Vitamin D Health Benefits

Hot Flashes, Insomnia

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Posted by Beacker (West Valley City, Utah) on 11/30/2011
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I was having multiple hot flashes and also not sleeping well. My blood work said I was deficeint in Vitamin D. Since I started supplementing four weeks ago I am now sleeping and the hot flashes have been cut in half. Is this a coincidence?


Hypertension

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Posted by Umbolava (Chicago, IL) on 06/24/2010
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Apple cider vingar works with my blood pressure I had a bp of 200/120 apple cider vinegar just one dose dropped it down to 170/100 still extremely high. Now I am 6 foot 3 280 lbs and need to loose weight bad. I still take apple cider vinegar 4 tablespoonfuls once a day. I should do it a least twice but I don't and probably add some raw garlic. As I am athletic run two miles swim a mile and play sports. I am overly stress work the night shift and around obese people.

However vitamin d has worked better for me than apple cider vinegar. I take 5000 iu daily with magnesium 400mg and One a day vitamin for men. Vitamin D helps my immune system hypertension and regulates my insulin all at the same time. This vitamin D 3 works. Please check out vitamindcouncil.org. Most americans do not get enough vitamin d because we are always in doors. It is really cheap at whole foods trader joes walmart even dollar general.

Please Please add vitamin d3 to your daily routine you will feel and see the difference.


Insomnia

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Posted by Kathi (New Brunswick, NJ) on 02/07/2009
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I developed severe insomnia last winter (nov 07) and went through quite a trial for months, with none of the many things I tried helping much except some tips on how to improve sleep habits through cognitive behavioral therapy. I was doing better May-Oct 08 then all of a sudden the same severe insomnia symptom was back in full force. Last month I decided to try vitamin D3 2000 IU/day, after reading so many recent articles about the importance of this sunshine vitamin. I chose tablets with D3 source from lanolin, since I am allergic to fish. Within a week I was sleeping soundly at night, and I am continuing to sleep well. In retrospect, it is likely that I became more susceptible to vit. D deficiency after I became lactose intolerant and stopped drinking milk.

Replied by Kathi
(New Brunswick, NJ)
04/16/2009
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I'm writing to follow up on my vitamin D cure for insomnia report in February. After taking 2000 IU/day for 1.5 months I finally went to my doctor for a Vitamin D blood test, and it was 20 ng/ml, which is considered deficient. I also asked him why he didn't test me for vitamin D last year when I was having incredible trouble sleeping, digesting (I also had IBS) and managing daily life, and was told that insurance would not have paid for the test unless I had a "known" symptom of deficiency such as osteoporosis. However, insurance was very willing to pay for several expensive pharmaceuticals the doctor recommended me to try.

A SIMPLE VITAMIN D TEST THEN WOULD HAVE SAVED ME A WHOLE YEAR'S WORTH OF AGONY, AND WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH CHEAPER FOR ALL CONCERNED. WAKE UP USA WE NEED BETTER PREVENTIVE MEDICINE!!!

I am continuing to do much much better, am now taking 3000 IU/day D3, upping my daily intake of veggies, and also supplementing with ACV/honey, flaxseed oil, 500 mg vit C, and 200-400 mg magnesium citrate (I've read that vit D deficiency can go hand-in-hand with magnesium and potassium deficiency). My "sensitivity" to fish (rich in Vit. D and magnesium) has disappeared! No more IBS! I'm looking forward to some warm sunny spring days when I can get my vitamin D dose from the sun.


Leg Pain

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Posted by Dave (Asheville, Nc) on 07/12/2010
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Blood test showed Vitamin D level at 18 ng/ml. Doc scripted 50000 IU per week of D2. Pain in shin bones and general muscle aches disappeared within 10 days.

Replied by Toni
(Maryland)
11/10/2015

The doc likely prescribed you synthetic Vitamin D2. You will greater benefit from taking natural Vitamin D3. Study the research. D2 eventually has a negative affect.


Leg Pain
Posted by Kathy (Rusk, TX) on 07/01/2009
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I began having leg pain about 6 months ago. Read an article about the use of Vitamin D3 have been taking 2 1000 IU per day and no leg pain.


Leg Pain
Posted by Karen (Atlanta, USA) on 08/19/2007
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I was having pains in my legs to the point I couldn't sleep at night. I couldn't walk thru a mall without getting a kink in my knees. My doctor put me on 50,000 units of vitamin D a week. The pain is gone. The pain returns if I am late by a few days of taking the vitamin D. I have a prescription for 50,000 iu's levels of Vitamin D have been linked with several types of cancer.Many in the helath field consider VITAMIN D is more of a hormone rather than a vitamin. It is very difficult to get enough sun for vitamin D. In fact, in the winter it is almost impossible to get enough sun for vitamin D if you live north of Atlanta, georgia.


Musculoskeletal Pain

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Posted by Shary (Centennial, Co) on 12/21/2010
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About a year ago, a therapist suggested vitamin D for my chronic, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain. She recommended 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. I got a little better but not much, and didn't associate it with vitamin D supplementation at the time. Then about a month ago I heard about the Vitamin D Council, a non-profit group of physicians and research scientists, and I went on their website.

Knowing from a recent blood test that I am somewhat deficient in vitamin D, and based on what I was reading, I immediately began taking 8,000 IU of D3, and what an improvement! In just a few weeks I am almost completely pain-free in the neck, shoulders, hips and knees. I don't believe it is coincidence because I've been dealing with muscle pain for 6 years now. I will drop back to the Council's recommended dosage in the next few months, at which time I can get some of my vitamin D from the sun.

If there really is a magic bullet, it could very well be vitamin D. It helps just about every aspect of the human body. If you don't spend much time outside, are in the habit of slathering on sunscreen, or if you live north of 35 degrees latitude, you are probably low on D. Please be aware that although this research appears to be solid, and I know for certain it has helped me, it isn't yet mainstream and differs considerably from government recommendations. It is important to have your vitamin D level checked so you have some idea of how much you need. It's also important to know that vitamin D supplements must be D3, which is cholecalciferol, the same thing our bodies make from sunshine.


Pain, Fibromyalgia, Shingles

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Posted by Hisjewel (Usa) on 03/29/2018
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I learned so much from that Vitamin D book Robert Henry suggested that I read early 2017.

And I gave the D3 a Purposeful second go because of it. However for some reason I seem to soon forget the necessity of a supplement when I am feeling better.

I went on a vacation and when I returned I had forgotten why I was taking the Vitamin D. All I knew was once again my bones were achy, I started back on the MSM. Then I came across more information that stated that fibromyolgia is a Vitamin D3 deficiency. When I take the 10,000 to 20,000 IU D3 at least 5 days a week, I find it very energizing and when I get up in the morning I automatically stretch. When I don't take it, I do not get that stretch. I am 66 so I guess I need help to stretch.

And also other readings mention that Vitamin D3 taken at a 50,000 IU for 3 days lightens the pains of shingles. And I did try it and after 3 days tested it out by eating a good old peanut butter sandwich, I had no breakout and no pain.

HisJewel


Parathyroid Tumors

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Posted by Sam (Miami, FL) on 10/01/2014
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Always check your vitamin D and blood calcium levels before supplementing. If you are 50 +- and your calcium is high, even just a little bit and vitamin D low, check parathyroid.com site BEFORE supplementing vitamin D. It is very important to exclude parathyroid tumor.


Protects Against Cancer

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Posted by Stacie (Whitehous Station, Nj) on 02/28/2010
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Vitamin D3 protects against cancer. Do the research for yourself. Everyone in my family takes 1 D3-5 capsule, 5,000 IU per day unless we are going to be in the sun.


Psoriasis

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Posted by Chuck (Atlanta, GA) on 02/07/2009
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For about 20 years, I had a chronic patch of psoriasis over my left eyebrow. I had tried several prescription and OTC creams, but none of them worked. After reading an article about how thousands of people got relief from psoriasis by sunbathing in the Dead Sea area, I remembered how my own psoriasis would practically disappear during the summer months when I sunbathed regularly. That was when I made the connection between sunshine and vitamin D. So, I started taking a daily supplement of 1000iu of vitamin D, which was in addition to the 400iu in my daily multivitamin. In about a week, I was amazed to see the patch of psoriasis had completely disappeared and has never returned. It may not work for everyone, but it sure worked for me!


Reader Feedback

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn Usa) on 12/25/2010

HI U GOOD PEOPLE DOIN, , , , , , ,

This may not come out too good, but think through it before you hit on me. On Oct 1 , we stop shaking hands at our little country church in Ten Mile. At first , the congregation was slightly irritated but some are now telling me that I'm smart.

We don't get much sun so we up our Vitamin D 3 to 5000 I u's /day. We stopped the flu vaccine years ago. Had you rather have the flu or mercury poisoning? Also , we shop stores before the crowds and know that there are a jullion germs on each buggy handle, door knobs, etc. So we carry anti-bacteria jels with us and wash our hands often.

Come April 1, we start shaking hands again, and cut back on our Vitamin D3. The Intelligent One created the sun which lets you make you own Vitamin D. Ain't that wonderful. Since I's not PC, I wish you all a Merry CHRISTmas. =========ROBERT HENRY=============

Replied by Dove
(Usa)
12/27/2010

Why go back to shaking hands, just to feel the uncomfortable renewal of ceasing to do so next winter? Look at history, what we traditionally do isn't necessarily a good thing--and sometimes very clearly a bad thing. Why shake hands? Of what benefit is it? Why do we feel compelled to TOUCH a total stranger?? Even someone that isn't a stranger whose health we know is greatly compromised? I haven't participated in this hand-shaking tradition in years. I've also never had the flu and never get colds, and I'm very much over 40 :) To heck with tradition, health is so much better.

Given my recent discovery that most of us have MITES, and in greater numbers as we age, and they can cause serious health issues in those with compromised immune systems (includes so many of us), I'm now adamant about my no-hand-shaking policy. Touching others in loving ways is wonderful, but we should use great discretion in doing so (wash afterward at the very least when health of another is iffy). These mites stayed burrowed beneath the skin much of the time, feeding off of us. Mites love yeast, and if someone tends to be itchy and have flushing of the skin, they likely have an excessive (unhealthy amount of) both. Enjoy life, but we wisely wary, and above all, take care of yourself--both itchy and non-itchy ones ;)

Dove

Replied by Denise
(Vermont)
04/26/2021
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It's pretty ridiculous not shaking hands and even worse, using poisonous products to kill bacteria (sanitizers) The world has gone utterly mad and fearing a microscopic enemy. It used to be terrorists but now it's a phantom virus. Really people, your body was made to handle almost anything. Exposure is key, if you don't expose your body to all combinations then it's not going to read mutations. Mutations always occur and they occur in the body too. Keeping away from people, keeping away from germs is bad for you in itself. It's better to expose yourself while you're in good health because your immune system learns that way. It only makes it weaker by keeping away from real life.


Reader Feedback
Posted by Susan (Charleston, WV) on 03/02/2009

Vitamin D....My doctor put me on 50,000 units a month. Just one pill a month. I understand that's okay to take. Can you tell me how that works. Does one pill last a whole month? It seems to me it would be better to take a couple thousand a day. Also I sprinkle lecithin on ceral or salad every day and I take coq10 100 units three or four times a week. Would that be harmful to do. Would I be taking too many different things?

I'm just trying to stay healthy. Thanks so much for this site. A lot of very good info on here. I've taken advantage of a lot of it. Thanks again. Susan

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
03/04/2009
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A 50,000 i.u. a month works out to 50,000/30 = 1667 i.u per day. A healthy person on a sun can easily produce 10,000 i.u. in a day. So the fact that giving 50,000 i.u. is like taking a 1700 i.u. vitamin D so that will have a minor impact on a vitamin D deficiency. Most unhealthy people can't produce 10,000 i.u. so they need supplements. But if supplements don't produce 5000 to 10000 i.u. from sun exposure it could mean some problems. As to woman with nursing babies they need about 2000 - 2500 i.u. A sick people I estimate needs at least 20,000 i.u. for people who have muscular atrophy. So the question works out to how much I.U. you need per day. The number is different. For example, in a condition of hyppoparathyroid, the dose required to normalize them is about 150,000 i.u. per day. In one case I remember a person with a muscular atrophy. The dose to reverse that required 20,000 i.u. for about a month. A person with a kidney problem (from lack of vitamin D) needed to get back in order required 50,000 i.u. of D3 for about a month. A good sun exposure will help increase vitamin D, but what's not mentioned is the long term trends in increasing UV radiation output by the sun has been also increasing.

So the issue is one of determining the right I.U. dose for a specific conditions. On the whole vitamin D works better if it's taken daily because in some instances, suppose your stomach didn't work that well on the day vitamin D was consumed, then it's not likely the body will absorb them. Plenty of things can block their absorption, a diarrhea, food poisoning, bouts of constipation, certain foods or gelatin may have blocked the vitamin D from absorbing, the capsules may not have dissolved completely in the stomach. It's my estimation that some people think taking only one capsule of vitamin D will last for a whole month because the body can store the vitamin D. But my experience has been that the vitamin D may not be properly absorbed on that particular day and I my end up missing my entire month of vitamin D. Therefore taking small doses is seen as more wise on the issue of absorption if one day I were to not absorbed, then I have the other 29 days to lean on.

Ted

Replied by Briana
(Dublin, Ireland)
10/18/2009

hi ted i think your brilliant i love reading your remadies on earth clinic so i have a question for you can i take vitamin d3i suffer from c o p d and had a right side silent heart attack 8 months ago also high blood pressure high colestrol bad digestive system only weighe 28 kilos only 4 foot 10 inches in highte im 56 years old and feel like 90 years old cant eat properly because i cant breathe after eating hands and feet are always cold skin very dry even inside ears dry iv started taking colloidal silver and hydrogen proxide for infection and c o p d i also have some msm tablets but have not tried them yet so do you think my lungs would benifit from vitamin d3 can you please let me know a s a p thank you ted i know your a busy man and i appreciate any help you can give me

Replied by Sharik
(Arcata, California, Usa)
10/21/2009

Hi, Briana:

There are several kinds of COPD; emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, and others. It may take a while to find the right combination for you. Try researching:

Chlorophyll Aids in clear breathing
Essential fatty acids For rebuilding and producing new cells
Zinc Protective effects on lung proteins.
DO NOT exceed 100 mgs daily from all supplements.
Copper 3 mgs daily Needed to balance with zinc.
CoQ10 Enhances oxygen in the lungs for use in the body
Free-form aminoacid complex Important for repair of lung tissue.
Grape seed extract 30 mg 3X daily. Helps protect the lungs.
Vitamin A Emulsion form is easier on the system.
Vit.C w/bioflavonoids Aids healing of inflamed tissue
Vit. E 200 IU daily Oxygen carrier and potent antioxident
Calcium and magnesium Chelate forms are best
Kelp Contains minerals needed for improved breathing and healing
Also, research juicing. It may help you get the nourishment you need w/o tiring you.

Hope this helps.
Peace, Sharik

Replied by Briana
(Dublin, Ballyfermot, Ireland)
10/21/2009

to sharik thank you very much for your advice i have emphysema for 8 years now been to doctors homeopaths chinese herbal medicine and acupuntcure and still no better then i found this site i believe saint anthony lead me here i asked him to help me find a cure for my emphysema and next thing i know im on this site i think its a great place i stay on it for hours i will take your advice and research all the vitamins you listed for me once again thank you and god bless you and all the people at earth clinic


Rosacea

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Posted by Pam (Santa Fe, New Mexico) on 05/16/2009
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Rosacea and Vitamin D

Have had mild rosacea for a year with broken capillaries on checks. Condition worsened considerably this past winter with pustules within red swellings appearing on face and neck in new places almost daily. I wondered why my skin was calm, with no redness, when I got up in the morning. I read a blog about Vit. D helping rosacea. Hmmm, I took my 1000 IU of Vit. D at night; perhaps that was why my skin was calm in the a.m., I reasoned. I started taking 1000 IU Vit. D when I got up in the morning as well as before bed. I noticed significant positive results immediately. My skin is almost entirely cleared up in one week, even the broken capillaries and redness in the cheeks has subsided. But the best thing is that the oozing pores and pustules have almost completely ceased. I still have maybe one pustule appearing per day, but it's isolated, and not like before where a 1/4" round area of my skin became very red with numerous oozing pores and one pustule within that area that took several days to calm down. I can't believe how easy this was. I'd read that rosacea is worsened by sunlight, so during this past winter I wouldn't go outside without sunscreen and a hat. My rosacea got much worse during this time period. I think I just got low in Vit. D. I'm 58 so that lower ability to absorb Vit. D may be part of it, too.


Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by Jan (Mi) on 10/11/2018

Seasonal Affective Disorder ..SAD

I am totally convinced that I am suffering from SAD. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. I'm looking into getting a therapy light and also wondered if anyone had any suggestions on that. I've searched the internet and there are so many. I do supplement with vitamin D, magnesium, b complex and all the rest of the vitamins and minerals. I try to eat healthy most of the time and exercise (although I need to do more). I do miss the sunshine:(

Replied by Steve
(Nv)
10/11/2018

5HTP and the light therapy will be hugely helpful for SAD.

Replied by Bill
(The Philippines)
10/11/2018

Hi Jan...If it were me and I had SAD, I would take the following simple protocol:

Niacinamide (no flush) -- 500 mgs 3 times a day with meals. You can also safely increase this dose to 1000 mgs 3 times a day if it is helping. There are few significant side effects with niacinamide -- it's quite safe at higher dosage.

B50 Complex -- once a day with a meal.

See the research here: http://drjaydavidson.com/s-a-d-winter-blues/

Here's some more research by Dr Abram Hoffer, one of the Fathers of orthomolecular medicine, on the benefits of taking higher dose niacin/niacinamde for various psychoses and depression:

http://www.doctoryourself.com/hoffer_psychosis.html

All about the benefits of higher dose niacin/niacinamide for the body:

http://www.doctoryourself.com/hoffer_niacin.html

I take at least 500 mgs of niacin (with flush) once or twice a day. Keeps my blood healthy, gives me energy, helps to prevent arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes 2 and also helps to keep me calm and happy.

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Us)
10/12/2018

Jan, I really miss the sun on my skin as fall is upon us. I tan as much as is reasonable while the sun is out and take vitamin K to store the D. Fall comes with shorter, cooler, darker days and rain ... but for me the autumn brings with it holiday pressures to make everyone happy .The media has put great subconscious demands on us to buy and decorate to fulfill the people in our lives. It sells products but does not produce healthy emotions. Most of the gatherings are filled with foods that are not very healthy and people stressed by the added pressures. I try as much as possible to get outdoors even in the cooler weather. We are body, mind, and spirit and our health improves when we address all the areas that affect us. I felt led to write this to you. Hope you find what heals you of SAD and fills your cup with joy overflowing. Blessings, Charity

Replied by Jan
(Mi)
10/12/2018

Bill, thanks for the suggestions. I will enjoy reading the sites that you included in your post. I do have niacinamide. I'll get right on it. The B complex too. Thanks again for taking the time to help me out. It's really appreciated.

Thanks, Charity. That was a very sweet reply and so appropriate. We are having an extremely dark gloomy day today and I've just tried to keep in mind how very fortunate I am. And yes, the holidays can be an anxious time, but as I've gotten older, I've given up a lot of things I used to do and let the kids do them now. I do know, that after three or four dark days, it really can get to me and throw me into anxiety/panic attacks. My mood starts to go downhill in late October and get better every March. Thanks again for reminding me to smell the flowers.



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