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Dangerous Vitamin D Supplement Mistake

Vitamin D Dosage Recommendations

If appropriate tanning is not feasible, then you’ll be wise to consider an oral vitamin D3 supplement. According to the most recent findings by Carole Baggerly, founder of GrassrootsHealth, her research of nearly 10,000 people shows the ideal adult dose appears to be 8,000 IU’s a day to get most into the healthy range. Just remember to get your vitamin D levels tested regularly if you take an oral supplement.

Important: Your Serum Level is what Really Matters

While 8,000 IU’s of vitamin D3 per day is a general recommendation that appears to be beneficial for most people, vitamin D experts from around the world are in agreement that the most important factor is your vitamin D serum level. There’s no specific dosage level at which “magic” happens. So the take-home message is that you need to take whatever dosage required to obtain a therapeutic level of vitamin D in your blood.

At the time (in 2007) the recommended level was 40-60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). Since then, the optimal vitamin D level has been raised to 50-70 ng/ml, and when treating cancer or heart disease, as high as 70-100 ng/ml.

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Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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1:40PM PST on Jan 28, 2014

A good reason to use a substitute for fish oil.

5:41PM PDT on May 30, 2012

yikes thanks

12:19AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Very good article!I needed this info!

1:48PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

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11:54AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Interesting article. I currently take Vit D-3- 5, 000IU/day due to a medical condition. However, I have recently changed to a vegan diet & have been looking for a D-2 supplement instead. Reading this information now causes me concern. Will definately have to do more research on the D-2 to determine if it really is more detrimental than animal based D-3.

11:19PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

I do miss the sunshine, sunny skies, sunnier personalities and bright, vibrant colours. Unfortunately, our sun is there above the clouds but too shy to show it's face when you live as far north as Canada. Vit D surely makes a huge difference in the health and well-being of people

6:47PM PST on Feb 22, 2012


4:18PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

I think that it is important to mention that if you get sun exposure for Vit D your skin needs time to absorb it which takes a while. Most of us wash off the vitamin D when we take a shower so the longer you let the skin absorb the vitamin D the better.

In general synthetic vitamins are bad for you. Some say that they are identical to natural vitamins in their molecular structure when actually they only have one component of the natural vitamin. Many people who take vitamins get sick after using them for a while and the reason for this is that the synthetic vitamins are chemicals made in a lab and these chemicals are toxic and can build up in your body affecting many of your organs especially your liver.

If you want natural vitamins look for "Whole food vitamins" on the package. These will tend to be more expensive because they are taken from whole foods (fruit, veggies, grains, mushroom, algea, etc). But would you put a price on your health?

11:23AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

I had my Vitamin D levels tested a year ago and
they showed very low levels of the vitamin.
I am fortunate my rheumatologist knew
to specifically prescirbe Vitamin D3 supplements
I livei n the Pacific Northwet, so I get little
sun. A tannning bed is not an option, because
of cost. So supplements are the way to
go for me.

11:16AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

I would suggest reading the Mayo Clinic site on Vitamin D before proceeding on this advice. It is possible to overdose on Vitamin D, which can cause a buildup of calcium in the blood, which can cause serious problem for some people. 1000 i.u is usually the recommended dose, ammounts over that should only be taken under a doctors supervision and over 4000 i.u on a regular basis can cause serious problems. I am suprised that Care 2 does not care enough to vet these articles to make sure that unsafe information is not being distributed on its site.

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