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Hello, I just had a blood test a few weeks ago and my vitamin d came in at 10 ng, which I was told is really low. I live in VA and it's been cloudly and cold recently and I haven't been out much. I've been feeling tired and have been oversleeping, sometimes 10+ hours. Even after 8 hours of sleeping I'm feeling really tired. I really hate taking supplements/vitamins, how else can I get my vitamin up? Everything else in my blood work was normal except my cholesterol was a little high and my homocysteine was 17. I stopped drinking a month ago after drinking almost everyday, I'm wondering if thats why I'm tired or the vitamin d? Any suggestions? Thanks! Paul

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Asked by  pkashani00816863800 on January 15, 2016

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  • pkashani00816863800
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    See title

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  • IAW
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    Low Vitamin D can definitely cause fatigue. Yes, you are very low. I live in VA and at this latitude from November thru February you make little to no Vitamin D thru sunshine. Even during the summer you need to expose large amounts of skin (ie: back, entire legs not just arms and face) and time of day counts.
    If you hate supplements you could look into sunlamps or go to a tanning salon that has the right kind of “bulbs” to produce Vitamin D.
    From a previous blog article “it is important to know that vitamin D directly up-regulates the enzyme that gets rid of homocysteine”. Hence why your levels are high. I would not be surprised if your cholesterol figures improve with Vitamin D.
    So if you decide to supplement you should only take D3 not D2 and you should take it daily. There are already studies that tell us that daily is better. If you really hate the idea of “daily” you could take 50,000iu, D3 once a week. There are companies that make this amount in one capsule.
    The Vitamin D Council exists to also promote a blood level of a minimum of 50ng/ml for good health. (Studies already show that many diseased states start at levels below 40ng/ml.) If that does not impress you than Vitamin D also raises testosterone levels. I assume you are male with the name Paul.

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  • pkashani00816863800
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    Thanks for the response. I just read things stating that if you supplement with Vitamin D it can cause problems like low vitamin k, or it can lead to other problems. I’m not sure if thats accurate or not. Is it best to take it in the morning or at night and with food?

    Thanks

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  • IAW
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    Probably best for the morning with food. (A little fat adds to better absorption.)
    You may want to read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. Vitamin D does not cause low Vitamin K, it needs K to direct calcium to bones instead of soft tissues. It is a needed co-factor. Vitamin D needs a lot of magnesium to process so If you are low in magnesium you may start having symptoms from the low magnesium. Other than that it can cause hypercalcemia in some people who have certain preconditions. See http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/further-topics/vitamin-d-hypersensitivity/,

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  • pkashani00816863800
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    Sorry one more question.. Any preference on a brand? I currently have 1,000 d3 naturesmade soft gels. Any difference between tablets and softgels?

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  • IAW
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    We recommend BioTech Pharmacal . As Rebecca Oshiro of the VDC once wrote “the supplement industry has little oversight and it’s anyone’s guess if any given bottle of vitamin D actually contains what the label says”. “For this reason it is important to purchase vitamin D (and any supplement, really) from a company that performs an assay on every batch and makes these results public”. “I highly recommend Biotech brand vitamin D for this reason.”
    Excerpts from http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/blog/what-company-do-we-recommend-for-vitamin-d-supplements-08-2015/ are: BioTech Pharmacal is in an FDA approved lab, they manufacture high quality Vitamin D capsules at very inexpensive prices and their product is void of dyes, talc, binders, artificial colors and synthetic flavors. (I use this brand.)
    The form it comes in, does not matter. Worry more about who is manufacturing it.

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