What are the Pros and Cons of Liquid Vitamin D?

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Many people are interested in taking vitamin D as a supplement, but feel overwhelmed with the forms available. Liquid vitamin D is just one type, and like any other supplement, there are pros and cons to taking this product. One of the main advantages is that it is considered easy to swallow, unlike tablets. It also typically gets into the bloodstream faster than pills, cutting down on the waiting period for it to take effect. Unfortunately, the fact that it is easy to swallow is also a disadvantage since some people, particularly babies, can overdose on it.

Some adults avoid taking vitamins because they have trouble swallowing large pills. Such people are likely grateful for liquid vitamin D since it can be added to a beverage with a medicine dropper, making it easy to swallow. It typically has little to no taste, as well, which means that those who do not like flavored medicine may also prefer this kind of supplement. Of course, liquid vitamin D is also usually ideal for children and infants, most of whom cannot take large pills.


Vitamin D is fat-soluble, which usually means that the body must work hard to properly absorb it, so it takes time for it to take effect. Most liquid vitamin D products, on the other hand, make it easier for the body to absorb the vitamin since they are usually water-based. This means that some of the steps of digestion are already taken. Additionally, most types of this liquid do not contain the binders or fillers that usually appear in tablets, which means that the liquid is often considered more natural.

This supplement is often given to breastfed infants since they are prone to developing a deficiency of vitamin D, resulting in soft bones. Offering this supplement to infants helps their stomach to absorb calcium, and can increase the health and density of their bones. While liquid vitamin D seems like a good idea since infants should not have tablets, some babies have overdosed on the supplement because their caregiver put too much liquid in the dropper. Overdose of vitamin D usually results in nausea, vomiting, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation, decreased appetite, and excessive thirst and urination. The typical cause of overdose is the use of the wrong medicine dropper for the liquid, which is why it is important to use the correct dropper when giving liquid vitamin D to infants.


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Post 7

For those of us who have allergies to Vitamin D3, why not suggest we rub the liquid form on our wrists, neck and on our sore joints? There is scientific proof our skin absorbs it. Why does no one address the millions of people who experience harsh allergic symptoms to Vitamin D3 pills? Very strange.

Post 6

Liquid vitamin D is perfect for me. I never go outside for longer than it takes to walk to my car, and I have trouble swallowing pills. I am who this product was made for!

I'm not a nature lover at all, and I greatly prefer the comfort of my home to a walk in the park. I know this isn't good for me, but with liquid vitamin D, I don't have to worry about it.

I used to choke while trying to swallow pills, so I always ask my doctor if he can give me my medicine in liquid form. Luckily, I can take my vitamins in this form, too. I'm just glad liquid vitamin D is flavorless, because some vitamins have a nasty taste.

Post 5

@lighth0se33 – Vitamin D can also help relieve joint pain, so people who use it for that might want it to enter their bloodstream as quickly as possible. My cousin uses it to treat her winter depression, and she prefers the fast-acting liquid to the pill form.

Many people get really depressed during the cold, sunless winter months. Some doctors say this is because they are not getting enough vitamin D from natural sunlight, and they recommend taking a supplement until spring.

My cousin was severely depressed, so as soon as she found out that a supplement could lift her spirits, she wanted to get it in her system as fast as possible. She took the liquid vitamin D and felt better rather quickly.

Post 4

I think it's strange that fast absorption time would be an issue with vitamin D. Isn't it intended mainly for protecting and growing bones? How would having that delivered to your bloodstream in a hurry benefit you?

I do take a vitamin D supplement, but it is in pill form. I don't like taking liquid medicine, so I always get capsules whenever possible. I saw a bottle of liquid vitamin D on the shelf at the pharmacy last week, and I wondered who would want to take that.

Post 3

I give my daughter liquid vitamins and minerals, because she hates eating vegetables and I worry that she is not getting enough nutrition from her diet. I am currently giving her a liquid vitamin D3 that is a mixed berry flavor, and she likes to have it dropped directly onto her tongue.

The dosage differs with the child's age. The label said that for babies younger than one year, it should be five drops. For kids up to eight years old, it should be eight drops.

My daughter is five, and she is happy that she gets eight drops. She opens her mouth and I count out each one, placing them in different spots on her tongue. She says this tingles, and I think it's the tart flavor that has this effect, rather than the vitamin itself.

Post 2

@Kat919 - It's great that you get a lot of vitamin D, but it does not transmit well in breast milk. My pediatrician told me that in order for my baby to get enough vitamin D that way, I would have to poison myself with it! The thing is that our babies evolved to get their vitamin D from the sun, just like older children and adults, but these days of course none of us go outside that much.

Fortunately, the body can store vitamin D. If your baby often goes outside with you, you might not want or need to give the supplement every day. My babies were willing to take the dropper; I think they liked the taste

. If your baby takes a daily bottle, or even just a few times a week, you can also add the supplement to the bottle.

My pediatrician said to avoid the liquid multi vitamins and get the plain vitamin D for my baby; evidently they don't usually need the other stuff as long as mom is eating a good diet.

Post 1

Do breastfed babies stil need to take liquid vitamin supplements if the mom gets enough vitamin D? I take calcium supplements with vitamin D and spend a fair bit of time outside, so I'm not like most women - I know vitamin D deficiency is really common. Will my baby still need a supplement? How do I know?

And how would you even get the baby to take it?

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