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    Hello everyone,

    I've been a long time reader, but finally decided to join in on the discussion .

    I've recently had my vitamin D levels tested, and, not surprisingly, found out they were a bit low (a level of 32). Prior to that for a few months I've been, almost daily, taking 5,000 IU a day of this brand:

    Amazon.com: Vitamin D3 5000 IU, 360 Mini Softgels (GMO-free, Preservative-free, Soy-free, USP Grade Natural Vitamin D in Organic Olive Oil): Health & Personal Care

    Now, I don't know if my levels were even lower before, or whether this particular brand does not work very well. So, I wanted to see if anyone here has any experience with it? It seems like the best rated D3 on Amazon, but now I am a little suspicious.

    Also, I keep hearing Carlson being mentioned as a good brand. If my current brand is no good, I am thinking of switching over. However, Carlson has regular D3, and also, "Solar D". It appears Solar D is just D3 in fish oil. Am I right or this something else? It's a bit difficult to find detailed information on this.

    Thank you!

  • #2
    Greetings Quikky-

    I can you tell what I use. I take New Chapter's Men's 1 daily multi which provides 1000 IU of Vit D. For extra supplementation I take "Nature's Answer, Vitamin D-3 Drops, 4000 IU, 15 ml." I like to take liquids if I can (I do for Omega 3 fish oil). Anyway, this is Vit D in Olive Oil and so simple. 1 drop = 2000 IU, 2 drop = 4000 etc. I take the multi vitamin daily plus a drop or 2 of this Natures Answer.

    First year (2 years ago) I had my Vit D checked I was at about 45 Mg/Dl. After a year of this I got up to 90 Mg/Dl. I back off in the summer since I get a lot of sun.

    This Natures Answer bottle lasts at least 6 months and it's just a delicious drop of Olive Oil. Can't go wrong in my book!

    Here it is-

    Nature's Answer, Vitamin D-3 Drops, 4000 IU, 15 ml - iHerb.com

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    • #3
      I like a brand called Natural Factors. Vitamin D3 is always going to be in an oil base of some sort, and 99% of the time it's soybean oil. I like the Natural Factors brand because the oil they use is organic flaxseed oil. Not that a tiny drop of oil makes a real difference, but the price is the same either way, so no reason not to get the better option.

      And yes you're correct, "Solar D" is just Carlson's name for their product which combines vitamin D with a small amount of cod liver oil (the vitamin D in it is cholecalciferol, same as any other vitamin D3 product).

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      • #4
        Originally posted by quikky View Post
        I keep hearing Carlson being mentioned as a good brand. If my current brand is no good, I am thinking of switching over.
        Well, I used Now Foods D3 5000IU caps for 6 month, got tested, then after hearing Rob Wolf's recommendation I've switched to
        Carlson liquid D drops 4000IU (2 drops a day) for 6 months and in result Vitamin D levels dropped from 57 to 42ng/dL comparing to Now Foods.
        Also as I see Carlson D drops are now discontinued.

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        • #5
          I use nutrigold 5000iu. I take 2/day, they're very small. My doctor flipped when I told her how much I was taking and insisted on testing my blood levels, sure I was overdosing on it. Levels were fine. In your face, doctor lady!

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          • #6
            I use Nature's Bounty D3 (10,000 IU) and it seems to be working.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by seashells View Post
              I use nutrigold 5000iu. I take 2/day, they're very small. My doctor flipped when I told her how much I was taking and insisted on testing my blood levels, sure I was overdosing on it. Levels were fine. In your face, doctor lady!
              Have you noticed your vitamin D levels increase while using it? Thanks.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by quikky View Post
                Have you noticed your vitamin D levels increase while using it? Thanks.
                I don't know what my numbers were before I started taking it, and I don't have my results in front of me, but she said they were perfectly healthy numbers. I noticed a difference when taking it though. Definitely more peppy and I don't get the afternoon sleepies. But that might just be eating well in general.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by seashells View Post
                  My doctor flipped when I told her how much I was taking and insisted on testing my blood levels, sure I was overdosing on it.
                  Seashells, do you know what level would be considered 'overdosing'? I have been low D for ages but my last blood panel showed I was up to 125nmoL (from 70-something three months previous) after having started on 6000IU/day.

                  I also thought Vit D was relatively safe and not something that could be overdosed on...??

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                  • #10
                    To OP - I'm currently taking 1000IU tablets that I picked up at Costco (Kirkland brand) but taking 6 a day is getting tedious so in the interest of cutting down the handful of supplements I gulp down each morning I just ordered Healthy Origins 5000IU softgels. Weird true fact - it's not possible to find Vitamin D supplements that have more than 1000IU per 'serving' in Canada. Thank goodness for online commerce!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lemontwisst View Post
                      To OP - I'm currently taking 1000IU tablets that I picked up at Costco (Kirkland brand) but taking 6 a day is getting tedious so in the interest of cutting down the handful of supplements I gulp down each morning I just ordered Healthy Origins 5000IU softgels. Weird true fact - it's not possible to find Vitamin D supplements that have more than 1000IU per 'serving' in Canada. Thank goodness for online commerce!
                      Doesn't the Costco stuff have soybean oil in it? I was only considering brands that use olive oil, or fish oil.

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                      • #12
                        Thank goodness for online commerce!

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                        • #13
                          I like Carlsons Solar D Gems. Cheap on I herb.com. Raised my levels perfectly.
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                          • #14
                            ...IMO by far the best, Life Extension Vitamin D 3 liquid drops

                            The reason, liquid emulsion. At 2000iu per drop, and approx 975 drops per bottle, the bottle will last the better part of a year (I taper down to 2-3 drops in the summer, then 5 drops/day from about Nov-April). Blood levels constantly sit at 100 for me. YMMV of course...hebs

                            Save $10 on first iherb order over $40 -- HEB596

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                            This is another REALLY good brand (also emulsified). I don't use it because of a Sesame seed allergy though.

                            Biotics Research Corporation, Bio-D-Mulsion Forte, (Emulsified Vitamin D)

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                            And a great pairing if you're doing the VitD is of course Vitamin K

                            Carlson Labs, Vitamin K2, 5 mg

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                            • #15
                              Speaking of vitamin K, does anyone know the optimal ratio of D to K?

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