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Vitamin D - headaches

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Created June 08, 2012 at 1:45 AM

I'm experimenting with various supplements to battle cystic acne, and Vitamin D comes up a LOT so I've tried that on and off for months. I find that any more than 2000iu per day for more than a few days causes strange random headaches. The best way I can describe it is that when I'm try to think/concentrate, I get sharp pains in my head kind of behind my eyes. I normally NEVER get headaches.

As soon as I scale back the D, they go away. It's happened with multiple brands, and also if I take too much fermented cod liver oil.

Is that just a symptom of taking too much for my body, or is there something else going on? I've taken it alongside of up to 20,000iu of Vitamin A per day down to 0 vitamin A if that helps at all (I mention this since A/D are often mentioned together).

EDIT: I had my levels tested and they were 23 ng/ml.

EDIT 2: Another update, I just got more blood work back and my levels went from 23 ng/ml 6 months ago only up to 43 ng/ml today supplementing roughly 2000iu a day.

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on February 07, 2013
at 12:22 PM

What kind of magnesium are you taking? Some types, like mg oxide, are particularly poorly absorbed.

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on August 15, 2012
at 11:07 PM

Same! I have been using a liquid cal/mag and if I take too much the next day my poo factory is NOT happy.

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on August 15, 2012
at 04:25 AM

Magnesium can be very beneficial, especially for headaches and sleep, however I find it scrambles my poo factory (!) so have to be careful with how much I take and how often.

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on June 10, 2012
at 03:22 AM

I take 106% RDA of Mg Malate, 4 times a week (not every day). Not all of this is absorbed anyway.

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:31 PM

How much magnesium per day is recommended/safe?

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:29 PM

Thanks, I took a look and shot them a question. We'll see if they have an answer.

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:29 PM

Are they ok to take alongside each other? Or should they be spaced out?

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on June 08, 2012
at 10:34 PM

Its a much more complex interaction than A "cancelling" out D. This is very good. http://www.westonaprice.org/blogs/cmasterjohn/2012/01/22/new-evidence-of-synergy-between-vitamins-a-and-d-protection-against-autoimmune-diseases/#comment-607

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on June 08, 2012
at 10:31 PM

Cancel each other out?? Not what I heard from my nutritionist and read. In Fact that opposite. D3 is best taken with A and K vitamins. I will try to find the link.

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on June 08, 2012
at 07:17 AM

Vitamin D "consumes" Magnesium inside the body. It's likely you're Mg deficient.

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on June 08, 2012
at 03:00 AM

Also I take 500mg of magnesium a day at night, usually before bed. I don't do dairy because it breaks my skin out pretty bad.

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on June 08, 2012
at 02:58 AM

I was tested in Oct and my levels were low, so my doctor suggested 2000iu a day. My level was around 23 ng/ml. I have celiac disease, diagnosed about 8 months ago and been gluten free since.

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on June 08, 2012
at 07:10 AM

First of all, you should not be taking A with D3. They are antagonists, they cancel each other out. If you're eating proper Paleo (including offal), then you don't need A. You would only need D3 (given that you live a standard westernized life and the sun doesn't see you much), Magnesium, and occasionally some K2. Don't take more than 5000 IU D3 per day, and definitely get tested for it every 6 months or so (you don't want to overdose on it either). If you don't do dairy at all, consider a bit of calcium too. Krill/Fish oil is good too. Q10 and PQQ are the ones I'd also take (especially if I don't do offal).

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on June 08, 2012
at 10:31 PM

Cancel each other out?? Not what I heard from my nutritionist and read. In Fact that opposite. D3 is best taken with A and K vitamins. I will try to find the link.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on June 09, 2012
at 02:31 PM

How much magnesium per day is recommended/safe?

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on June 10, 2012
at 03:22 AM

I take 106% RDA of Mg Malate, 4 times a week (not every day). Not all of this is absorbed anyway.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on June 08, 2012
at 10:34 PM

Its a much more complex interaction than A "cancelling" out D. This is very good. http://www.westonaprice.org/blogs/cmasterjohn/2012/01/22/new-evidence-of-synergy-between-vitamins-a-and-d-protection-against-autoimmune-diseases/#comment-607

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on June 08, 2012
at 02:50 AM

First of all, if you haven't gotten tested, please do so. Supplementing without knowing your 25 (OH)D level is not a great idea. You could be getting enough from sun exposure.

You want to aim for a blood level of 50-60 ng/ml or 60-80 ng/ml if you have an autoimmune/inflammatory condition.

Are you also supplementing Magnesium? You may be deficient and that's why you are getting the headaches. Most folk need 400-600 mg/day & without a fair amount of nuts or seafood, it can be challenging to get enough from food. I take 400 mg Magnesium Citrate every eve before bed. It's a great sleep aid & helps avoid constipation too. Magnesium glycinate is good if you aren't needing the laxative effect.

A & K are also essential co-factors for D3. If you don't eat dairy (pastured butter and hard cheeses are a good source of K2), then natto or a supplement are recommended. If you eat liver weekly, you are golden for A.

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on June 08, 2012
at 03:00 AM

Also I take 500mg of magnesium a day at night, usually before bed. I don't do dairy because it breaks my skin out pretty bad.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

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on June 08, 2012
at 02:58 AM

I was tested in Oct and my levels were low, so my doctor suggested 2000iu a day. My level was around 23 ng/ml. I have celiac disease, diagnosed about 8 months ago and been gluten free since.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on February 07, 2013
at 12:22 PM

What kind of magnesium are you taking? Some types, like mg oxide, are particularly poorly absorbed.

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on June 08, 2012
at 05:16 AM

Have you looked on the Vitamin D Council website? Lots of great info. there. Pretty sure you can ask questions there, or contact John Cannell, MD - the president of the Vitamin D Council. http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/
Good luck

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:29 PM

Thanks, I took a look and shot them a question. We'll see if they have an answer.

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