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    Ok, so I get a call from the doctors office, with all the blood tests I had the only thing she called me on is my Vitamin D, this is normal for me living in Canada and all....I do take it but not on a regular basis...is there an amount I should start with and some way to absorb it better; I know its fat soluble . Is there a brand that is better than the rest?

    Thanks

  • #2
    I like Carlson's Solar D Gems. All natural sources. Cheap on iherb.com.

    Take early-ish int he day with food for best absorption.

    If your blood level is below 50 nmol/L, then I would take 8,000 IUs (these come in 2,000 & 4,000 IU gel caps) for 3 months & get re-tested.

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    • #3
      My n=1 (personal experience) is that it took me supplementing up to 10,000 IU per day for several months just to get my levels up into the 40s from below 20! I took it in liquid form, from a dropper, and mixed it in the water I drank with breakfast.
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      • #4
        Hey grok,

        I second Dragonfly's suggestion to look to iherb.com. In Canada, you won't find any vit D in dosages higher than 1000iu, and taking 10 tablets a day is asspain. Most of the drops I've found have questionable carrier oils, too. The other dosage recommends here are solid...I brought my own levels up from the 30's to 110 in about 3 months over this past winter with 6000iu/day.

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        • #5
          I took 15,000 a day for a few months to get it up to 60. Now I just take 10,000 a day to keep it high.
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          • #6
            I had to take 6000 a day to get it from the 30's to the mid 60's. Taking 4000 a day for maintenance.

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            • #7
              Another 10,000/day person here.
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              • #8
                Canada doesnt have sun?

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                • #9
                  50,000 twice a week for 12 weeks then 1,000 per day

                  This is the second time I've had to do this and I live in the sunny Southeast.

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                  • #10
                    I got you all beat LOL

                    i went from 16 to 110 in three weeks. I dont play around with this :-)

                    100,000 iU daily till i got my 2 million in.

                    That was soo 2011 now i just take powder twice a week 100K iU bought in bulk.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lemontwisst View Post
                      Hey grok,

                      I second Dragonfly's suggestion to look to iherb.com. In Canada, you won't find any vit D in dosages higher than 1000iu, and taking 10 tablets a day is asspain. Most of the drops I've found have questionable carrier oils, too. The other dosage recommends here are solid...I brought my own levels up from the 30's to 110 in about 3 months over this past winter with 6000iu/day.
                      Your doctor may be able to prescribe a dose of 50,000 - 100,000 IU. They can run a calculation based on your blood test and weight to see how often you take them and for how long, before switching you to a maintenance dose.

                      Keep in mind they are discovering Vitamin D cofactors that the skin produce from the fun and other very good reasons to get your vitamin D from the sun. So once you have good sun again you should try to get as much of it as you can; Vitamin D and some of the cofactors, can be stored in the body for several months. This is one area where living like a Paleo man / woman may require some imagination, you need to outside with as few clothes on as possible for at least 5-10 hours per week.

                      You can download an Excel spreadsheet Vitamin D calculator from here. You'll need your latitude which you can get from here.

                      Improving your Vitamin D levels might be the single best thing you can do for your health.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Zach View Post
                          Canada doesnt have sun?
                          Depends on where you are...but here in Alberta, a sunny day usually means it's -30C with a howling wind. Who wants to go out in that?

                          Okay, so it's not like that *all* the time, but the farther north you get the lower the sun sits in the sky, even at its peak, which means less UV...which means less vit D production.

                          And there are plenty of places north of here where it's twilight-dark 24 hours a day for four months straight

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                          • #14
                            I get about 30 min of sun exposure/day at least, with full clothes on. In early winter, I had my levels checked and it was 48. This was when I was dosing about 3x/week of 5,000IU of D3.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Zach View Post
                              Canada doesnt have sun?
                              Basically, no!

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