Calcium Support from Vitamin D Calcium, the bone mineral, does not work alone. It depends on vitamin D to efficiently maintain bone health. Without enough vitamin D, the body cannot absorb enough calcium to meet its needs, so it begins to break down bone in order to access calcium stores. This leads to bone disorders such as osteoporosis. Are You at Risk for Deficiency? The body synthesizes vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure, but this is not enough to meet the body’s requirements. Studies have found that large portions of the population are vitamin D deficient, especially in northern latitudes. While elderly people are most at risk, deficiency can be a problem in all age groups. Besides bone disorders, vitamin D insufficiency is linked to muscle weakness, PMS, mood imbalances, immune disorders, cardiovascular and cognitive disorders and more. A True Vegan Vitamin D3 Most supplemental vitamin D3 comes from sheep wool. Until now, the only vegetarian option has been vitamin D2, which is normally sourced from soy. Introducing AOR’s truly vegan, non-soy vitamin D3 sustainably sourced from lichen: another first from AOR in Canada.