While writing a recent post, the thought occurred as to what the cost would be for the entire population to obtain their vitamin D3 through supplementation. Obviously, this is not the best way to obtain vitamin D3, naturally from the sun, but it helps to think about the cost/benefit of vitamin D3. If the entire population were replete in vitamin D3, it would impact the medical economy by hundreds of billions of dollars. It would also improve the general economy by productive increase from the wellness.
The least expensive price that I could fine on the web is a company called Vitalady, Inc. The company was founded for the purpose of helping obesity surgery patients maintain nutritional balance for a healthy life. Their pricing is very reasonable for all of the nutrients that they provide.
To determine what the cost would for a replete population, I decided to use 7000 to 7500 IU of vitamin D3 per day. This is a ‘middle of the road’ amount. At Grass Roots Health, their research has found that the population needs 9600 IU per day to achieve their desired goal of a serum level above 40 ng/ml for 25(OH)D. I have assumed the normal person would get around 2000 IU per day from the sun and other sources like food fortification as a first approximation.
To supplement once per day using Vitalady brand Tender Dry Vitamin D3 5000 IU 250 count would require three capsules every two days (one and then two every other day). The cost for this product is $14.80 for a cost of $0.089 per day or $32.50 per year which works out to about 9.7 billion for the entire population for a year. Tender Dry is manufactured by Bio Tech Pharmacal for distribution by Vitalady, Inc.
If we use Tender Dry Vitamin D3 50,000 IU 100 count, we would require one capsule per week to achieve about 7000 IU per day. The cost of this product is $23.75 and would represent a two year supply or $11.87 per year. This would then require 3.6 billion dollars to get the entire population replete.
So for less than three and half cents per day, you can become vitamin D replete. What is even more amazing is that the entire population can become replete for less than four billion dollars. How much is four billion in the grand scheme. For production of Tamaflu, the US spent seven billion dollars to stockpile enough for a year. Not only would you get protection from the flu for the entire population with D3, you most likely would reduce all chronic disease by at least fifty percent if not more – a truly well population.
This is a goal worth pursuing. Please try to be replete with vitamin D3. About 40 IU per pound of body weight per day of D3 should allow you to reach the goal set by Grass Roots Health for a healthy serum level. (full disclosure – I have no association with Vitalady, other than to inform them that I was going to highlight their website for the least expensive vitamin D that I could find) – Pandemic Survivor
Vet-grade Vitamin D: $48 million for the entire US for a year.
Cow owners use really low cost vitamin D
Vitamin D costs the owner $1/cow for an entire year for a dose rate which is effectively 10,000 IU for a normal weight human.
Since a person weighs about 1/5 that of a cow, the cost of 7,000 IU of vitamin D would be about 16 cents per year (vet grade)
Thus the cost of vet-grade vitamin D for the entire US population would be approximately
$9.7 billion* ($0.16/$32) = $48 million