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I read a few posts here regarding D3. What are the benefits and how many IU should I take?
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I take 5,000 iu of D3 every day and it has changed my health for the better in every way.
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D3 is not like other vitamins. It is a hormone......and most of the cells in your body have receptor sites for it.

It is made naturally during summer months from exposure to the sun. However, since many people live far away from the equator, they go deficient during non-summer months.

D3 has many benefits......including strengthening and regulating your immune system. It can help to prevent Cytokine Storm.

The amount that you take should be based on your body weight.


A person should take approx. 1,000 IUs (25 mcg) per day for every 15kg of body weight.

For someone around 150 pounds, that would be approx. 5,000 IUs per day.

The IU is an old measurement......don't get scared by the high numbers. An IU is very small and varies from one drug to the next.

It takes about two months to get your blood level up into the therapeutic range if just taking the maintenance dose.


The therapeutic blood level is 40-70ng/mL for the 25(OH)D test. You should get your blood levels checked each year....preferably twice per year.

During the summer months, you can manufacture D3 be sitting out in the sun at mid-day with minimal clothing on. A thirty minute exposure will produce approx. 20,000 IUs. Do not use sunscreen.

Black people and many older people have problems producing D3 through sun exposure.


For more information Google the full article by John J. Cannell MD..........Use of Vitamin D in Clinical Practice.


Here is another article:

[link to www.medicalnewstoday.com]


D3 has been shown to be possibly beneficial for a wide assortment of diseases of modern society. Just Google in Vitamin D3 and the name of the disease.


I would also advise taking Vitamin K2 with the D3
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well I take a 1000 IU's a day, and I feel fine. Sometimes I take 2000 or 3000 IU's.
My cold every winter is completely gone. I used to have a cold all winter long.

I'm about 87 kilo's, what would be my ideal intake, that you suggest?
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I had my blood tested for D3 a few years ago and I was deficient. I have been taking 5,000 a day since and it has really helped my immune system. Plus I no longer get sun burn during the summer. Instead I get a nice bronze tan.

But what I like most about D3 is that during the fall and winter I up the quantity to 7,500 a day and now I no longer get the "blues" during this time of year. Before I would always get moody and depressed towards the middle of September.
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I was taking higher amounts of D3 (10,000 IU a day). I was impressed with the way I felt once my vitamin D levels were above 50. Then one day I got a kidney stone and I could only point back to the vitamin D as the difference. Vitamin D increases the calcium absorption. The key then is to take Magnesium 500mg every day. This will prevent the formation of calcium stones. My physician isn't keen on the high dose I was taking, but I tell you I experienced a great deal of benefit.

There is a vitamin D receptor in every cell in the body. Vitamin D deficiency is a serious problem and it is so easy to maintain healthy levels, especially during the winter months in northern climates.

5000 IU is probably plenty enough to get you above the 50 marker.
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well I take a 1000 IU's a day, and I feel fine. Sometimes I take 2000 or 3000 IU's.
My cold every winter is completely gone. I used to have a cold all winter long.

I'm about 87 kilo's, what would be my ideal intake, that you suggest?
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Approx 5,000 or 6,000 IUs per day based on the formula mentionned earlier.

It is important however to get your D3 blood test to actually determine the current blood level of D3.

It needs to be in the range of 40-70 .


Most people up north have blood levels of D3 around 50 toward the end of summer.........but it plummets to down around 15 by January and February.


The immune system becomes comprised during the winter......and virus/bacteria take advantage of this.
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I was taking higher amounts of D3 (10,000 IU a day). I was impressed with the way I felt once my vitamin D levels were above 50. Then one day I got a kidney stone and I could only point back to the vitamin D as the difference. Vitamin D increases the calcium absorption. The key then is to take Magnesium 500mg every day. This will prevent the formation of calcium stones. My physician isn't keen on the high dose I was taking, but I tell you I experienced a great deal of benefit.

There is a vitamin D receptor in every cell in the body. Vitamin D deficiency is a serious problem and it is so easy to maintain healthy levels, especially during the winter months in northern climates.

5000 IU is probably plenty enough to get you above the 50 marker.
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To my knowledge, Vitamin K2 will help prevent calcification. Magnesium naturally is a very important substance as well.


Some bottles of D3 for sale have the K2 included in the same pill.
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How do you guys dose it?
I asked for vitamin D3 in a drug store and they gave me pills, one pill to take every 2 weeks!
Do they sell it in powder or liquid form also?
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I just took 2 pills of 4000 iu, is that good?
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I just took 2 pills of 4000 iu, is that good?
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Take gel caps or liquid not pills or powder. Much more effective. 5000 iU / day for me.
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I just took 2 pills of 4000 iu, is that good?
 Quoting: ***ClappaGuy***


4000 iu for each reply chuckle
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Nice thread OP! This is one of my favorite topics. I've done a fair amount of research on this so I'll list some of the highlights here:

I posted this video on one of your other threads but for the sake of discussion... This video is from a doctor that has researched it more than anyone else I've come across. It's targeted towards a medical audience but there's good logic contained within it:


link: [link to www.youtube.com]

Here's another interview with a german, kind of holistic, doctor. The interview is done by Project Camelot, which I'm highly suspect of... but even a broken clock is right twice a day. Plus it's the interviewee that's of interest here, not the interviewer.

link: [link to www.youtube.com]
She has concluded the following benefits from vitamin D3:
- Bone health
- 16 cancer types
- Infections & Inflammations
- Depression & Neurological disorders
- Colds & Flu
- Immune System
- Tuberculosis
- Periodontitis
- Diabetes

Both of these videos are long, I admit. But if you really want to learn more from those with experience, these are worthwhile IMO.

I give this thread 5*'s and am very interested to hear what others have to say. Good on you OP!
cheers
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Can pregnant women take it?
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Another option to D3 supplementation is a "safe" tanning bed......but I have not personally done much research on this.


You could try the following website to see about this....as well as other subjects:


www.mercola.com
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well I take a 1000 IU's a day, and I feel fine. Sometimes I take 2000 or 3000 IU's.
My cold every winter is completely gone. I used to have a cold all winter long.

I'm about 87 kilo's, what would be my ideal intake, that you suggest?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1296810


Approx 5,000 or 6,000 IUs per day based on the formula mentionned earlier.

It is important however to get your D3 blood test to actually determine the current blood level of D3.

It needs to be in the range of 40-70 .


Most people up north have blood levels of D3 around 50 toward the end of summer.........but it plummets to down around 15 by January and February.


The immune system becomes comprised during the winter......and virus/bacteria take advantage of this.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24909996


Well i've been thinking about getting a test for years, I've been taking D3 for ears. I felt so good, I didn't cross my mind.


But I work out 3 or sometimes 4 times a week, and I try to eat really healthy. I eat food that I grow in my own garden, and don't drink any soda. My stepdad hunts and I eat the meat he hunts.



Even with that, I always used to have a chronic cold. Every year, since forever (I'm 30 now). But since I take D3, in the range 1000 or 3000. I'm fine.


It's been about three or four years now. I dunno what it is, but I think it is the D3.


Before I used to take take the D3, I got sick. After the D3, it was just getting sick for a day, or even hours.

It's insane.

I know, but it works.

rockon
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well I take a 1000 IU's a day, and I feel fine. Sometimes I take 2000 or 3000 IU's.
My cold every winter is completely gone. I used to have a cold all winter long.

I'm about 87 kilo's, what would be my ideal intake, that you suggest?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1296810


Approx 5,000 or 6,000 IUs per day based on the formula mentionned earlier.

It is important however to get your D3 blood test to actually determine the current blood level of D3.

It needs to be in the range of 40-70 .


Most people up north have blood levels of D3 around 50 toward the end of summer.........but it plummets to down around 15 by January and February.


The immune system becomes comprised during the winter......and virus/bacteria take advantage of this.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24909996


Well i've been thinking about getting a test for years, I've been taking D3 for ears. I felt so good, I didn't cross my mind.


But I work out 3 or sometimes 4 times a week, and I try to eat really healthy. I eat food that I grow in my own garden, and don't drink any soda. My stepdad hunts and I eat the meat he hunts.



Even with that, I always used to have a chronic cold. Every year, since forever (I'm 30 now). But since I take D3, in the range 1000 or 3000. I'm fine.


It's been about three or four years now. I dunno what it is, but I think it is the D3.


Before I used to take take the D3, I got sick. After the D3, it was just getting sick for a day, or even hours.

It's insane.

I know, but it works.

rockon
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Another option to D3 supplementation is a "safe" tanning bed......but I have not personally done much research on this.


You could try the following website to see about this....as well as other subjects:


www.mercola.com
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[link to www.mercola.com]
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Thanks for all the responses!
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If you feel that you have been infected.....you can also jack up the dosage for awhile. It is very hard to overdose on the stuff. Your blood level would have to go above 100.


In nursing homes......the give shots of 150,000 IUs to the Seniors to jack start their blood levels at the beginning of winter.


You can order home blood level tests.....to prick yourself at home.....and send it to a lab......if you want to avoid the hastle of going to a doctor for the order.
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Get it naturally. Best is fish. Salmon or mackerel. Then eggs. Then the sun.

How is it that you depend on a pill to live?
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Can pregnant women take it?
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I don't wee why not......but you might want to research it on the Internet.


"Vitamin D3 supplementation and pregnancy"


Many babies are born with jaundice......and sun exposure will help it to go away fairly quickly. This happened with my youngest son.
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*** the post below is not intended to be interpreted as medical or nutritional advice - please consult your physician before starting any new regimen ***

OP this is soley my experience, but I started taking D3 (5000 IU's per day) almost 3 years ago.

Before taking D3, I would usually get atleast 2 upper respiratory infections a year, sometimes mild one's that would last 7 to 10 days but on occassion they would last 3 weeks or so.

Since I started taking D3 I have not had even ONE cold, sore throat or upper respiratory infection.

I try to tell my wife, and others, to take it but they don't listen and they suffer in the winter months. It's SO easy to prevent the common cold with D3.

I also take several other vitamin supplements, as well as fish oil and krill oil.

You have to take D3 on a regular basis for it to work so don't try it for a week then stop. You will not get much benefit. It takes time to raise your blood levels of D3.

Just my $.02.
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Get it naturally. Best is fish. Salmon or mackerel. Then eggs. Then the sun.

How is it that you depend on a pill to live?
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Sadly much of the fish these days is ruined from mercury and other substances.
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Vitamin D increases the calcium absorption. The key then is to take Magnesium 500mg every day.
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I'm glad someone mentioned this right away, we had a great long thread on Vitamin D here some time back and this issue of making sure you get plenty of magnesium came up, it's a really good point.

People get too much calcium as it is, and not enough magnesium. Taking Vitamin D can push the imbalance higher.

Magnesium is critical and we get very little from our food. A lot of supplement forms are poorly utilized. Don't take magnesium oxide, a common, cheap one, one to avoid. I have taken magnesium glycinate and recently magnesium chloride which comes in a liquid form.
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*** the post below is not intended to be interpreted as medical or nutritional advice - please consult your physician before starting any new regimen ***

OP this is soley my experience, but I started taking D3 (5000 IU's per day) almost 3 years ago.

Before taking D3, I would usually get atleast 2 upper respiratory infections a year, sometimes mild one's that would last 7 to 10 days but on occassion they would last 3 weeks or so.

Since I started taking D3 I have not had even ONE cold, sore throat or upper respiratory infection.

I try to tell my wife, and others, to take it but they don't listen and they suffer in the winter months. It's SO easy to prevent the common cold with D3.

I also take several other vitamin supplements, as well as fish oil and krill oil.

You have to take D3 on a regular basis for it to work so don't try it for a week then stop. You will not get much benefit. It takes time to raise your blood levels of D3.

Just my $.02.
 Quoting: Outland


Thanks
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OP this is soley my experience, but I started taking D3 (5000 IU's per day) almost 3 years ago.


Since I started taking D3 I have not had even ONE cold, sore throat or upper respiratory infection.

 Quoting: Outland


This is my experience too. I take more in the winter, less in the summer. Been about that long and if I even get the hint of a cold or something, it never gets ahold of me, knock wood.
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This is a bit off topic......but if you get a chronic cough.......without fever or much fatigue......you might want to consider particulate exposure as a possible cause.


When the planes spray heavily......many people at work and other places begin to cough several days later.


Aluminum dust is therefore a possible culprit.


I have found the Spirulina and Chlorella seem to help me get rid of it.......turning a dry cough into a productive cough. It apparently binds to the particles.

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