Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Vitamin D oral sprays vs pills vs drops

Dear Dr. Walt,

Are vitamin D oral sprays more effective than vitamin D pills or drops? And, as to the oral forms, do you recommend vitamin D in the dry pill form or the oil capsules? Is one better than the other?

—Vitamin D Deficient in Delaware

Dear Undersupplied,

There are several vitamin D oral sprays marketed. According to ConsumerLab.com, they can be as effective as a pill or liquid drop and there is preliminary evidence suggesting they may be more effective than a pill in people with certain malabsorption conditions. However, for the vast majority of folks, the oral sprays are a waste of money as they tend to be more far more expensive. In my opinion, oral sprays are not worth the cost.

The most important thing to remember about taking vitamin D orally is not whether it’s dry or in oil, but that you take it with the largest meal of the day, as that can increase absorption by about 30 to 50%. However, if you can’t take it with food, the experts at ConsumerLab.com say, “the oil form may be slightly better.” The capsules containing oil are all referred to as “softgels” in the U.S.


This Q&A was originally published in the May 2015 edition of Today’s Christian Living.

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