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  • How should I tackle Vitamin D deficiency?

    My Vit D level is 10 ng/l. Should I take 50K once a week or 10K every day? And do I have to supplement with other vitamins/minerals?

    I'd really like to avoid any potential side effects so I want to get the dosage down right.

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    Best to take 10,000 IUs every day. Make sure you are taking an oil-based gel cap, like Carlson's Solar Gems or NOW brand. Make sure to re-test in 3-4 months. Make sure you are getting sufficient A, K, calcium and magnesium either via diet or supplements. More info in this very long Vitamin D thread.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
      Best to take 10,000 IUs every day. Make sure you are taking an oil-based gel cap, like Carlson's Solar Gems or NOW brand. Make sure to re-test in 3-4 months. Make sure you are getting sufficient A, K, calcium and magnesium either via diet or supplements. More info in this very long Vitamin D thread.
      Thank you.

      I actually have a bottle of dry tablets for the time being. Can I take it with some coconut oil? It just needs the fat to absorb, no?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by inter View Post
        Thank you.

        I actually have a bottle of dry tablets for the time being. Can I take it with some coconut oil? It just needs the fat to absorb, no?
        For some, they will work, for others, they will have no effect. D is cheap. I'd toss it and get an oil based gel cap from iherb.com. Or the drops. I really like nature's answer D3 drops. My links have some info.



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        • #5
          Originally posted by cillakat View Post
          I really like nature's answer D3 drops.
          I second this. I literally spent over two years trying to get my Vitamin D levels up. I took prescription D2 (worked, but then my levels plunged between doses), at least 5 brands of D3 (got my levels up to 28 ng/ml which was better but not high enough), and even went to a tanning bed.

          I finally switched to the Nature's answer D3 drops and poof - after 3 months my D3 is at the very top of the normal! My only complaint is they recently switched the bottles from droppers to some ridiculous shaker system. I have to buy eye droppers now to get a decent dose.

          Good luck!
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          • #6
            I agree the best vitamin D to take is iether the liquid drops or the gel caps 10,000 ius a day is good

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            • #7
              inter,
              Cillikat & Dragonfly are RIGHT ON. Get rid of your dry capsules & get the right kind of Gel Tabs. Wife & I are both on 10,000 IU Daily and out 25(oh)D blood tests just came back in the optimal range recommended by the Vitamin D Council of 50 to 80 ng/ml.

              This is soooo VITALLY IMPORTANT to your health. Don't be penny pinching about it.
              Here is why:
              http://www.naturalnews.com/z028357_v...eficiency.html

              For more on Vitamin D3 see my Vitamin D3 Research Report below,
              Grizz
              Last edited by Grizz; 01-27-2011, 04:23 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by inter View Post
                My Vit D level is 10 ng/l. Should I take 50K once a week or 10K every day? And do I have to supplement with other vitamins/minerals?

                I'd really like to avoid any potential side effects so I want to get the dosage down right.
                What did your doctor recommend? My level was 16 ng/l and I am taking 50,000 IU twice a week and I am thinking I will take 1,000 or 2 IU everyday with it (even though that wasn't suggested) and then after 3 months I will take 5,000 IU daily (even though 2,000 IU is what is usually recommended). I am consistently low and living in the Pacific Northwest so I personally don't think 5,000 IU is going to be too much. I have heard from a doctor that once your body is saturated it can be easy to take too much. I don't think I agree, but just something I heard.

                One more thing to add ... my prescription for 50,000 IU tabs was $20 for 8 pills (bogus) plus this time they are powder instead of gel (also bogus) and before I got the full three months of gel caps for $15. I am thinking of skipping the next prescription bottle and ordering gel caps. Can't I take 50,000 IU that way and save a bunch of money??
                Last edited by healthy11; 01-27-2011, 06:30 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jammies View Post
                  I second this. I literally spent over two years trying to get my Vitamin D levels up. I took prescription D2 (worked, but then my levels plunged between doses), at least 5 brands of D3 (got my levels up to 28 ng/ml which was better but not high enough), and even went to a tanning bed.

                  I finally switched to the Nature's answer D3 drops and poof - after 3 months my D3 is at the very top of the normal! My only complaint is they recently switched the bottles from droppers to some ridiculous shaker system. I have to buy eye droppers now to get a decent dose.

                  Good luck!
                  Just looked up the now D3 drops... there is quite a difference between the now brand and Carlson brand. $5.51 for Now (60 ml) and Carlson Lab $20 (10 ml).

                  One drop of Carlson is 2,000 IU and there are 365 drops. Now is 400 IU for 4 drops and there are 5,000 drops. (full dropper = 5,000 IU)

                  Thanks for the info... I am going to get the Carlson Labs today!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by healthy11 View Post
                    What did your doctor recommend? My level was 16 ng/l and I am taking 50,000 IU twice a week and I am thinking I will take 1,000 or 2 IU everyday with it (even though that wasn't suggested) and then after 3 months I will take 5,000 IU daily (even though 2,000 IU is what is usually recommended). I am consistently low and living in the Pacific Northwest so I personally don't think 5,000 IU is going to be too much. I have heard from a doctor that once your body is saturated it can be easy to take too much. I don't think I agree, but just something I heard.

                    One more thing to add ... my prescription for 50,000 IU tabs was $20 for 8 pills (bogus) plus this time they are powder instead of gel (also bogus) and before I got the full three months of gel caps for $15. I am thinking of skipping the next prescription bottle and ordering gel caps. Can't I take 50,000 IU that way and save a bunch of money??
                    Healthy11,
                    NO you cannot take those 50,000 IU supplements. They are Vitamin D2 and D2 is simply UNACCEPTABLE.
                    "Vitamin D2 is only 10% to 30% as efficient as D3, not suitable." Please read this link carefully:
                    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...itamin-d2.html

                    Vitamin D3 Geltabs are so inexpensive, why do you insist on being so CHEAP? It is your health that you are screwing around with. What part of Cillakat & Dragonfly's & my own messages did you not understand ? Please go back and re-read those messages.

                    Go out & buy the 5,000 IU Geltabs. A bottle is only $4 at Walmart. Or get the ones that Cillakat & Dragonfly told you about.

                    Sorry, but YOU SEEM TO BE WASTING OUR TIME. . . . I suggest you DO AS YOU ARE TOLD . . . .

                    Grizz
                    Last edited by Grizz; 01-27-2011, 08:20 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Grizz View Post
                      Healthy11,
                      NO you cannot take those 50,000 IU supplements. They are Vitamin D2 and D2 is simply UNACCEPTABLE.
                      "Vitamin D2 is only 10% to 30% as efficient as D3, not suitable." Please read this link carefully:
                      http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/20...itamin-d2.html

                      Vitamin D3 Geltabs are so inexpensive, why do you insist on being so CHEAP? It is your health that you are screwing around with. What part of Cillakat & Dragonfly's & my own messages did you not understand ? Please go back and re-read those messages.

                      Go out & buy the 5,000 IU Geltabs. A bottle is only $4 at Walmart. Or get the ones that Cillakat & Dragonfly told you about.

                      Sorry, but YOU SEEM TO BE WASTING OUR TIME. . . . I suggest you DO AS YOU ARE TOLD . . . .

                      Grizz
                      Dude... I am really confused by your response here. I never said I wasn't going to do as I am told and the vitamin D prescription I got is D3. I simply said I was going to take 1-2,000 IU daily in addition to the 50,000 IU twice a week. I'm also not cheap... I was stating how much my presciption cost in comparison to buying over the counter and I was simply stating the difference in pricing between the two brands and breaking down the difference as to help others. Plus, I said I am going to order the one that was suggested. If I am wasting your time, then why did you reply and you might want to read a little bit more closely before you tell someone off. Get off your high horse.

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                      • #12
                        Thank you Dragonfly and Cillikat for the info!

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                        • #13
                          I take Country Life D3. It is in a softgel which also contains MCT oil, same as coconut/palm oil. Very good product.

                          My level was 7 one year ago. I am due for a re-test.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Grizz View Post
                            Sorry, but YOU SEEM TO BE WASTING OUR TIME. . . . I suggest you DO AS YOU ARE TOLD . . . .
                            Dude, calm your ass down. You're starting to sound like some kind of whackjob. Also, I know you're in love with Dr. Davis and everything but the man isn't the beginning and end of all wisdom. If you really want to present yourself as well-researched, the sum total of your knowledge shouldn't all come from just one guy's blog.

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