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So a recent blood test showed i have Vitamin d levels < 5ng/ml (Essential unreadable) I have been Prescribed Vitamin D 20,000iu supplements to take once a week. I was wondering if this amount and once weekely disage is enough to treat what woudl see to be a severe deficiency ? Should i also be taking a magnesium supplement? I have 500mg Magnesium Bisglycinate supplements, should i take one of these daily? Any advice is greatly appreciated! :)

Asked by  p on December 11, 2016

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    Here at the VDC we promote having “healthy” blood levels of 50ng/ml. This is because any level below 40ng/ml and your incidence for cancer and autoimmune disease increases dramatically. You are also in the Osteomalacia range. Do you have any health issues or diseases or intestinal issues at the moment?
    Most doctors prescribe at least 50 – 60,000 iu once a week to treat a deficiency. So the answer is that 20,000iu once a week is definitely not going to get your levels to 50ng/ml and may or may not get you to the bottom of the range which is usually 20-30ng/ml.
    Taking Vitamin D one a week is acceptable but it is better for you to take Vitamin D daily. (This was proved in a study.)
    So you would be better off taking 8000 -10,000iu a day for 8 weeks then retesting to see if you have made it to 50ng/ml or higher. This is based on an average weight of 150lbs, so if you weigh much more than that, let me know.
    You should read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is important. Yes, you should take the magnesium.
    If you develop any new symptoms (or perhaps old ones get worse), then you should come back and tell me right away. It usually means a mineral deficiency.
    Once treated you need to take a maintenance dosage of at least 5000iu a day, forever, or your levels will plummet again.

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    Hi, Firstly id like to say I appreciate the detailed and well thought response, it is very much appreciated 🙂

    I have no serious health conditions at the moment however i am currently being treated for anxiety and fatigue. The doctor prescribed me sertraline for this and it is working, i have been on them for a number of years in the past. Other than that i also have psoriasis on my elbows which i have hydro cortisone cream for.
    Would i be correct in assuming that vitamin D deficiency may be a contributing factor to psoriasis and fatigue? My bloostest showed everything else was fine such as my thyroid hormone levels and calcium was in range.

    so the doctor advised me to take 20k iu a week and then maintenace 800iu daily after 12 weeks. I think the highest i can grab on amazon is 10,000iu d3. I have taken magnesium the last few days an had no adverse effects. shoudl i also be takin calcium with magneisu and vitamin d? i have some vitamkin k, calcium and 1000ui d3 supplements combined. Woudl you advise i get 10,000iu tablets instead and take them daily?

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    “Would i be correct in assuming that vitamin D deficiency may be a contributing factor to psoriasis and fatigue?” Yes and also the anxiety although the anxiety could also be from magnesium deficiency. Keep in mind any mineral test may not show an actual deficiency because it only measures the 1% found in your bloodstream and not the rest of your body stores.
    So yes I would try taking 10,000iu daily for 8 weeks and retest. You can also take multiple amounts like two 5000iu pills or five 2000iu pills. What ever is more cost effective.
    If you have enough calcium in your diet, then you will probably be Ok and too much is not good either. (I cannot comment on the pills you have because I do not know how much of each ingredient is in there but you could let me know.) Vitamin K directs calcium to your bones, so if there is not enough in your diet then calcium could end up in soft tissues and arteries.
    I try and warn people that I do not know what happens if you “fix” your Vitamin D deficiency to a high enough level and you are taking a medicine. Meaning if Vitamin D will fix your depression could you maybe then come down with what they call serotonin syndrome which is too much serotonin. So make sure you understand those symptoms so you will not be blind sided. I have no proof this will happen, just warning you.
    I never know how many times someone will come back and post and always look forward to “success” stories. What I want to say is that you may be able to “cure” your anxiety, depression and psoriasis with Vitamin D but it may take a higher amount then the standard maintenance dose of 5000iu. So if you need any further help, let me know.

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