2016 Most Trusted Vitamin D Supplement Awards | Smarter Reviews

Smarter Review: Most Trusted Vitamin D Supplement Awards 2017

Most Trusted Vitamin D Voted by Smarter Shoppers Like You

At Smarter Reviews, we employ a comprehensive evaluation system to analyze and measure the full value of products, by looking at the ingredients, safety, projected effectiveness, return policies, and overall customer satisfaction. This method is known as the Smarter Reviews Ranking System.

In addition to ranking products, we also collect research from the latest studies and clinical trials. Choosing the best product is easy with Smarter Reviews. We offer a clear-cut system that covers the most important criteria, and takes into account the experienced personal reviews of our valued Smarter Shoppers. We've taken the guesswork out of the process, so you can shop smart, and save on time and money.

Vitamin D 101: The Secrets Of Vitamin D Revealed

Scientists continue to discover many major health benefits of Vitamin D. These benefits go far beyond promoting calcium absorption for bone health (a benefit Vitamin D is known for).1* Evidence also shows that vitamin D can also help during pre- and postnatal care, while also contributing to the health of many bodily systems..1* It's safe to say that the intake of Vitamin D has become more and more important for people who want to maintain optimal health and muscle strength.*

There is no doubt that Vitamin D can help improve your life, but how do you know which kind of Vitamin D supplement is best?* The supplement industry is full of false promises, cheap fillers, and synthetic additives.*

Smarter Reviews has spent months compiling extensive research of Vitamin D products to help you choose the right supplement for you.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D, also know as the sunshine vitamin, is a fat-soluble hormone that controls the expressions of over 1,000 genes in the body. 2 Its main function is to promote healthy bones and joints, in concert with many other added health benefits.*

There is great public interest and a fast-growing awareness that having the right amount of Vitamin D is critical for maintaining and supporting optimal health.

The Benefits of Adding a Vitamin d Supplement

Adding a vitamin D supplement CAN HELP:

  •  Promotes calcium absorption1 *
  •  Promote bone health1 *
  • Natural mood enhancement6 *
  •  Help maintain healthy blood pressure9 *
  •  Maintain overall health*
  • Improve overall wellbeing*
  •  Contribute to preventive health*

What You Should Look for in a Vitamin D Supplement

Based on our research, and valuable feedback from our Smarter Shoppers, these are the things to look for and avoid, when searching for vitamin D supplements:

Top 6 Things to Avoid:

  • Gelatin*
  • Artificial colors*
  • Caramel color*
  • Heavy metal contamination*
  • GMOs*
  • Any major allergens including wheat, peanuts, soy, eggs, milk, fish*

Top Things to Look For:

  • Vitamin D3 content*
  • 1000 IU vitamin D per serving*
  • Vegetarian capsules*

There is no doubt that taking a vitamin D supplement combined with other conscious lifestyle decisions can greatly improve your physical well-being.*

*Results not always typical. Individual results may vary.

Top 5 Vitamin D Supplement Brands on the Market today

Based on our own extensive research, the metrics provided by our Smarter Reviews Ranking System, and consideration of numerous reviews by Smarter Shoppers just like you, we've compiled a list of what we've found to be the top five products in 
this category, on the market today.

Review

THORNE RESEARCH
D-10,000

Total Ranking

702 votes

9.4/10

A

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 9.4/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.5/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 9.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Value
  • 9.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.7/10

  • Return Policy
  • 9.6/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.4/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 9.6/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.6/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Contains no unnecessary ingredients
  • NSF Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certificate
  • Free from GMOs

CONS

  • Capsules are not easily dissolved*
The Bottom Line

Thorne Research has been around since 1984. Their reputation for quality products has been upheld by many users. High amount of vitamin D is for people who need a large-sized serving. However, this brand offers other IU amounts ranging from 1,000 UI to 25,000 UI that our Smarter Shoppers appreciated.

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

nutrigold
Vitamin D3 Gold™

Total Ranking

294 votes

8.4/10

B

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 9.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.5/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 8.9/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Value
  • 6.8/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.7/10

  • Return Policy
  • 8.6/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.4/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 8.3/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.6/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Pills are easy to swallow*

CONS

  • Softgel pills have been reported to be broken or leaking*
  • Can cause stomach aches*
  • Mixed user reviews
The Bottom Line

Smarter Shoppers who reviewed this product were highly mixed with roughly 30% complaining about mild stomach aches and cramps.* This product is olive oil-based which was determined to be the root cause of the issue. Most of Vitamin D3 Gold™ users said these pills were effective and after blood testing saw support for their vitamin D levels.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

pure encapsulations
Vitamin D3 5,000 IU

Total Ranking

719 votes

7.9/10

C+

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 7.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.5/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 8.4/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Value
  • 8.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.7/10

  • Return Policy
  • 8.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.4/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 7.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.6/10

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5/10

PROS

  • Hypoallergenic*
  • Contains no unnecessary ingredients*

CONS

  • Larger-sized pills are much harder to swallow*
The Bottom Line

Pure Encapsulations seemed to be the perfect (and average) vitamin D supplement brand. The reviews by our Smarter Shoppers were not overly positive or negative. A large number of reviewers felt that their overall energy and vitality levels were good.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

Vitamin D Supreme

Total Ranking

203 votes

7.5/10

C

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 7.8/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.5/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 7.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Value
  • 8.1/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.7/10

  • Return Policy
  • 7.7/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.4/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 6.9/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.6/10

Vote and Review

5/10

PROS

  • Contains Vitamin K
  • Helps promote bone and joint health*

CONS

  • Poor customer service
  • Over-priced
  • Unnoticeable effects
The Bottom Line

Vitamin D Supreme combines Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K. However, the bottles the vitamins are shipped in do not contain an expiration date, only a manufactured date. When our Smarter Shoppers called their customer service center to ask questions they felt they weren't helped quickly.* After testing of some reviewer's blood, there was little-to-no change in overall Vitamin D levels.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Review

MEGAFOOD
Vitamin D-3 2000 iu

Total Ranking

672 votes

7.0/10

C-

Overall Grade

  • Ingredient Safety
  • 8.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.5/10

  • Projected Effectiveness
  • 6.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 8/10

  • Value
  • 6.5/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.7/10

  • Return Policy
  • 7.7/10

  • Category Average
  • 8.4/10

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • 6.2/10

  • Category Average
  • 7.6/10

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5/10

PROS

  • Website offers deals with honest reviews*

CONS

  • Pills have an off-putting smell*
  • Extremely large pills*
  • Made with lecithin which most commonly comes from soy*
The Bottom Line

Among the first things our Smarter Shoppers noticed was an off-putting smell and very large pills that were far too uncomfortable for most to swallow.* This company does offer free products in exchange for honest reviews, but the experiences shared by most reviewers seems to indicate a lack of extensive benefits.*

*Results are based on the Smarter Reviews Ranking System and do not necessarily reflect typical results from the use of these products. Please visit product websites for more information.

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Tom is a lifelong nutrition enthusiast who recently retired from his career in pharmacology to write about natural health. When he isn't researching health products, Tom enjoys exploring local farmers markets and growing his own organic vegetables.

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