Vitamin D and health in adults in Australia and New Zealand

Caryl A Nowson and Rebecca S Mason
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10432
Published online: 16 September 2013

In reply: People requiring a purely vegetarian source of vitamin D should use vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), which is produced by ultraviolet irradiation of the plant sterol ergosterol, and not vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), which is derived from animal sources.

  • Caryl A Nowson1
  • Rebecca S Mason2

  • 1 School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Department of Physiology, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

Rebecca Mason has received remuneration from the Australian Mushroom Growers’ Association.


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