirst, vomiting and weight loss. True vitamin D toxicity happens when high levels of calcium go undetected, and calcium begins to build up in organs, such as the kidneys, causing renal or bladders stones. This is referred to as 'hypercalcaemia'. In order to produce hypercalcaemia, most adults would have to take more than 10,000 IU daily for many months or years, which has not been reported in published literature5.
Most patients with vitamin D toxicity recover fully after discontinuing the vitamin D supplement and avoiding sun exposure.
Q: Can I be sure of the exact dose each time?
A: Ddrops uses the "Eurodropper" technology. The size of each drop is based on surface tension and the stickiness between the oil and the dropper. These factors remain constant, thus ensuring a consistent drop size every time. To slow down how quickly the drop comes out, the bottle is tilted slightly from vertical. Unlike an eyedropper with a rubber bulb, there is no need to do anything other than hold the bottle upside down, and the liquid does not get contaminated by the rubber bulb. We consider the Eurodropper format safer than an eyedropper style liquid vitamin D: A Eurodropper limits the amount of vitamin D dosage that can get out by accident, since it comes one drop at a time. The contents also cannot all spill out if the bottle tips over. The eyedropper can get dirty easily.
Q: How do I take Ddrops?
A: Ddrops products, including Ddrops 1000 IU and Ddrops Booster are designed to be dropped onto food, in drinks or dropped on a clean surface, then licked off the clean surface rather than dropped directly into the mouth. It is tasteless, so it does not alter the taste of food.
Q: Does the Ddrops bottle need to be shaken to get the drop out?
A: Do not shake the bottle to get the drop out. Hold the bottle upside down, and let the drop come out by itself.
Q: What else is in this product?
A: Ddrops contains vitamin D and a thin vegetable oil. The oil is purified from coconut and palm kernel oil. There is no chemical treatment involved. The oil is distilled and is similar to the oils present in breast milk. It is wheat-free, gluten-free, soya-free, sugar-free and peanut-free. It is tasteless, odorless with no artificial flavors, no coloring and requires no preservative. Consumers may want to compare this list of ingredients with vitamin D products for adults.
Q: What is the source of the vitamin D?
A: Vitamin D3 is the form naturally produced in human skin exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D3 in vitamin supplements starts as lanolin (the oil obtained from wool of sheep and lambs). The lanolin is exposed to ultraviolet light to activate the fat that then turns into vitamin D3. The vitamin D3 is purified and used for vitamin supplement products or to fortify food and milk. Although Ddrops brand vitamin D3 is an animal sourced product, the animal is not harmed during this process. Ddrops are suitable for lacto-ovo vegetarians.
Q: What is the clinical trial proof that Ddrops works?
A: Ddrops is an oil-based vitamin D3. All research with oil-based vitamin D3 has been shown to produce the expected response in the blood test for vitamin D3. Actually, oil is the most traditional way to obtain vitamin D - after all, the vitamin D story started with Cod-Liver Oil.
Q: How long is the product good for?
A: The expiry date is printed on the bottle, as well as the box. The oil used in Ddrops is purified to remove elements that tend to go bad. This oil does not go rancid when exposed to air, and the amber glass bottle protects it from light. The oil protects the vitamin D, keeping it stable.
Q: Doesn't the oil in Ddrops go rancid?
A: The oil is purified to remove the parts that tend to go bad. The oil protects the vitamin D, keeping it stable.
Q: Does Ddrops need to be refrigerated once the bottle is opened?
A: Ddrops products do not require refrigeration.
Q: What if the Ddrops bottle is left outside and freezes?
A: Stability testing for Ddrops products has been done between 15ºC and 30ºC. We have tested the effects of freezing on Ddrops. It does become hard at temperatures below freezing, but after it thaws back to room temperature, Ddrops returns back to normal.
Q: My bottle of Ddrops seems to be only ½ full? Has some product leaked out?
A: Ddrops 1000 IU is sold as a 180 drop or 5 mL product and also health food stores carry a 365 drop or 10 mL product. The bottle size used for Ddrops products is a standard size of 15mL, so it appears to be partially full, although it contains enough product to dispense at least 180 drops for the 5 mL or 365 drops for the 10 mL. Always check the safety seal and look for signs of leakage.
Q: Is the vitamin D still OK if the cap is left off the bottle for a long period of time such as day?
A: Leaving the cap off the bottle will not affect the vitamin D. The oil used in Ddrops products will not go rancid when exposed to air, and the amber bottle protects it from light. These things keep the vitamin D very stable. It is still recommended to keep the cap on the bottle.
Q: Is it Ok to put Ddrops into hot drinks and/or warm food?
A: Yes, Ddrops is designed to be put into food or drinks. The heat of cooking might lessen the potency of vitamin D by a few percentage points, but not enough to make a big difference. We suggest adding the vitamin D after cooking.
Q: Do I need to take Ddrops at the same time as my calcium to absorb the calcium better?
A: Although it has been proven that vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium, you do not need to take both at the same time. There is no need to take Ddrops directly along with calcium because vitamin D doesn't act right away. Vitamin D needs to be made into the active hormone and builds up slowly in the body. Calcium absorption is finely controlled by the kidneys, and is not affected by the time of taking the vitamin D.
Q: Do they have samples?
A: As part of the commitment to Health Canada, The Ddrops Company does not give product directly to the public.
Some physicians have samples of Baby Ddrops and Kids Ddrops.
Q: I have not heard about Ddrops before...my doctor has not told me about this. Why?
A: Ddrops is a relatively new product that utilizes innovative technology. It has been developed by researchers in Canada and is actually recommended by many physicians and pharmacists.
At Ddrops Company, they are passionate about Vitamin D! Ddrops Company is 100% Canadian owned and operated and was founded in response to a need for a simply better way to provide the one vitamin that is most often deficient in Canadians and Americans - Vitamin D. Their research and development is geared toward developing and marketing safe, effective, convenient and economical forms of vitamin D supplements under the Ddrops brand. Their mission is to spread a little sunshine vitamin one drop at a time.
Their Commitment to Quality
From their family to yours, they have high standards for their products. All their products have received Natural Health Product Numbers (NPNs) from Health Canada. Ddrops Company follows the good manufacturing standards set by Health Canada, and takes steps beyond these high standards to ensure that their product is pure, consistent and safe.