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Old 12-17-2012, 12:44 PM   #1
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Vitamin D - better to go over or under?

So, my doctor said i need to be getting 2000 IU a day. I can only find 1000 IU drops. However, from other pills i take a day i'm already getting 800 IU. Should i take 2 drops of straight Vitamin D and get my 800 IU from pills (in total 2800 a day) or 1 drop of Vitamin D and get my 800 IU from pills (in total 1800 a day)?

Is it harmful to get more than 2000 a day? or more harmful to get less?

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I take 5000 IU daily. So no it's not harmful to go over 2000 IU. Vitamin D is so good for you
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:44 PM   #3
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Re: Vitamin D - better to go over or under?

you should check to see if Vit D is water soluble. With water soluble vitamins, you can't really get in too much trouble because your body will pass any extra. With fat soluble vitamins, the extra can build up and you can get in trouble with taking too much.

my guess is that Vit D is probably okay since it's added to lots of foods like milk and grain products.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:04 PM   #4
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Re: Vitamin D - better to go over or under?

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which means that it is stored and you can in fact overdose on it. Toxic amounts are pretty high, but I would still confirm with your doctor. They know what your levels are and can monitor them.
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Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin which means that it is stored and you can in fact overdose on it. Toxic amounts are pretty high, but I would still confirm with your doctor. They know what your levels are and can monitor them.
This is mostly true of Vitamin D2. High levels of D3 have been proven to be safe. After all, a good dose of sunshine provides much more Vitamin D3 than the average supplement. However, Vitamin D works synergistically with A, so you really need both of these. Food-based vitamins are always better than synthetic, so we take a fermented cod liver oil supplement that naturally contains the appropriate ratio of Vitamins A and D.
http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-live...tamins-a-and-d

And...all you EVER want to read about Vitamins A, D, and K.
http://www.westonaprice.org/fat-solu...od-to-sunshine
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Re: Vitamin D - better to go over or under?

Okay, so i went and looked on the box. The Vitamin D drops are D3 drops with 1000 IU per drop and are in olive oil, flaxseed oil, vitamin E. My other vitamins are pills that have 400 each so i don't know if that is fat soluble?

The nurse said she 'didn't know, but thinks i should do 1800, not 2800' Okay, seriously, if you don't know, ask someone else. I can't get in again to ask a Vitamin D question. Oh, yah, it was suggested to me by the nurse to go find a less IU Vitamin D
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This is mostly true of Vitamin D2. High levels of D3 have been proven to be safe. After all, a good dose of sunshine provides much more Vitamin D3 than the average supplement. However, Vitamin D works synergistically with A, so you really need both of these. Food-based vitamins are always better than synthetic, so we take a fermented cod liver oil supplement that naturally contains the appropriate ratio of Vitamins A and D.
http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-live...tamins-a-and-d

And...all you EVER want to read about Vitamins A, D, and K.
http://www.westonaprice.org/fat-solu...od-to-sunshine
I agree with this.

Also, I personally feel that for the most part, if you stick to whole food type supplements, you will have less of an issue with overdose.

The PP is correct, though, some vitamin D is fat soluble, so be careful.

Check what type is in the pills. Is it d2 of d3?
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I agree with this.

Also, I personally feel that for the most part, if you stick to whole food type supplements, you will have less of an issue with overdose.

The PP is correct, though, some vitamin D is fat soluble, so be careful.

Check what type is in the pills. Is it d2 of d3?
You and I must have posted around the same time. It is D3. I do get Vit A in my other pills, but only 1000IU.

The D3 drops are by Natural Factors and are in Olive oil, flaxseed oil, vitamin E (the non-medicinal ingredients).
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You and I must have posted around the same time. It is D3. I do get Vit A in my other pills, but only 1000IU.

The D3 drops are by Natural Factors and are in Olive oil, flaxseed oil, vitamin E (the non-medicinal ingredients).
LOL. No I posted way later than you. I'm just tired and my eyes are crossing and for some reason, my brain has stopped functioning. haha.

I have no idea about the vitamin D. I can't concentrate to think clearly enough.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:57 PM   #10
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Re: Vitamin D - better to go over or under?

I thought I had been doing a pretty good job on Vit D, taking between 2000-5000 iu a day. When they tested my levels, they were super, super low and my OB put me on a once a week Vit D supplement that has 50,000iu. Just wanted to throw that out there. Even if you're getting what you think is a fairly high dose, without a blood test you can still be extremely deficient.
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