Is anyone here supplementing with hefty amounts of the fat soluble vitamins A (Retinol) D3 and K2-MK-4 (Activator-X)? I know that Weston Price emphasizes this as rather important and I know that Vitamins A and D up-regulate the opposites receptor's cites, working synergistically. I also know that k2 activates Matrix Gla Protein and Osteocalcin which are up-regulated by Vitamins A and D and works to de-calcify the blood-stream.
I mention Red Meat because Red Meat includes heme-iron, zinc and some of the B-complex. Add in some aged cheese and you have a great source of calcium and phosphorus. I don't have any proof (EDIT: I do now) but I feel like adding a large amount of the fat solubles (Vitamin A) should help with the digestion and assimilation of other foods by both gene regulation (Vitamin D regulates 1000 genes) and aiding the intestinal barrier.
Is anyone else supplementing with ADK in big doses? Whether from supplements or from Cod Liver Oil?
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I use Green Pastures cod liver oil and butter oil. I'm not sure what you would consider large amounts, but I take a few teaspoons of each daily. I believe in the WAPF position on vitamin A and D. And I believe that the cod liver oil helps with inflammation that I have from autoimmune issues.
I supplement 6,000 IUs of D3.
I get my A from weekly liver and my K2 from Gouda cheese & pastured butter.
I would never personally supplement large amounts of A & K--easy to get optimal amounts via food. I supplement D3 because it keeps my asthma at bay. Sun exposure will keep me in the optimal range for someone without an inflammatory condition--it's just not enough for me.
CLO has non-evolutionary ratios of A to D, so I would not use it unless I was not able to get enough food(like the communities WAP studied who used CLO.)
I supplement 5000 iu D3. I get 5000-10000 iu A from cream, butter, liver, etc so no need to supplement.
Although I eat a lot of pastured butter and ghee, it's hard to find good sources of data on the actual K2 content of these foods, so I've recently started supplementing with Life Extentions Super K. It's got 1000mcg K1, 1000mcg K2-MK4, and 100mcg K2-MK7.
From what I've read recently its important to make sure you have enough K2 to completely activate all the K2-dependent proteins produced by Vit A and D or you might have calcium wind up in soft tissues instead of in bones and teeth. Since there's no known toxicity to K1 or K2, why not be sure.
Note that there are also synthetic K3-K7, some of which can be toxic. I avoid these.