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What's the truth about taking vitamin d / probiotics / fish oils?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 05, 2013 at 8:56 PM

I have my opinion formed but I wanted to see what you guys think! Do you take it? Why or why not? and if its not asking too much, what else do you take?

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on July 06, 2013
at 01:16 PM

I've read of negative returns above the 50s. Also doesn't it antagonize Vit A?

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on July 06, 2013
at 09:22 AM

It's hard to say if that is too much or not since the level taken for toxicity is 50,000 IUs per day for several months, a level you are likely far from. A simple blood test could do wonders for finding out your levels once and for all.

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34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on July 05, 2013
at 10:39 PM

I supplement vitamin D regularly, as I don't get out into the sun as much as I should. I've never had my levels checked, so I don't actually know if it's doing anything.

I don't supplement fish oil, as I'm pretty convinced I get enough omega 3 through my diet alone.

I also take a high strength probiotic, and I definitely notice a difference in the digestive department when I don't take it.

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on July 06, 2013
at 07:56 PM

I used to take Vitamin D, probiotics, and fish oil. Now I don't take any of it. I get out into the sun as often as possible. I eat fermented foods like sauerkraut. And I eat fish.

I don't buy into the supplement bandwagon anymore. I'm not convinced this is a good idea. Fish oil can be nasty rancid stuff. Fish is a better source.

Probiotics are a shotgun blast of a limited number of good bugs, if they are even in what you bought. Fermented foods have a much wider spectrum of goodies.

I don't tolerate Vitamin D supplements well at all. They raise my blood pressure and interfere with my sleep (I am very sensitive to supplements and medications). The sun works just fine.

I also don't take protein powders, multi-vitamins, or take advice from the media about what's hot and what's not with micro and macro nutrients that supposedly do this or that for your body. Forget about it. When I dumped all of this stuff, I have lots of extra money and feel better and am more healthy.

I eat food, get outside, and quit worrying about the rest.

Your mileage may vary.

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on July 06, 2013
at 09:31 AM

Why not test your current levels to determine your strategy going forward? For vitamin D that is any way. My ancestors on one side of my family have lived right where I am at currently for thousands of years, my ancestors on the other side came from Northern Europe. I get tested, the last time, which was years ago, told me I was "fine," whatever that means. I'm getting testing again because I opted to decrease my supplementation due to excessive sun exposure and concerns over toxicity. I realized it is silly to make changes without lab work. It's not that hard to get accurate labs, so why not? I no longer want levels that are generally considered O.K. but levels that are similar to those seen to correlate with increased protection for cancers and other health risks.

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on July 06, 2013
at 04:02 AM

I take D and K2 daily, drink dairy Kefir and water kefir, and fish oil when I'm not eating enough fish. The D got my levels out of the basement, and the probiotics definitely help my digestion (specifically with lactose tolerance).

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on July 06, 2013
at 03:25 AM

i take 10,000 iu of Vitamin D daily. I use a sublingual tablet so it's absorbed really quickly and efficiently. I have ulcerative colitis and things can go through my digestive system really fast and not be absorbed at all, so that's why I choose sublingual tablets for most of my supplements. when I started it, my levels were in the forties. now they are in the nineties.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on July 06, 2013
at 01:16 PM

I've read of negative returns above the 50s. Also doesn't it antagonize Vit A?

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on July 07, 2013
at 09:33 AM

I drink some fish oil occasionally if I think I haven't had fish in a while. Sporadically have D3 too, more often in winter periods. No probiotics, in bought form that is. I do drink water kefir, eat sauerkraut, miso, and (very infrequently) kvass.

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on July 06, 2013
at 04:58 PM

Vitamin D3, yes. 35000 IU per week.

Probiotics, no.

Fish oil, sometimes. I used to take 8 grams per day consistently. I now take a handful (4-6 grams) whenever I feel I haven't had fish in a while.

In addition to D3, I take 5 mg vitamin K2-MK4 per week and 4 mg astaxanthin daily. I'm only experimenting with astaxanthin currently, but I've had no sunburns depsite going sunscreen-free this summer. Then again, I have developed no base tan either. Hrm.

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on July 06, 2013
at 04:34 PM

I do raw sugar water kefir in anaerobic Pickl-it jars 2nd fermented with fresh fruit in flip-top bottles. It comes out like tasty soda, with the added benefit of being a probiotic. I started off my supplementation regimen with FCLO+butter oil, which I still pop on occasion, but, I'm less convinced of its benefits than I used to be. A few times a week when I'm not eating seafood, I take 0.5-1.0tsp of Nutrasea TG-form calamari oil with high DHA. I swear I almost feel a little boost in focus after taking it (though, it could be the green tea extract they throw in there.) I started off with 1000iu of D3 daily in extra virgin olive oil, lately, I've bumped it up to 2000iu. I'm working acquiring a taste for Natto, but, in the meanwhile I usually take 100mcg of Mk-7 K2 in the mornings. I also do 100mg chelated Mg glycinate 2 or 3 times a day with meals, 500mg C a few times a week, a B100 once a week, and 15 mg Zinc/ 1mg Copper a couple times a week. I've got 3 or 4 varieties of loose organic green tea I do 2 or 3 cups a day with (dragonwell / hachiju-hachiya / jasmine pearl / darjeeling.) Feels good.

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on July 06, 2013
at 01:17 PM

I take a cod liver oil and occasional Vitamin D supplements. I don't take probiotics, I just work to get adequate soluble fiber in my diet.

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on July 06, 2013
at 07:41 AM

The truth is be natural - eat a lot of oily fish and be in the sun.In summer in UK I lie with nothing much on for 20 minutes after lunch in the sun and that helps a lot. I don't think Vit D tablets work as well for all kinds of reasons but presumably may be beter than nothing. My multi vit supposedly has 10ug (200% RDA). I eat grilled salmon for 4 lunches a week but also take one extra high strength cod liver oil pill a day but again I think the real food is the best way. I just have not bothered to stop my vitamins yet. Actually that says 100% RDA vit d on the fish oil so that means leaving aside my good diet and all the sun shine I am taking 300% RDA for Vit D, recommended x 3 which actually could be too much perhaps.

Actually reading this link I don't think my levels are anything to worry about. Interesting that our wonderful bodies regulate vit D from the sun to get the right amount but don't with pills which proves that the natural way is always the best. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-d-toxicity/AN02008

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on July 06, 2013
at 09:22 AM

It's hard to say if that is too much or not since the level taken for toxicity is 50,000 IUs per day for several months, a level you are likely far from. A simple blood test could do wonders for finding out your levels once and for all.

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