Don’t Forget To Take Your Vitamins, Especially Vitamin D

Recent studies show that many people who live in the Northern Hemisphere are Vitamin D deficient due to lack of sunlight and don’t even know it. I had my Vitamin D levels checked during my routine blood work and what do you know, my levels are extremely low and I have to take a supplement. Almost so low that my doctor wanted to prescribe a super dose but instead told me to take 1,000 IU  of Vitamin D3 daily.

"Natures Way Alive Once Daily Womens Multi Vitamin-Ultra Potency"

The funny thing is that I used to take a daily multivitamin, a very good one at that which contains the amount of Vitamin D that I need. I haven’t taken it in about 8 months at first due to forgetting and then I felt that I eat well enough so it wasn’t important. Boy was I wrong and if I had been taking my Vitamins I probably would not be Vitamin D deficient right now. Anyway here is my vitamin that I take. It is a whole food multivitamin with 26 fruits and veggies, high potency B-vitamins plus nutrients to support breast health, and more importantly for me right now it has 1,000 IU of Vitamin D3. It also has a nice blend of supplements for hair, skin and nails. It is a great multivitamin specifically made for meeting our needs as women.

Label Info

Take 1 tablet daily, preferably with food. As with any supplement, if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication, consult your doctor before use. Not formulated for children. Do not exceed recommended use.

Serving Size: 1 Tablet Amount/Serving %DV
Vitamin A (50% [3,750 IU] as vitamin A acetate and 50% [3,750 IU] as beta carotene) 7,500IU 150%

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 120mg 200%

Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol) 1,000IU 250%

Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate) 100IU 333%

Vitamin K (as phytonadione) 100mcg 125%

Thiamin (as thiamin mononitrate) 25mg 1,667%

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 25mg 1,471%

Niacin (as niacinamide) 50mg 250%

Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl) 40mg 2,000%

Folic Acid 800mcg 200%

Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin) 100mcg 1,667%

Biotin 325mcg 108%

Pantothenic Acid (as d-calcium pantothenate) 40mg 400%

Calcium (from Aquamin® calcified mineral source Red Algae Lithothamnion sp. [whole plant]) 200mg 20%

Iron (as ferrous fumarate) 18mg 100%

Iodine (as potassium iodide) 150mcg 100%

Magnesium (from Aquamin® calcified mineral source Red Algae Lithothamnion sp. [whole plant], as oxide) 100mg 25%

Zinc (as zinc oxide) 15mg 100%

Selenium (as sodium selenate) 250mcg 357%

Copper (as copper sulfate) 2mg 100%

Manganese (as manganese sulfate) 5mg 250%

Chromium (as chromium picolinate) 250mcg 208%

Molybdenum (as sodium molybdate) 75mcg 100%

Orchard Fruits Blend
Pomegranate (seed); Acai Extract (whole palm fruit); Juice Powders; Grape; Plum; Cranberry; Blueberry; Strawberry; Blackberry; Bilberry; Cherry; Apricot; Papaya; Orange; Pineapple
30mg *

Garden Veggies Juice Powder Blend:
Parsley; Kale; Spinach; Wheat Grass; Brussels Sprout; Asparagus; Broccoli; Cauliflower; Beet; Carrot; Cabbage; Garlic
30mg *

Cardiovascular Blend with Resveratrol
Hawthorn (berry); Japanese Knotweed standardized to 50% resveratrol; Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone)
20mg *

CranRx Urinary Anti-Adherence 100% Whole Cranberry fruit solids (Early Black variety) standardized to PACs (proanthocyanidins) 20mg *

Hair, Skin & Nail Blend with MSM
Horsetail grass (stem, leaf); Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM); Tru-OPCs grape seed extract standardized to 95% antioxidants (65% oligomeric procyanidins [OPCs], 30% other active polyphenols)
20mg *

Flax Lignan Blend with SDG Lignans
High lignan flax fiber (seed); Flax lignan extract (seed hulls) standardized to 20% secoisolariciresinol diglycoside (SDG) lignans
20mg *

Green Food/Spirulina Blend
Spirulina (microalgae); Kelp/Bladderwrack (whole thallus); Alfalfa (leaf, stem); Barley Grass (grass); Dandelion (leaf); Wheat Grass (grass); Melissa (leaf); Lemon Grass (grass); Nettle (leaf); Blessed Thistle (stem, leaf, flower); Chlorella (broken-cell microalgae); Plantain (leaf); Blue Green Algae (microalgae); Cilantro (leaf)
20mg *

Organic Mushroom Defense Blend
Cordyceps; Reishi; Shiitake; Hiratake; Maitake; Yamabushitake; Himematsutake; Kawaratake; Chaga; Zhu Ling; Agarikon; Mesima
20mg *

Digestive Enzyme Blend:
Concentrated Enzyme formula: (Protease I, Protease II, Peptizyme SP, Amylase, Lactase, Invertase, Lipase, Cellulase, Alpha Galactosidase); Betaine HCl; Bromelain (from pineapple); Papain (from papaya)
20mg *

Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex (from lemon, orange, grapefruit, lime, tangerine) providing; Hesperidin, Naringin, Narirutin, Eriocitrin, Flavonols and Flavones 20mg *

Choline (as choline bitartrate) 10mg *

Inositol 10mg *

Rutin 5mg *

Boron (as amino acid chelate) 1mg *

Lutein (from marigold) 500mcg *

This product does not contain

  • artificial coloring
  • artificial flavoring
  • dairy products
  • preservatives
  • salt
  • sugar
  • wheat
  • yeast

Other Ingredients: Vegetable stearic acid, Cellulose, Vegetable modified cellulose gum, Vegetable magnesium stearate, Vegetable modified cellulose, Silica, Vegetable glycerin

Make sure that you check your Vitamin D levels as deficiency can pose serious health risk such as Rickets, increased risk of death from Cardiovascular Disease, severe asthma and even Cancer. So get your levels checked as soon as possible and don’t forget to take your vitamins!



When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.



  1. 10.18.2011 / 12:21 pm

    Great post! my husband actually had to tan when he was in the army because he suffered from Seasonal affective disorder or [Winter Depression] the fake sunlight significantly improved his moods I wonder if Vitamin D would have helped.

    • Mz More
      10.18.2011 / 12:42 pm

      It probably would have as SAD has been linked to a lack of Vitamin D, but it is good that the artificial light helped. Some people don’t realize that SAD is a common disorder with real symptoms.

  2. 10.18.2011 / 2:37 pm

    Vit. D deficiency is commonly experienced by people living in countries that have 4 seasons, especially during winter/cold seasons. But most people don’t realize that, and it’s pretty alarming, especially for those who have calcium deficiency as well, as Vit. D helps the body absorb calcium.

    It’s great that you featured this multivitamin, and did this post. It’s really helpful to women over there in the Northern hemisphere 🙂


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    • Mz More
      10.18.2011 / 2:50 pm

      You are so right because I had no clue, my doctor suggested that we check. I always say check everything to make sure that all is good with my health but never thought about Vitamin D. My son was slightly deficient as well but nothing his multivitamin can’t help, and not bad like me.

      I felt it was really important to post this as just like I had no clue I know there may be many others just like me. This is a fashion and beauty blog but beauty starts from the inside out and health is always first! 🙂

  3. Amija
    10.18.2011 / 4:05 pm

    This is a great post. I actually went to the doctor a couple of months ago and found out that I have osteopenia which is a precursor to osteoporosis. They often don’t tell black women that we can get osteoporosis too so Vitamin D is very important to us as well.

    • Mz More
      10.18.2011 / 4:26 pm

      Yes, Vitamin D is imperative in Calcium absorption so if you are deficient in Vitamin D your body can’t absorb the Calcium necessary for strong bones. Glad you caught it before it actually turned into Osteoporosis hon.

  4. Ke
    10.20.2011 / 4:11 am

    This is such a great post and I don’t think many ppl know just how serious and common vit d deficiency can be, esp in AA. I recently had a physical and my vit d was a 21, and my Dr. said it should be between 60-80. So Im on 50,000 UN prescription vitamin D. And dont think it’s just a Northeast problem, I live in South Florida. I’m the “Sunshine State” and Im still deficient. Also many ppl don’t know that being vit d deficient can cause sleeping problems such as inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and waking up feeling tired and sore. All of which I deal with (hint why I am up surfing the net after 4 am lol) So ladies please make sure to check your vitamin d!

    • Mz More
      10.20.2011 / 6:55 am

      Wow I would never have thought that you would have this issue living in the sunshine state. Now that you mention the sleep issues, that is probably the source of my problem. I suffer from insomnia really bad and when I do sleep I wake up every few hours. No matter how much sleep I get, I feel like I’ve been up all night. I’m fighting right now to get out of my bed a whole half hour late after tossing and turning all night lol

  5. Isabella Petrie
    02.26.2012 / 10:17 pm

    I has read somewhere that vitamin D-3 4000 IU a day for adults is best for your immune system also which I’ve been taking for the last 6 months. I usually get 2-3 sinus infections a year and have not gotten sick at all so far this winter.

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