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Why is vitamin D not helping me?

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Created February 16, 2013 at 2:54 PM

I have low levels of vitamin D: 27 (30-100) but it doesn't seem to help me at all when I supplement it. (I take NOW brand 5000ius) In fact I feel like it messes with my vision. Weird right? Why could this be? Am I low in minerals cal and mag? I also have hashimoto's so you'd think it could only help.. any thoughts?

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on February 18, 2013
at 06:09 PM

I dont mind liver, but I just feel that its not helping at all.. I'm going to make kale/bone broth to get my vitamin A..

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on February 18, 2013
at 06:09 PM

Liver gives me scalp irritation.. Probably not from the vitamin A its more likley from the zinc/copper..

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on February 18, 2013
at 01:59 AM

I'm a recovering vegetarian, so eating liver was the "last" step in my Paleo conversion. It was a tough step. HOWEVER.... it has made AMAZING differences in my skin, hormones, and mental clarity. I eat about a fist size of Liver a week and will continue to do so! (Soak it in milk overnight and cook with onions and a little cinnamon to make it sweet.)

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on February 17, 2013
at 02:42 PM

alright perhaps I will step it up a notch.. or 5... lol I guess keeping vitamin A intake high at that time will help as well? Perhaps eating a sliver of liver a day or something?

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on February 17, 2013
at 06:29 AM

Well, I don't know if you can really compare cod liver oil to whole liver from mammals, in terms of sensitivity. The Green Pastures brand is fermented, which means it undergoes changes caused by friendly bacteria. That might make a difference. Maybe you can find a friend who takes it and beg for a couple of sample doses.

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on February 17, 2013
at 04:38 AM

No I'm not being sarcastic. I routinely take 50K 3x when I feel a cold coming on and average 10-20K/day through the Winter because I'm extremely sensitive to seasonal disorder. Your levels are extremely low and you need to go after that issue ASAP.

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on February 17, 2013
at 02:03 AM

Are you being sarcastic? Lol

3db91ab30a114f3283334eea4309d74d

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on February 17, 2013
at 01:57 AM

I take it with a fatty meal and a tbsp of coco oil added

3db91ab30a114f3283334eea4309d74d

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on February 17, 2013
at 01:56 AM

Why so much????

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on February 17, 2013
at 12:31 AM

Bump it up to 50K for 3 days straight, then down to 20K for the next 2 months and let me know if you still feel it is doing nothing...

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:50 PM

About how much fat do you think is enough? I take my D3 with breakfast, which usually includes 3 or 4 egg yolks.

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on February 16, 2013
at 09:26 PM

Every time I try to eat liver it gives me scalp irritation. That's why I have kind of avoided it. I know I must be deficient in vitamin A because I'm more of a Peatarian now than paleo guy.. The increase in carbs gave my skin a huge boost but now a few weeks my skin is really dry.. It screams vitamin a deficiency. Especially with my dry cracking lips.. But as I said when I eat liver I get scalp irritation..maybe ill eat 1/4 of a liver instead of a half. Maybe also take an extra 5000 IUs of D with it?? What do you think?

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on February 16, 2013
at 03:40 PM

iron levels were fine the last time I checked vitamin D status.

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on February 16, 2013
at 04:14 PM

Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin A, K2, and magnesium. They are all co-factors for D3.

If your only source of Vitamin A is veggies and you aren't a good converter to retinol, then you will probably want to eat some liver. An A deficiency could be affecting your vision.

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:43 PM

Have you been taking your D3 with a decent amount of fat? It is a fat soluble nutrient after all.

http://suppversity.blogspot.com/2011/12/fat-d-ficiency-do-you-really-need-more.html

"a recent study, which was obviously not published in the Journal of the American Medical Association...shows exactly that: without the concomitant presence of significant amounts of dietary fat, even 50.000IU of supplemental vitamin D3 have no effect on the serum levels of 25(OH)D, the active form of vitamin D"

43873f3cea4f22f91653b0f5ec7ab9d9

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:50 PM

About how much fat do you think is enough? I take my D3 with breakfast, which usually includes 3 or 4 egg yolks.

3db91ab30a114f3283334eea4309d74d

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on February 17, 2013
at 01:57 AM

I take it with a fatty meal and a tbsp of coco oil added

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:23 PM

i started taking sublingual vit D and that brought my levels up way better than just the capsules and drops i was using.

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on February 16, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Vitamin D and Vitamin A work synergistically. You need both, in roughly the right proportions. This page discusses that issue and gives you links to articles with recent research. http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/2008-dec-clo-update1

3db91ab30a114f3283334eea4309d74d

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on February 16, 2013
at 09:26 PM

Every time I try to eat liver it gives me scalp irritation. That's why I have kind of avoided it. I know I must be deficient in vitamin A because I'm more of a Peatarian now than paleo guy.. The increase in carbs gave my skin a huge boost but now a few weeks my skin is really dry.. It screams vitamin a deficiency. Especially with my dry cracking lips.. But as I said when I eat liver I get scalp irritation..maybe ill eat 1/4 of a liver instead of a half. Maybe also take an extra 5000 IUs of D with it?? What do you think?

4debe57f81d507bcb844f10b2ef38a83

(398)

on February 17, 2013
at 06:29 AM

Well, I don't know if you can really compare cod liver oil to whole liver from mammals, in terms of sensitivity. The Green Pastures brand is fermented, which means it undergoes changes caused by friendly bacteria. That might make a difference. Maybe you can find a friend who takes it and beg for a couple of sample doses.

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on February 16, 2013
at 03:07 PM

Such a coincidence...I just stumbled on this today. Apparently iron deficiency can inhibit the absorption of Vitamin D. Maybe get your iron levels checked? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1503065 http://www.nutritionatc.hawaii.edu/HO/2012/494.htm

3db91ab30a114f3283334eea4309d74d

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on February 16, 2013
at 03:40 PM

iron levels were fine the last time I checked vitamin D status.

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