Vitamin D supplements - worth the cost?

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    Jan 09, 2011 2:57 PM GMT
    Hey guys...wanted to get your advice. I've heard from a few different sources that it's good to take Vitamin D supplements, esp in the winter when we aren't exposed to much sunlight. Do any of you currently take them? If so, have you noticed a big difference?
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    Jan 09, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    Instead of taking costly supplements you can opt for Vitamin D fortified milk or Yogurt. They provide Calcium as Protein as bonus.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jan 09, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    Yes - I am a true believer in D-3. You definitely want D-3 when ever you are not in the sun and when you think your immunity is being compromised.
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    Jan 09, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    Vitamin D

    What can high-vitamin D foods do for you?

    Help optimize calcium metabolism
    Help optimize phosphorus metabolism
    Help prevent type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and stroke
    Help prevent falls and muscle weakness
    Help prevent osteoporosis while maintaining bone integrity
    Help regulate insulin activity and blood sugar balance
    Help regulate immune system responses
    Help regulate muscle composition and muscle function
    Help regulate blood pressure
    Lower risk of excessive inflammation
    Lower risk of some bacterial infections
    Support cognitive function, especially in older persons
    Support mood stability, especially in older persons
    Help prevent chronic fatigue
    Help prevent the following types of cancer: bladder, breast, colon, ovarian, prostate and rectal

    What events can indicate a need for more foods rich in vitamin D?

    Muscle aches and muscle weakness
    Frequent falls, particularly among older persons
    Bone pain, frequent bone fractures, or soft bones
    Stunted growth in children
    Asthma in children (especially severe asthma)
    Impaired cognitive function, especially among older persons
    Lowered immunity
    Chronic low energy and fatigue
    Depression, particularly among older persons
    Presence of any autoimmune disorder
    Lack of exposure to sunlight for any reason, including geography, use of sunscreen, or wearing of protective clothing

    Concentrated food sources of vitamin D include salmon, sardines, shrimp, milk, cod, and eggs. Among salmon, wild-caught fish have been shown to average significantly more vitamin D than non-organically farmed fish.

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    Jan 09, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    u can OD on VD
  • 4travel

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    Jan 09, 2011 3:25 PM GMT
    waxon saidu can OD on VD


    You can OD on water

    I suggest taking a 1000iu supplement a day in the winter, they are very cheap. The benefits raised a few posts above far outweigh the cost.
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    Jan 09, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
    As long as you outside about 3x a week for 15-20min in the sun your probably getting sufficient exposure to create vitamin D, but then again the farther you are away from the sun (from the equator) i suppose you would need a little more expose time.

    Theres also two from of vitamin D D2 and D3. D2 you find in plants, D3 the more biologically active form is made when you are exposed to the sun.

    soo if you do decide to try vitamin D supplements try to find something with D3, I've never taken Vitamin d supplements and don't think I need to even in Chicago but I'm sure you know your body the best so its your call.
  • Celticmusl

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    Jan 09, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
    It's pretty cheap, I buy the liquid gel caps. It increases my hunger a little, which I don't like, but it's worth all the benefits.
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    Jan 09, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    4travel said
    waxon saidu can OD on VD


    You can OD on water


    touche
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    Jan 09, 2011 3:32 PM GMT
    An interesting hypothesis on one way Vit. D helps to prevent cancer is in its regulation of cell development. They are thinking that vit D may help direct adult stem cells that start out with genetic damage and could go cancerous to develop normal and healthy.
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    Jan 09, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    interesting! didn't realize all the benefits!
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    Jan 09, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    Vit D deficiency is increasingly recognized as a hidden health problem. Taking supplements is mostly preventive, so taking them won't always make an immediate impact on day to day health status. In addition to the benefits already mentioned, there's more evidence that low levels contribute to mental health and cognitive issues as you age. There's a simple blood test that you can have your physician order. Although the target ranges are still hotly debated amongst physicians, it is pretty clear that most people aren't getting enough either from diet or from exposure to sunlight.

    Those of us with darker complexions need even more sun to catch up to our lighter brothers. Then one has to weigh the risk of the negative risks associated with exposing the skin to the dangers of the sun. (despite lots of weekly outdoor activity...my levels were astonishingly low even here in sunny Southern Cal).

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    Jan 09, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    waxon saidu can OD on VD


    20 minutes in the sun will make more than 10,000 iu, which is far more Vit D than a person is ever likely to intentionally ingest on a regular basis. For a long time, I've been taking 5000-6000 iu per day (depending on whether I happen to buy the 2000 or 2500 iu gelcaps), and I have yet to OD.
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    Jan 09, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    I seem to remember that Vit D does not become toxic until you are ingesting 40,000 IU. Prominent studies have recommended daily dosages of 1000-2000 IU, and you cannot get this much by diet alone. The Canadian Cancer Society increased their recommended dosage from 400 IU to 1000 IU as a result of those studies, which are only a couple years old. Whether you can synthesize enough Vit D by sitting in the sun depends on your latitude. For example, no one in Canada can get enough sun during most of the year, and I've even heard that the angle of the sun during summer is still wrong.

    Vit D is damn cheap, so there is no excuse not to take it! icon_biggrin.gif

    PS - You probably won't notice any difference from taking it, but it is important for prevention.
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    Jan 09, 2011 7:47 PM GMT
    This is new on my favorite food website, World's Healthiest Foods:

    "Broccoli may help us solve our vitamin D deficiency epidemic. When large supplemental doses of vitamin D are needed to offset deficiency, ample supplies of vitamin K and vitamin A help keep our vitamin D metabolism in balance. Broccoli has an unusually strong combination of both vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and vitamin K. For people faced with the need to rebuild vitamin D stores through vitamin D supplements, broccoli may be an ideal food to include in the diet."

    http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=9
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    Jan 09, 2011 7:50 PM GMT
    That's a great site! icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 09, 2011 7:52 PM GMT
    Yes I take it. $9 for 200 pills is not expensive at all. Someone above listed all the potential research applications it is under right now. Even with supplementation you aren't near the UL.
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    Jan 10, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    I take calcium + vitamin D pills. I heard vitamin D helps the body utilize calcium better. Or something like that. I heard this a long time ago, so I can't remember the specifics. But you'll notice most milk products at the supermarket also have vitamin D added.
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    Jan 11, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    Yea...the well-established function of VitD is to act as a hormone that matures in the kidney after a precursor is made in the liver, which is activated by sunlight in the skin. VitD acts on the intestinal mucosa to upregulate proteins that enhance calcium absorption through the cell (some still gets in by going between cells). The other effects, listed above in terms of disease prevention, are still being researched as far as mechanisms go.
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    Jan 11, 2011 1:37 AM GMT
    Yes, I take it...without a doubt of what many have already stated. Also, if you have a very stressful job, which many of us have, juggling all issues, work, family, etc.

    I also, recommend Vitamin B Complex at night 1 hour prior to your bedtime...it will help you sleep and relieve stress, it helps with the functioning of the nervous system. Also, do not worry if your urine turns yellow, this is quite normal.

  • Mar 20, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
    Recently my blood work indicated the my Vitamin D level was at 8, the normal level is at least 50 and above. I was instructed to take 1000 IU daily. There has been a noticeable improvement in my sleeping patterns and better concentration at work. However, I still get the deep muscle / bone aches whether I take Vitamin D or not.

    What am I doing wrong?


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    Mar 20, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
    If you live in a cave or don't consume any foods that are fortifed with vitamin D, maybe, but between your body producing it and getting it through fortified dairy products, combined with it being a fat soluble vitamin, which means your body stores any excess that you produce or consume, there shouldn't be a reason for supplements unless your body isn't storing it.
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    May 12, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    lol what cost? Vitamin D3 is MAD cheap and definitely worth it...single handily cured my acne.

    Make sure to supplement with Magnesium and Beta-Carotene as well though, as vitamin D metabolism relies heavily on both vitamin A and magnesium.
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    May 12, 2011 1:25 AM GMT
    MooseHeadCanada saidRecently my blood work indicated the my Vitamin D level was at 8, the normal level is at least 50 and above. I was instructed to take 1000 IU daily. There has been a noticeable improvement in my sleeping patterns and better concentration at work. However, I still get the deep muscle / bone aches whether I take Vitamin D or not.

    What am I doing wrong?



    Dude 1000 IU is not going to do anything lol. Your body produces 10,000 IU alone from being in the sunlight for 15-30 mins.

    Try upping your dose gradually. I currently take 10,000 IU of D3 per day.
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    May 12, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    MooseHeadCanada saidRecently my blood work indicated the my Vitamin D level was at 8, the normal level is at least 50 and above. I was instructed to take 1000 IU daily. There has been a noticeable improvement in my sleeping patterns and better concentration at work. However, I still get the deep muscle / bone aches whether I take Vitamin D or not.

    What am I doing wrong?



    Dude 1000 IU is not going to do anything lol. Your body produces 10,000 IU alone from being in the sunlight for 15-30 mins.

    Try upping your dose gradually. I currently take 10,000 IU of D3 per day.