Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Just had some bloodwork done. Doctor had vitamin levels tested. I was surprised to find I'm deficient in Vitamin D, as I've been taking 1000mg daily for months as part of a Calcium/Magnesium/Vitamin D3 supplement to help heal up my shoulder issues. It has definitely seemed to help the muscle issues, not so much the deficiency.
As usual with health-related subjects, all sorts of pros and cons and conflicting info is out there.
For instance, the dietician I saw said 1000mg was "way too much".
Doctor just told me to start taking 1000mg a day.
Father (who is drastically deficient) says 1000mg is "way too much".
Online research and forum reading indicates that to boost levels, something like 5000 + is optimum, with retesting every six months or so.
This whole Vit D thing is just weird. I drink at least two servings of Vit D fortified milk a day, eat healthily, and live in Australia and get sun for half an hour at least most days. Now, from what I read today, in order to make Vit D, you need daily near-nekkid exposure almost to the point of burn for the benefit. Ummm...no.
So have any of you had any experiences you can share? Did you find that higher doses of Vit D boost your energy levels? Any weird side effects? Any good old wives' tales?