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Low vitamin D Level

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I recently had some bloodwork done and they found my vitamin d levels were pretty far below normal, which could explain some of my excessive tiredness and increased depression.. My doctor recommended I take a supplement. Are there any brands/supplements that are better quality than others? Should I get one at a more of a health store or Whole Foods or is ok to just pick one up at Target?

Thanks for the help!!!

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on July 21, 2012
at 03:05 AM

You're welcome! I hope they work great for you.

D7042201e988e9c5e62ecd462959aff5

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on July 19, 2012
at 01:30 PM

i just ordered these from amazon.. so excited! thanks for the recommendation!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on July 19, 2012
at 03:47 AM

Why on earth would this be down voted? You always have useful information. Grr.

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on July 19, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I take that brand also.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 18, 2012
at 11:53 PM

Please send some of your sun to Seattle. We got a little sun last week, but Junuary has seemingly rolled into Julvember.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 18, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Thanks j3wcy!!!

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on July 18, 2012
at 09:41 PM

I got you Happy.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on July 18, 2012
at 09:41 PM

What's with the bs downvotes?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 18, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Show yourself downvoter. Do you not like this brand, or what? I found it to be a useful product.

4303a65967884e68bfae59817c227351

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on July 18, 2012
at 08:14 PM

I second this product. One drop, days done.

D7042201e988e9c5e62ecd462959aff5

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on July 18, 2012
at 06:26 PM

i think i'm going to try these! thank you!

D7042201e988e9c5e62ecd462959aff5

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:55 PM

this is awesome!! thank you!!!

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:06 PM

+1 for the Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil. They can't claim the vitamin content, but you can find this information. 1 tsp boasts a big (but safe) dose of A & D, and plenty of omega-3. There are cautions against too much vitamin A, but these assume sources where the A & D aren't in balance. With the right balance, they're safe. I use the fermented cod liver/high vitamin butter oil blend cinnamon gel. I was prepared to hold my nose and choke it down, but it turns out to be very mild tasting. Only the gel texture bothers me. As a plus: it's a natural food source, not a supplement.

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on July 18, 2012
at 02:55 PM

I've been using the NOW brand of D3 (5000mg) ordered from Amazon. It's been effective for me and based on the reviews found on Amazon, lots of people use it / trust it.

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on July 18, 2012
at 02:45 PM

There's two kinds of Vitamin D. Vitamin D2 (which we get in the diet) and Vitamin D3 (which our body produces where we are in the sun).

The farther north you live, the more likely you'll be deficient because there's less daylight year around than at the equator.

You can take a supplement, as well as spend more time in the sun (lots of skin exposed such as your back). Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, so it's important to take it with fat to increase absorption because Vitamin D is hard for the body to absorb in general. Take a liquid form for easier absorption, and take it with a fatty meal with olive or fish oil for good measure.

I'm still working on doing this myself, but I'd recommend a fermented fish oil (cod liver oil not castor oil!) if you're not allergic. Make sure it's not filtered/heat treated (which is really hard to find now a days). Green Pasture has one that I hear good things about, supposedly the cinnamon doesn't taste too bad. If you can't stand the taste, they also have liquid caps.

Here's another thread with more on Vitamin D. Vitamin D on Paleo Hacks

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on July 18, 2012
at 03:06 PM

+1 for the Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil. They can't claim the vitamin content, but you can find this information. 1 tsp boasts a big (but safe) dose of A & D, and plenty of omega-3. There are cautions against too much vitamin A, but these assume sources where the A & D aren't in balance. With the right balance, they're safe. I use the fermented cod liver/high vitamin butter oil blend cinnamon gel. I was prepared to hold my nose and choke it down, but it turns out to be very mild tasting. Only the gel texture bothers me. As a plus: it's a natural food source, not a supplement.

D7042201e988e9c5e62ecd462959aff5

(75)

on July 18, 2012
at 03:55 PM

this is awesome!! thank you!!!

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on July 18, 2012
at 08:00 PM

I can't speak to other brands, but 3 drops per day (6000 i.u.) of Biotics Bio-D-Mulsion Forte brought my numbers up from 17 to 35 pretty quickly.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on July 18, 2012
at 09:41 PM

What's with the bs downvotes?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 18, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Thanks j3wcy!!!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on July 19, 2012
at 03:47 AM

Why on earth would this be down voted? You always have useful information. Grr.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on July 18, 2012
at 09:41 PM

I got you Happy.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 18, 2012
at 09:40 PM

Show yourself downvoter. Do you not like this brand, or what? I found it to be a useful product.

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Cbe0baff464199131bec8f68ef5654ca

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on July 18, 2012
at 08:11 PM

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(1029)

on July 19, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I take that brand also.

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E40b2fc9ddcf702bab9d61d28b8c8440

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on July 18, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I just bought Carlson's D3 drops (4,000 IU) from Amazon, I think they were $19 and free shipping. These are the ones that Robb Wolf and others recommend and are apparently better absorbed than capsules (not sure if that's been studied or just opinion). I've been taking them about a week and already notice I have a little more energy and less brain fog, and the reviews on Amazon are really good (some folks even list before & after lab values). I took Green Pasture's FCLO/HVBO for a couple of months and didn't notice a difference but still think it's a great product and would order it again, but couldn't afford it right now and wanted to see if the D3 alone would help.

D7042201e988e9c5e62ecd462959aff5

(75)

on July 18, 2012
at 06:26 PM

i think i'm going to try these! thank you!

D7042201e988e9c5e62ecd462959aff5

(75)

on July 19, 2012
at 01:30 PM

i just ordered these from amazon.. so excited! thanks for the recommendation!

4303a65967884e68bfae59817c227351

(1881)

on July 18, 2012
at 08:14 PM

I second this product. One drop, days done.

E40b2fc9ddcf702bab9d61d28b8c8440

(505)

on July 21, 2012
at 03:05 AM

You're welcome! I hope they work great for you.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on July 18, 2012
at 04:55 PM

D3 is best when combined with K vitamins and Vitamin A according to Weston A. Price and others. This article by Chris Masterjohn is good:
http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/update-on-vitamins-a-and-d

D3 Complete by Allergy Research Group has all 3 of these key ingredients. I do however use some additional D3 along with the product, for most of the year in Seattle as I need a high blood level.

http://www.allergyresearchgroup.com/Vitamin-D3-Complete-Daily-Balance-with-A-and-K2-60-Fish-Gelatin-Caps-p-314.html

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:43 PM

My preferred is the sun. I really only take a D3 supplement if I am not getting out much, or during the winter months.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 18, 2012
at 11:53 PM

Please send some of your sun to Seattle. We got a little sun last week, but Junuary has seemingly rolled into Julvember.

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on July 18, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Fermented cod liver oil has vitamin D and it's natural.

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on July 18, 2012
at 02:51 PM

EVERY doctor will recommend taking Vitamin D because EVERYBODY is low.

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