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Old 03-08-2011, 09:38 AM   #1
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How much Vitamin D3?

I just had a Vit D Hydroxy blood test done and my results came in low at a 17. What is the normal healthy rnage? By doc now has me on 4,000 units of D-3 a day along with a multi vitamin. Im taking 2 / 2,000 units of D-3beacuse I couldn't find anything in a single 4,000 unit. 4,000 units seems like alot of vitamin D for a day? Or does it not? This was discovered at my annual doc appt. Any input is appreciated. Thank you.

 
Old 03-14-2011, 01:25 PM   #2
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Re: How much Vitamin D3?

It's a perfectly safe dosage. In fact, I would say its a little low considering where your vitamin D level is.

 
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Re: How much Vitamin D3?

You can safely take 5000 IU's of D3 daily. My D is above mid normal range after taking the 5000, but I continue taking 3000 IU's daily.

 
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Re: How much Vitamin D3?

Generaly you take a highish dose (such as 4000iu per day, upto 10000iu per day) for 3 months or so to get your levels up, then a smaller dose (say 1000iu a day) to keep them in the normal range.

Taking 1000iu per day, plus a multivitamin with 400iu, should provide plenty to keep you healthy once the deficiency is ciorrected.
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Re: How much Vitamin D3?

im surprised your doctor didnt give you the 50,000 unit pill.Once a week. 17 is very very low. I was 22 and they gave me a perscription. I now take 4000i.u a day. And check your blood kevels in like six months to see if improoved.

 
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itburns2004: Did you notice any difference once your levels started to get to where they should be? Ive been having terrible digestive problems (gastritis, gerd, burning gnawng stomach, bile reflux, etc.) and just overall tired for a L O N G time. I wonder if the low level D could be a culprit?

 
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Not really.I was hoping to notice.I feel the same.I have had and a bad stomach as well. I did hear it can take at least a year for the body to recover.I think where there is one defiency there is more.I also get b12 shots, those I can tell work. I still think it's best to raise the levels to normal because it help your bodies immune system. I was told that because i was on aciphex for the gerd that it has side effects, it inhibits absorpbtion. Which makes total sense. these gerd medicines stop absorption on various vitamins. Its a difficult cycle. My doctor is surprisingly aware of all this now and he does check a lot of my levels. I am also hormonally embalanced, a gift of peri menapause. So, whether i can tell or not i would still do it. Also, if you have the patience and endurance a candida diet would probably help you a lot. I have experiemented with that by taking nystain pills and at time diflucan and after the die effect of the yeast passed (cause you feel much worse at first) that did work and I felt so good for about a year, but it was so hard to maintain it I stopped. Make sure the D3 pills you do take are gel caps, the others are useless. Make sure you also take 250mg of magnesium at night before bed (away from any and all other perscription) and go get a good multivitamin (powder or liquid..your bad stomach will probably never absorb the hard pill kind) there is emergen-c packets(i use) sold everywhere and a lot of choices when you begin to search it. I do not know the best one at this time. I know your levels were checked but if your b12 is below 400 ask your doctor for a b12 injection..explain you want to see if there is a difference. b12 is a lovely energy booster. You can get b12 sublingually in the store but i have found the injections did make a major change in my life. It is like we all need to be our own doctors today. There is a book called nutritional test, i think by cass ingram. That was a very useful book after i pateintly took every quiz in the book it did point me in the right direction.Reality is our foods are no longer enriched with vitamins and microwaves ruin foods, so no one is really getting what they need like they did so long ago.It just requires A LOT of patience and time to do it right and a willing doctor to run all the bloodwork. Alternative doctore will run tons of tests, but they are so expensive and usually not even covered by insurance.Anyway. Good luck you seem to be on the right path and seem smart that you have already realized your body is in need.

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It is so much work isnt it? It would be nice if there was a valid blood test to run and it popped out your defiencies and had a lab to make up the supllements you actually need. I actually once saw a web site claiming this but never followed up. So many people swear by the juicing. If you have a bad stomach be very careful, it hurts ( i was warned about that from an alternative doctor cause it was making me quite ill in my gut). I also think it is very important to be sure your supplements balance each other, which i am sure you already know. This is my biggest problem..balancing the supllements and eating correctly. We live in a world of instant gratification so most of the foods are processed and quick fixes, we have made a mess out of nutrition. cujos to you that you take the time to eat right and go organic. That was quit uplifting to hear.

 
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Re: How much Vitamin D3?

Jenj770: Is there a special test for this or do you just ask them to test for vitamins? Do you know exactly which ones they test for. This is the first physical where my doc tested me for vitamin D deficiency. She also tested me for Gluten intolerance at the same time. She knows Im having problems with my digestive system and seeing a GI specialist and recently having flare ups. Maybe this is why she decided to test for Vit D deficiency? The Gluten came back negative. My GO doc had me tested for Lactose Intolerance (which I tested positive for). Im really tired of 8 years of being on PPIs for GERD...i seriously think this is what is causing the burning in my stomach and heartburn in the evenings. The PPI is suposed to HELP these symptoms!!

 
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Re: How much Vitamin D3?

I have read that the max D-3 orally that a person should take is 10,000 IU daily. I have never had to go that high but I do take 4,000IU daily. And,my last blood test was 63 --2 weeks ago but my first test taken several years ago was 41--- I live in South Carolina so being in the sun has some advantages!!

I think I read about D3 in a Dr. Mercola Newsletter when problems lacking vitamin D first started to become known and public knowledge.

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