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 Post subject: Vitamin D supplementation
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:14 pm 
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I'm sure this has already been covered numerous times, but I've been told by my PCP that I need to begin Vit D3 supplementation. I ?(think) that D3 is only derived from animal-containing products. Any suggestions of how I can supplement? Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:23 pm 
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I use this Vitashine Vegan D3

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:27 pm 
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You can also just take D2, which is vegan.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:11 pm 
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Mine is low I am having to take prescription stuff. I post a thread about this recently and some said this stuff is good but I have not tried it yet:

I found a vegan, mushroom based one that's worked wonders. http://www.amazon.com/NatureS-Plus-Sour ... s=vegan+D3

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:07 pm 
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Thanks all, appreciate the info!


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:38 am 
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So my vitamin D was low again, on account of not being too good at taking my supplements recently. So I started the megadoses again (50,000 IU). But I forgot they were megadoses and took them 3 days in a row. Dr. Internet, am I going to die?


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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according to my medical student friend, you are not going to die. vitamin D is fat soluble, which means that if you take super high doses it will store itself in your body fat. the really dangerous problem is if you eat huge amounts of vitamin D, which stores itself in your body fat, and you then lose weight, which will release very big amounts of the vitamin D. an excess of vitamin D in your blood stream could, in extreme cases, lead to overcalcification of the bones, heart and kidneys.
this will not happen until several months after taking super high doses of vitamin D, but it can be helped by eating a low calcium diet for a while, and taking some drugs if it happens.

considering you were already low on vitamin D, and the fact that overdoses usually happen around 75000 IU/day, I wouldn't worry! you are definitely not going to die. just don't take any more vitamin D for the next week or two, and then don't forget again :)


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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Haha, thanks, Dr. Internet! I ended up calling my doctor and they told me to call poison control and poison control basically said the same thing - that I was cool and that the problems usually happen if you are doing that for a longer period of time. I felt really stupid when I realized I was doing it, especially because I had taken the megadoses in the past and knew how I was supposed to take them. I was just thinking, "I am going to do a really good job at remembering to take my vitamin D this time!"


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:21 pm 
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I was just thinking, "I am going to do a really good job at remembering to take my vitamin D this time!"


Hahahaha!


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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Sun exposure is the best vitamin D supplementation I do have!!


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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emersonkelly wrote:
Sun exposure is the best vitamin D supplementation I do have!!


Too bad it's carcinogenic.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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emersonkelly wrote:
Sun exposure is the best vitamin D supplementation I do have!!


If you live north of the 42nd parallel (so, north of Rome, or Boston) sun exposure will not trigger any vitamin D production from November to February (and that's if you manage to catch some sunlight at all...) The further north you are the worse it is. For many people, the sun is not a reliable source of vitamin D.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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aelle wrote:
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Sun exposure is the best vitamin D supplementation I do have!!


If you live north of the 42nd parallel (so, north of Rome, or Boston) sun exposure will not trigger any vitamin D production from November to February (and that's if you manage to catch some sunlight at all...) The further north you are the worse it is. For many people, the sun is not a reliable source of vitamin D.

Living in Scotland provides a window of opportunity of approximately one week in June. At most.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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Yeah- Hamburg is not quite as far north as Glasgow, but it is about as nice a weather so I feel you!


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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I suspect emersonkelly is a spammer and thus lives under a rock where there is no sun exposure.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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lepelaar wrote:
I suspect emersonkelly is a spammer and thus lives under a rock where there is no sun exposure.


Probably, but I live in the sunny southwest U.S. and still have low vitamin D. I don't get out in the sun much unfortunately.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:48 pm 
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I never had an issue with Vit D until i lived in Seattle. Hoping to change that now.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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LazySmurf wrote:

I buy mine from FoodFight! http://www.foodfightgrocery.com/pills/? ... red&page=2. It's a little cheaper there. For whatever reason, my body has a hard time making/absorbing D, so I switched to vegan D3 when it became available. I still take 5000 IUs daily, but at last I'm no longer deficient! But everyone else I know hasn't had problems with D2 - I'm just strange.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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I've been taking stupid weekly megadose prescription terribly unvegan caps for 8 months now and my D levels have barely budged from "dangerously low". So frustrating!

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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lavawitch wrote:
I've been taking stupid weekly megadose prescription terribly unvegan caps for 8 months now and my D levels have barely budged from "dangerously low". So frustrating!


Oh, wow! That must be frustrating. Do they think you have an absorption problem?


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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Oh we all know I do and why. It's just what to do about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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Oh gosh, well I hope they figure out what to do for you soon. That sucks.


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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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Jill wrote:
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I buy mine from FoodFight! http://www.foodfightgrocery.com/pills/? ... red&page=2. It's a little cheaper there. For whatever reason, my body has a hard time making/absorbing D, so I switched to vegan D3 when it became available. I still take 5000 IUs daily, but at last I'm no longer deficient! But everyone else I know hasn't had problems with D2 - I'm just strange.

I just got this stuff, as I had a letter from my doctor saying that my D levels are still too low despite taking prescription mega-doses D2 for a while. I figure it might be that I don't absorb D2 as well so I'll give this a go.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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lavawitch wrote:
I've been taking stupid weekly megadose prescription terribly unvegan caps for 8 months now and my D levels have barely budged from "dangerously low". So frustrating!


Mine was like too I've been supplementing at 50,000 iu's for several months but I am finally in the normal range at 31. What made the difference was the switch from D2 to D3 after two months it went up where it had barely been budging. I still have to take it as the Dr. wants at least 50 but should be on my way now. I also made sure to have some type of D supplemented plant milk daily. The doctor also told me to be sure to take my supplement with meals. He said it does not absorb as well without food.

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 Post subject: Re: Vitamin D supplementation
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This was a good bump. I just realized that since I got my new phone, I forgot to set my weekly reminder, so I've been forgetting to take it. Not good!

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