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.
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.
Originally Posted by Dragonfly
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.
Originally Posted by inter
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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.
Originally Posted by cillakat
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.
I agree the best vitamin D to take is iether the liquid drops or the gel caps 10,000 ius a day is good
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:
For more on Vitamin D3 see my Vitamin D3 Research Report below,
Last edited by Grizz; 01-27-2011 at 04:23 AM.
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.
Originally Posted by inter
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 at 06:30 AM.
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).
Originally Posted by jammies
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!
Originally Posted by 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:
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 . . . .
Last edited by Grizz; 01-27-2011 at 08:20 AM.