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    roadwarrior is offline Junior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by forth View Post
    I have recently gotten on this vit-d bandwagon. Doing about 4000iu daily now. But someone suggest that instead of this I go with one 50,000iu pill / week. This seems a cheaper alternative too. Is this a viable alternative?
    Yes that is one way of doing it. Preferably 50k D3 instead of D2. It takes about 3 weeks of going cold turkey on D before your levels start falling off.

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    Fun Infographic: Vitamin D

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    Comrade roadwarrior, thank you for a very interesting post.

    I am gradually working my way up, am at 5000 IU per day now.

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    Been taking 4000-5000IU a day for 3 years and haven't been sick in that time. Used to get a cold or the flu once or twice a year before that. Stopped getting flu shots about the same time I started the Vitamin D sup.

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    I thought this information might be helpful in the discussion. The below was written by my acupuncturist... she has helped me GREATLY with both my migraines and depression... and Vit D3 was something we decided that I would get tested and subsequently start supplementing.

    I was tested and my level was 27, so I have been taking 10,000 UI for quite some time. I haven't re-tested yet, but felt comfortable with my number so low that I would be quite safe taking 5,000 UI twice a day. At the health store where I bought the supplements, they mentioned that they all take 30,000 - 50,000 UI per day and feel that the recommendations are way too low based upon where we live and the limited sun exposure we get (in Omaha) and lack of food nutrients we all get these days. That felt too excessive to me though... so I'm sticking with the 10,000 UI for now.

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    Everyone should have their Vitamin D (D3) levels checked!! We have been taught to fear the sun, some of us have limited exposure to the sun or we slather in sunscreen! Levels should be above 60 ng/ml. (I'm personally shooting for 75-100) Most doctors will tell you that you are within normal range if you are between 30-50 ng/ml and this is simply not adequate. The latest research is showing Vitamin D3 to boost the immune system, lift mild depression, prevent cancer and much more! Be informed! Take part in creating your own optimal health! Below is a link for more information.

    Vitamin D Council | Understanding Vitamin D Cholecalciferol

    I am currently taking "Country Life" softgels (Non-Fish liver source) brand. I buy the 5,000 I.U. and take 2 a day. I recommend having levels checked to better know what your personal dosage should be and then retested after 6-12 months of supplementing. Many people in the northern latitudes have levels in the teens....... NOT ENOUGH! Mine number was 37 a year ago and am having it retested at the end of March, so I will keep you posted! Vit D3 IS fat-soluable and could potentially build to toxic levels in the body, though the actual chances of that happening are slim due to the severe deficiency across the board!

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    I have talked to MC about vitamin D in the past on this forum. Go to her blog (Begin2dig) and search vitamin D, She has written a load on it in different articles. The research is there to back up what she discusses.

    The research suggests higher dosages are safe and very beneficial. From what I remember vitamin D builds up in the system (Which is what is suggested by the blood work people are posting).

    I take 5000iu every day but could take more. I feel that this level each day gives me the right amount BUT I have no bloodwork to prove it, just feels about right. I have been doing this for well over a year.

    What is the recommended level just out of interest. I have seen figures here of 20's 30's etc in the blood.

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    I remember reading somewhere that synthetic vitamin D is actually toxic. I do not know whether this is proven or not, but thought that could be something to think about.

    Also, aren't synthetic vitamins less readily absorbed by the body?

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Comrade View Post
    I remember reading somewhere that synthetic vitamin D is actually toxic. I do not know whether this is proven or not, but thought that could be something to think about.

    Also, aren't synthetic vitamins less readily absorbed by the body?
    Why would it be so? Is it not the exact same molecule?

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    Quote Originally Posted by forth View Post
    Why would it be so? Is it not the exact same molecule?

    Something I found.

    Synthetic Vs. Natural Vitamins

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Comrade View Post
    I remember reading somewhere that synthetic vitamin D is actually toxic. I do not know whether this is proven or not, but thought that could be something to think about.

    Also, aren't synthetic vitamins less readily absorbed by the body?
    My guess is that the truth is complicated for this one, and that it probably varies by the vitamin, with some requiring other things be present while others are fine in synthetic form.

    I take 3,000 IU twice a day and feel better - less tired, less sore overall.

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