Vitamin D Health Benefits

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Posted by Bonita (Rochester, MN, USA) on 01/03/2009
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Found this website looking for flea remedies and found so much more! I too am always looking for remedies other than what are mainstream, just because it seems to me there has got to be more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak!

Read about Vitamin D deficincy in The Star Tribune by a doctor at the U of MN who discovered how many people suffer from a lack of it. Of course, I am a blue eyed blond who frys like a lobster in the sun and can't remember when the last time was that I went outdoors without sunscreen and and hat so I began taking a D supplement right away. I take 2000 IU of vitamin D daily. I have to say that I feel pretty darn good considering I have arthritis in all the major joints of my body.

I also have been using lysine to take care of my Herpes simplex outbreaks for years and would not be without it. I find that if I take 4-6 500 mg tablets at the first sign of the itch/tingle on my lip, and then 2 tablets every couple of hours after that, I can most times, stop it in its tracks and completely skip and signs of the break out. If I am nowhere near my supply of lysine and I get those symptoms, taking it at first opportunity causes the leisons to heal very rapidly. In any case, it works for me.

Am going to try the apple cider vinegar thing as well, for arthritis and for the flea problem. Weird that it will be for 2 such unrelated problems but If it works, who cares. It is certainly safe enough. Thanks for being here as a sounding board and gathering of natural remedies.

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Posted by Patti (Canton, Ohio USA) on 12/18/2008

EC and contributors, thank you for your dedication in helpful health and wellness information. I am confused about the vitamin D issue. I understand vitamin D is a steroid rather than a vitamin. If this is so, would the D actually suppress or support the immune system. I am very low in D and would like to supplement with it once my confusion is cleared up. So can someone please shed some light on this issue for me. Thanks Regards Patti

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Posted by Mussen (Montreal, Canada) on 12/02/2008
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With all the hype around vitamin D3 nowadays, I thought I would try it. But this is my second time I've tried and stopped because I hate the way it changes my body odor, including my "female parts" and when I work up a sweat. Even my cats have noticed when sitting in my lap....

Perhaps it's because I rarely eat meat that I really noticed the change, but I can't tolerate it. I feel really animal-ly. I noticed my libido increased a bit and I had a touch more energy, but it's not worth it for me. I'll just try to get more sunshine in the winter.

Replied by Debbie
(South Bend, Indiana, USA)

Vitamin D & "female" odor.

Mussen, You will have to use a tanning booth to get sunshine at your latitude in the winter months. You can stand outside all day, stark raving naked in Canada and the sun can be high in the sky.... and you won't make one ounce of vitamin d. You really need to do more research in this area. Canada is one of the few countries that is doing credible research on vitamin d. I really hope you take the time to check this out.

If you would like good information you can check the web site or visit

These are both not-for-profits (sunshine is free and the supplements are cheap so nobody is making money).

From Indiana

Replied by T
(Maryland, USA)

I've been supplementing with D3 for a couple of months now and haven't noticed any effect like this. Are you taking a 'pure' supplement? Check the label for fillers - they may be the actual culprit. Also, how much are you taking?

Replied by Darlene
(Toronto, Ontario)

There is a LOT of research indicating that vitamin D supplements are safe up to 10,000 IU a day... Unless you have Crohns, irritable bowel syndrome or certain immune deficiencies. Check your blood level in the middle of winter after taking three months of a supplement. This will indicate whether you are getting enough vitamin D throughout the year to support calcium absorption.

Replied by Anna

Yeah, generally: one should take between 13 I.U and 34 I.U of vitamin D3 per pound of body weight. I'm pretty sure I notice that the 'dry' form of D3 is more potent than the lanolin kind, too. Joseph Mercola once wrote that some organization or something thought: we can take up to 35 I.U per pound of body weight. I've done some of my 'homework' though, and found out: that's too high.

Replied by Art
950 posts

Vitamin D is pretty unique to each individual and there is not a one dose fits all application for it. Generally if you carry a lot of body fat it can require significantly more vitamin D to reach a specific 25 OH d serum level than a person who has low body fat even though their weight may be equal. If you are trying to reach a specific 25 OH d level in the optimum range, the only way to do that and be sure is by having a 25 OH d test done. These can be done by mail with a pin prick test directly with a lab. This would be very important if you are trying to treat a specific health issue by getting your 25 OH d level into the upper end of the reference range (reference range: 30 ~ 100 ng/ml).

Some cancer studies suggest that optimal anti-cancer activity may occur around the 80 ng/ml level. Dr. Cannell suggests working your serum level up toward the upper end of the range for autism and even above if improvement continues, and then decrease the dose when no further improvement is seen, but again that would require regular testing by your doctor.

Some people just require more vitamin d than others to reach a specific serum level so it is more important to take whatever dose is needed to reach the desired serum level and test to be sure rather than choose a dose that may or may not achieve the proper 25 OH d serum level for you.


Red Algae

Posted by Kerrie (Sydney, Nsw Australia) on 09/19/2012

I have AS, diagnosed nearly 8 years ago. I have tried everything and stumbled upon something that has made a remarkable difference to my pain. I have been taking a supplement with vitamin d3 1000iu per tablet, boran(from borax)1mg, selenium 50mcg, and natural vitamin E 33 mg. I have been taking this supplement two mid morning and one in the afternoon. At the same time I am taking red algea (lithothamnion calcareum) 500mg, twice a day (taken at same time as red algea). Before trying this, talk to your Dr, not everyone is vitamin D difficient. I avoid the sun as I am fair skinned and burn easily.


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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

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

Replied by Bill
(The Philippines)

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:

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:

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

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)

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

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.

Sleep Problems

Posted by Mt (Ottawa, Ontario) on 12/18/2013

It looks as a vitamin D deficiency can mess up your sleep. Bad sleep is preventing the body from self healing. The link below may give you more details. If interested you may also watch one of the videos.

I feel as people in developed country are missing a lot the sun benefits. Most of the time you are inside and the windows have UV blockers and when you go out you put sunscreen. Also winter is sometimes too long. I am not sure that D3 intake will fix the missing vitamin D in the body(without messing up something else) but it is the option we have now -at least for the long winter season.

Vitamin D Deficiencies

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Posted by Lisa (Michigan) on 01/11/2007
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What does cod liver oil have to do with cholesterol? When you get exposure to sunshine (which excludes most people in N. America) on a daily basis, your body uses cholesterol to make vitamin D. This is one reason you body makes an excess. Of course, if you do not get any sun exposure, you don't use up the extra cholesterol, nor do you produce much vitamin D. Most of the diseases that they warn you about resulting from high cholesterol, are really vitamin D deficiencies. Try having your vitamin D levels checked. You may be surprised. Also, low HDL is worse than "high" cholesterol levels, as evident in many heart conditions. A current study shows that the one thing people who live very long lives (over 100 yrs.) had in common was very high HDL levels. If you can't get any sun exposure, at least you can take cod liver oil (some brands taste OK) but you will still have high cholesterol levels. Niacin will raise your HDL level. FYI. Details: (On the importance of vitamin d levels)

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
383 posts

Lisa: Egg yolk liquid, WITHOUT the white eggs, will have high HDL, but low LDL and it also has biotin and MSM, which helps the glowing skin and hair growth. So if you want to raise HDL, a partially cooked eggs where yolk is liquid and without the whites are preferable. Cod liver oil has some vitamin D, but at the dose were are taking today it is a lot lower than what our grandparents used to take, which was one or two tablespoon. Now we take them in capsules, and quite often it is about at least 1/8 the amount.

People with suicidal tendencies or other behavioral problems such as violent criminals were found to have very low HDL. A simple egg yolk remedy may help depression, and other behavioral problems in children, or possibly your spouse! Perhaps eating an egg yolk for an hour or two before arguing will at least cool down some the fuse from the delay and the yolk!

One easy way to increase the natural vitamin D is to do what the fishes aquarium have been doing for ages: installing black light which have small amounts of UV.

In fact if vaseline were exposed within inches of blacklight bulbs or UV, for several hours, a vaseline will have a healing properties which is not related to vitamin D, but a yet to be identified petrolatum that makes it beneficial to the body.

Vitamin D From Sun

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Posted by Robert Henry (St George Island, Fla.) on 05/04/2015
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HI U GOOD FOLKS DOIN, , , , , , , , , jus came in from being in the sun for about 2 hours on this gulf beach. There was not a cloud in the sky and I figure we got about 50,000 iu units of Vitamin D 3. And will go out for more later.

A number of years ago the FDA said all you needed was 800 iu units a day but lately they have raised this to 2000 iu. Our Anti-Aging Knoxville doctor says you should supplement in the winter with 50,000 iu units a day every other day. Our Progressive folks in Atlanta say 20,000 a day for a large adult.

Here is a URL that explains how the sun makes Vitamin D 3 by shining on your skin capillaries.

When you supplement, then beware of Vitamin D2 because it is not natural and is synthetic and is a waste of your time.

Another fallacy is to get your sun in the early morning or late afternoon. That is bull. The rays you need for Vitamin D are at high noon. You just don't need to stay as long and don't use sunscreen. Getting a tan and making Vitamin D are two different things.

Use sunscreen if you are going to be out all day. That is a no brainer. Like the authors of the latest health book I am reading said, medical science is not fact, it's just conclusions from a basis study. If it a law that God came up with, then buy in, otherwise, be leery of yo fellow man's opinion. If it's a natural law, then it never changes. So much of medical facts change:i.e. don't eat eggs, yeah now it's OK to eat eggs.... don't eat fat, yeah now it's OK to eat fat. Drink coffee, no don't drink coffee. You know the story.

Your best bet is to grow veggies or buy from farmers that are good stewards of the land.

Read good health books, take a break and then read some more. Your health is largely dependent on your knowledge. Folks on EC help, but even weigh what they say.


Vitamin D Side Effects

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Posted by Gemma (Wales) on 08/19/2015
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I took 10,000iu of vitamin D3 plus a k2 supplement for 3 weeks and developed nasty side effects. My joints all started clicking, my knees became painful and my muscles started twitching. I could also feel a weird sensation in my teeth and had lower back pain. A muscle allergy tester diagnosed calcium deposits in all my joints and tendons and recommended phytoplankton 3 times per day and ACV 3 times per day. I have been taking these for 2 weeks and have had slight improvement (I'm not twitching much anymore). I added a magnesium oil yesterday which appears to have helped my back pain.

But my joints still click (everywhere! ) and my tendons are painful. Other people on vitamin d forums have mentioned their joints clicking too. Have you got any suggestions? Should I try the chanca piedra? I'm scared to put any supplements into my body anymore.

Best Wishes.


Replied by KT

Hi Gemma, I would suggest getting some magnesium powder from the HF store. Dissolve about 1/4 tsp. in OJ and drink it with or after a protein meal. Preferably after having eggs for breakfast.

Magnesium binds with protein before it is absorbed (Nutrition Almanac). I have a long history of injuries, reported degerative disc disease and joint pain that has been relieved after adding the magnesium powder to my diet. Staying away from contributing factors such as hidden sources of MSG (a nerve stimulant) is important but with today's tainted food supply it can be difficult. Sometimes the binders and fillers in supplements contain hidden sources. I cannot ingest a gelatin capsule without problems. The capsule alone contains 11-13 mg. of MSG. I had been told that magnesium can offer some protection against the toxic effects of MSG.

It would also be very beneficial for you to get a few minutes of sunlight every day. It is reported in a Nutrition Almanac that 15 min. a day, several days a week does not pose a toxic threat and could provide you with what you need for health. The almanac also reports the sun coverts cholesterol to vitamin D.

Vitamin D Side Effects
Posted by Heli (New York) on 12/20/2014
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My Vitamin D level is very low and my doctor told me to take vitamin D. I started vitamin D3 and I have muscle pain. I started with Magnesium 500mg and I was ok. I am not sure what kind of Magnesium I can take with vitamin D. Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Chloride or other kind of Magensium. Please help

Replied by Myway
(Wilmington, De)

High doses of Vit D will deplete your magnesium so, I would suggest magnesium chloride in liquid form. Add the suggested amount in a very large glass of water and sip it throughout the day to get maximum absorption and reduce chances of diarrhea. The hard pills generally are not absorbed well from what I've read. Good Luck.

Vitamin D Side Effects
Posted by Briona (Santa Monica, Ca) on 04/16/2010
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A few months ago, I was feeling a bit down and slightly depressed, perhaps due to the lack of sunshine during our rainy winter, and decided to take Vitamin D. I am pretty picky when it comes to my health so I selected a reputable brand of D3 (cholecalciferol) and started taking 6000 IU a day. First, my energy level increased and my mood brightened up but after hardly a week, I started feeling very tired, and not well. My legs felt very heavy, like if I had poor blood circulation; going up the stairs became challenging and my muscles were shivering - or felt like it. One night, I woke up, my body in spasm. This is when I stopped taking D3. All symptoms disappeared within 24-48 hours.

Replied by Merryanne
(Orange City, Florida, Usa)
120 posts

Hello Briona, I am sorry to hear of your problem,,,I am taking 5,000-6,000 unit of D3 my self for about 6 weeks, and now for the last week I have been having some unusual sideeffects, at least they are unusal for me at 63 years old,,I have been more sexually aroused than when I was 40 years old, It causes me to have problems going to sleep and I do not dare go out for a drink I am afraid I will forget I am a christian lady,,,I feel like a she cat in heat,,,so I have stopped taking for two days and see if that helps,,,but other wise I feel good, more energy,, less appetite, I have lost 6 pounds and enjoy my house work and am in a happy mood, have stoped taking depression medication,,, now if I can get a hold of my sex drive and feel like I will not molest the men around me I will be ok...Merryanne in Central FL

EC: Merryanne, what brand of D3 are you taking? Also, what is the D3 made from... can you please list all ingredients (including fillers) on your bottle? Thanks so much!

Replied by Merryanne
(Orange City, Florida, Usa)
120 posts

Hi to EC from Merryanne, here is the following information on my D3:

Brand: Spring valley (from wal Mart)
20000 IU each

ingred: soybean oil, gelatin, glycerin, water, corn oil, carmel (artificial color), cod liver oil, Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)

EC: Thanks very much. Same ingredients as the D3 sold at Costco!

Replied by Robert Henry
(Ten Mile, Tn Usa)

The 20,000 iu of D 3 has to be a mistake. Folks normally take 1,000 iu and a 5,000 iu dose during flu season, etc.

EC: Yes, thanks for catching it. Must be a typo. D3 is often sold in 2,000 iu/capsules unless you get a prescription from a doc's office for 50,000 iu (taken once a week for 1-2 months).

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

Just to tell you that yesterday I took one dose of vitamine D3 prescribed by my skin doctor as I was a bit high on vitamin A and a bit too low on D3. The dose, which is taken once every three or every six months was 100.000 U.I. On the box it is written Uvedose and Cholecalciferol.

Replied by Spunkymunky
(Jabba Wankaleela, Shoobiedoobiedahdahdee)

The reason you were experiencing that is because a) You were taking D2 or b) You're not taking magnesium with it. Look up magnesium, vitamin D. Vitamin D creates a magnesium deficiency FAST, if you don't have enough magnesium as it is you'll get immediate side effects. It's not the D itself, it's the lack of magnesium. Also, if you don't take magnesium, Vitamin D won't absorb because it needs magnesium to do so. Magnesium chloride, "magnesium oil " is the best.

Vitamin D Testing at Home

Posted by Deirdre (Earth Clinic) on 03/15/2010

Would love to know if anyone has tried this company for an at-home blood spot test for vitamin d levels? My husband's friend (a chiropractor) just emailed him this link. Costs $75 per test. This test is not available for residents of New York, unfortunately. And if you live in California, you will need to have a prescription from a health care provider before you can order the test.

Please send us your feedback if you've used this (or any other online company) to test your vitamin d levels. Thanks!

Replied by Lori
(Dayton, Oh)

I have used the ZRT tests for vitamin D, although I guess the price has gone up. It's a simple blood test - easy to administer. A few drops of blood and send it off. It took about 2 weeks for the results. I still have 2 unused tests. I take a daily supplement of D3 (and a high quality cod liver oil for vitamin A with NO problems maintaining a desirable level of D3 - I think it's a ratio issue)but I'll be vacationing at the beach this summer. I know my levels with supplementation; now I'm interested to see how they change with sun exposure exclusively.

One more thing, a discussion about vitamin D3 and calcium is not complete without discussion of vitamin K2 which dictates calcium deposition.

Vitamin D-3

Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 10/09/2011

Here is a wonderful youtube video by Dr John Cannell on the importance of vitamin D and getting the sun to on your skin "without sunblock". Sunblock has some terrible chemicals which enter your skin easily transdermally to the rest of your body.

He also mentions that wearing sunglasses is blocking the sun from your eyes and is not heathy either.

Anyone who is sick or not feeling well (or wants to stay healthy) should spend time out in the sun with skin exposed on a regular basis.

Replied by Steve
(Las Vegas, Nevada)

Hopefully it will be ok to post this video:

The video is by a neurologist who really has no interest in health food or vitamins but found that by getting her patients on high levels of D3 many of them had almost miraculous recoveries from fibro, sleep disorders, migraines, sleep apnea and many more issues. Watch all five parts if you can.

Peace, Steve

Vitamin D-3 and Olive Oil

Posted by Didimo (Venice, Italy) on 08/22/2011

I have 1 gr. of vitamin D3 and I want to make the integrator mixed it with olive oil. How many oil have to be used to obteine the right dosage? Thank you!

Replied by Didimo
(Venezia, Italia)

New add: in a book of Dr. Clark she write to use 8 cups of olive oil and 1 gram of D3, ten drops a day for 2 weeks. Can Ted say if it is safe and how many drops to use? Thank you.

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