Nutritional News/FAQs

Below are some common questions about our Vitamins. Click on each of the questions to
reveal the answer.

What are Vitamins?

Vitamins are essential organic (carbon-containing) nutrients that are found in food, and they contribute to good health by regulating metabolism and assisting in the biochemical processes that release energy from digested food.  They are classified as either fat- or water-soluble.  The fat-soluble vitamins include A, D, E and K.  The water-soluble vitamins include thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), B6, folate, B12, biotin, pantothenic acid (B5), and vitamin C (ascorbic acid).  With the exception of B12, water-soluble vitamins are stored in the body in limited amounts and are excreted within one to four days; therefore, they must be replenished on a daily basis.  Fat-soluble vitamins, however, are stored in the body’s adipose tissues and liver.  These storage sites for fat-soluble vitamins may reduce the chance for a deficiency, but they still must be consumed on a daily basis for good health.

Should I take fish-based or lanolin-based vitamin D3?

Everyone needs are going to be different – but the rule of thumb is vitamin D3 is fat-soluble and thus it needs fat proper assimilation into the body. The fish oil source of D3 is incased in a softgel with safflower oil, providing a lipid matrix to help assimilate the vitamin D3 into the lymphatic system of the body. However, if someone is allergic to fish, has a fat malabsorption issues or prefers Kosher-certified products, then they should utilize the lanolin-based form. However, the lanolin form (Vcaps or Chewables) should be taken in conjunction with a fatty food like medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil or coconut oil – since MCTs are great for persons with fat malabsorption issues, since this type of fat does not require lipase in order to digested, making it easy on the gut.

Why should I take natural vitamin E?

Natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) has been shown to be better absorbed and retained in the body than synthetic vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol). The vitamin E family consists of eight members, four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. D-alpha tocopherol is the most predominant and active form. It is backed by a good deal of research, which confirms its many benefits. Our vitamin E softgels feature the mixed tocopherols that may enhance the antioxidant properties of d-alpha tocopherol.

What is unique about Bluebonnet’s Vitamin E softgels?

Bluebonnet uses only premium grade natural source vitamin E from soybeans. Our softgels contain a mixture of 80% d-alpha tocopherol and 20% mixed tocopherols, such as gamma tocopherol. Other products on the market may state mixed tocopherols on their label. All natural vitamin oils contain a small amount. They can vary from batch to batch. They are not quantified on the label. Bluebonnet guarantees the amount of mixed tocopherols, including gamma tocopherol in all our vitamin E softgels.