Review: Nature’s Bounty Brand Vitamin D

by on August 9th, 2010
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A couple months ago, I went to the doctor for a physical and found I had high blood pressure; something that wasn’t completely unexpected considering it runs in my family. When my doctor prescribed Vitamin D pills for this ailment, I was skeptical. But, so far at least, that prescription does seem to be working.

I recently needed to go to Walgreen’s for a re-fill. Since it was a prescription, I expected them to just give me the regular generic pills I normally get. However, they happened to have a sale on over the counter Vitamin D from the Nature’s Bounty brand and filled my prescription with that instead (something I appreciated because, even though it is for a legitimate health reason, my insurance won’t cover it and I’m paying out of pocket).

At first, I was OK with this because I figured there couldn’t possibly be a difference. However, even though there are some things I like about this brand, I have to admit, I think I liked the generic pharmacy version better.

As far as my health is concerned, I haven’t noticed any difference between this and what I was getting from the pharmacy; based mostly on the fact my blood pressure is still in the normal range when I test it. And, even though I was a bit concerned about this (because it normally happens when I start taking something for the first time), the pills did not upset my stomach.

In fact, my only real complaint about this product is the pills themselves and the gel-like form they come in. At first, I thought this was a good thing because they were actually easier for me to swallow (and, that’s a big deal since I have major issues swallowing pills). But, one of the drawbacks is they tend to stick together and to the bottom of the bottle they come in. I know this doesn’t sound like a big deal. But, as a result of this, I have had issues getting them out without dropping some of them and, when you factor in not all of them (even with the 5 second rule) can’t be saved, that does cut into the value quite a bit. As I said before, I have to pay for these out of pocket. I don’t like wasting them.

Since this was on sale when I had my prescriptions filled and, at the time at least, I saved some money, I’m willing to live with the inconvenience. But, I would not pay full price for these.

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