Vitamin D3 is also known as Cholecalciferol. It is a dry derivative of Vitamin D3 and is supplied at 40,000,000 IU Vitamin D3/gram. Vitamin D3 can be taken as a supplement to improve overall health or used to treat osteoporosis. It is suitable for dietary supplements, food preparations and pharmaceutical applications. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Vitamin D3?
Vitamin D3 is a white or yellowish-white powder used in the food industry used as a nutrition intensifying agent. Applications for Vitamin D3 include milk powder, lacovo, nutrient supplement in meal replacement beverages and bars.
Possible Side Effects of Vitamin D3
Although Vitamin D3 generally regarded as a very safe and effective supplement, there can be some minor side effects. The side effects may:
- difficulty swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- hives or itching
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- skin rash
- tightness in the chest
- unusual tiredness or weakness
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Vitamin D3 is considered safe.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Vitamin D3 populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Vitamin D3.
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