A recent scientific review by Serbian scientists may finally bring an end to the debate over whether or not any meaningful difference exists between the respective impact of the two forms of vitamin D on a person's health.
The review, which looked at the aggregate of 50 different clinical trials involving a combined 94,000 participants, concluded that Vitamin D3 helps to significantly reduce mortality rate among elderly women, and that Vitamin D2 and the active metabolites alfacalcidol and calcitriol had no such effect.
The study, which was disproportionately centered around elderly women, found that among the group that consumed daily vitamin D3 supplements over a period of several years, there was an overall 6% reduction in the mortality rate compared to the group that did not ingest vitamin D supplements during the same period. The study also found that the reduction in mortality rate could only be observed among those women who took vitamin D3 specifically. Other forms of vitamin D including D2, alfacalcidol and calcitriol (active metabolites)
The lead scientist overseeing the review was Goran Bjelakovic, MD, of the University of Nis in Serbia.
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