Concerned About Too Much Vitamin D3?
One of the most powerful supplements you can take is Vitamin D3.
There are two ways that best support healthy Vitamin D3 levels.
- Adequate sun exposure
- Adequate supplementation
Most people are deficient in Vitamin D3 and if they are supplementing, may be grossly under the recommended amount for good health.
I have written before about the benefits of Vitamin D3:
- Healing Acne
- Building a healthy immune system
- Supporting healthy testosterone levels and prostate health
- Helping the body fight infections
- Combating depression
- Reducing carb cravings
- Reducing the risk of cancer
- Build stronger bones
- Support healthy blood pressure
How Much Vitamin D3?
For most people, 5,000 IU per day is a good amount.
(Some doctors are prescribing 50,000 IU per day for patients with MS – for several months at a time)
I am taking 8-10,000 IU plus more in cod liver oil.
Be sure that your D3 supplement is in a gel cap with fat like olive oil or MCT oil since it is a fat soluble vitamin. Avoid capsules with soybean oil.
Vitamin D3, 5000 IU with Olive Oil with K2 (get 15% off Metagenics D3 5000 + K here)
You can take 5,000 IU for 3 months, and then order a Vitamin D3 test to check your levels if you are concerned.
All the recent studies are saying that this level is a good daily level – and is one of the best things we can do to ward off cancer, build bones, fight depression and improve brain function.
In the summer, if you are out in the sun every day, then you shouldn’t need 5,000 and could take 2,000 IU/day.
The Vitamin D Council has written:
If one regularly avoids sunlight exposure, research indicates a necessity to supplement with at least 5,000 units (IU) of vitamin D daily. To obtain this amount from milk one would need to consume 50 glasses. With a multivitamin more than 10 tablets would be necessary. Neither is advisable.
How To Get Enough Vitamin D
- Regularly receive midday sun exposure in the late spring, summer, and early fall, exposing as much of the skin as possible (without any sunscreen). The skin produces approximately 20,000 IU vitamin D in response to 20–30 minutes summer sun exposure—100 times more than the US government’s recommendation of 200 IU per day!
- Take 5,000 IU per day for three months, then obtain a Vitamin D test kit to determine your levels.
- Adjust your dosage so that blood levels are between 50–80 ng/mL (or 125–200 nM/L) year-round.
- Always take Vitamin D3 along with K2.
I, Erin Chamerlik, am a Holistic Nutrition Educator, not a physician. As such, I do not diagnose or treat disease; rather I help support the healing response of the body through food, nutritional supplements, and relaxation exercises. This information is educational only and is not intended to replace the advice of a healthcare professional. The statements made by Erin Chamerlik or Get Better Wellness, Inc. have not been evaluated by the FDA .Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with your physician if you have any concerns about changing your diet or taking supplements.
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