WHAT IS VITAMIN D

Humans receive vitamin D, or cholecalciferol, from fish and dairy products. Vitamin D production in the human body happens when skin gets exposed to sunlight. However, most vitamin D consumed in America comes from fortified foods. The food industry provides vitamin D supplementation to support a wide range of bodily functions. Choose Brenntag North America as your vitamin D distributor for a custom solution.

  • Synonyms: Cholecalciferol, Activated 7-dehydrocholesterol, 7-Dehydrocholesterol activated, Calciol, (+)-Vitamin D3
  • INCI: Cholecalciferol
  • Chemical formula: C27H44O
  • CAS #: 67-97-0
  • Hazard: • H301: Toxic if swallowed H311: Toxic if in contact with skin
    H330: Fatal if inhaled H372: Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure if swallowed

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Characteristics
AppearanceWhite crystalline
Melting point83 - 86 °C (181 - 187 °F)
Molecular weight384.64 g/mol
GradesFood grade

USES AND APPLICATIONS FOR VITAMIN D

Vitamin D supports critical bodily functions. It maintains bone and teeth health by regulating calcium levels. This nutrient boosts the immune system and modulates cell development. Research suggests that it can reduce the risk of diabetes and slow the growth of cancer cells. Obtaining enough Vitamin D prevents rickets and osteomalacia, conditions that impair the formation of new bone tissue.

  • Food and Nutrition: Food producers add vitamin D to a variety of foods. Vitamin D fortification allows them to comply with regulations and offer a more nutritious product. The Canadian and American food industries must add vitamin D to certain products. Canada mandates that specific dairy products include it. While the United States does not require fortification for most foods, infant formula must contain vitamin D. Most of the United States milk supply contains added vitamin D as a result of previous efforts to combat a rickets epidemic.

    Nutraceutical companies sell vitamin D as a standalone supplement or multivitamin. These products can contain vitamin D3 or vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). Vitamins D2 and D3 have few differences in chemical structure. The human body processes these vitamins in almost identical ways. Most vitamin D supplements on the market contain vitamin D2. This form of vitamin D offers the same benefits as vitamin D3 at a lower cost of production. In the United States, 37 percent of the population takes a supplement that includes a form of vitamin D.

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Humans receive vitamin D, or cholecalciferol, from fish and dairy products. Vitamin D production in the human body happens when skin gets exposed to sunlight. However, most vitamin D consumed in America comes from fortified foods. The food industry provides vitamin D supplementation to support a wide range of bodily functions.

Brenntag North America offers custom ingredient solutions to the food and nutrition industry. Every client we have works with an account manager who understands their field.

Your best approach will be to contact Brenntag North America. When you choose Brenntag as your vitamin D distributor, you will receive a valuable business partner. Contact us today for a quote.

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