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D3 and women

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:40 pm
by ColleenE
Hey y'all,
So I went to the doc this week due to hip pain (need an MRI--either a bad sprain or xfracture, I think a sprain) and she was horrified that I wasn't taking at least 5000 ius of vitamin D. I've been told in the past because I am a female athlete who runs at a bare minimum 2500 miles a year that I should be megadosing on calcium. But 5000ius of D, too? I got that D3 spray and it has 1000ius, also I take a multi with another 800.
What do you think? 5000 seemed excessive to me.

Re: D3 and women

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:51 pm
by vegimator
If you feel that you need it, there's always these guys - http://www.foodfightgrocery.com/vitashi ... u-capsule/

I've been keeping up great D levels with 2400 IUs of D2 but I'm not a runner (if that has any bearing).

Re: D3 and women

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:03 pm
by Hiking Fox
Don't you have any sunshine where you live?

Re: D3 and women

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:10 pm
by beforewisdom
I agree the large amounts are hard to accept, especially given how they used to warn people about overdosing on just hundreds of IU back in the day. "They" have learned a lot since then.

D2 isn't well absorbed so you will need a lot. Even if you are starting with vegan D3, it takes a while to get your blood levels up if you are deficient.

Be warned, there are two new, popular Vitamin D tests, both of which have been shown to be inaccurate. If you start taking the higher doses see your doctor every so often to get your blood levels checked.

Re: D3 and women

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:23 pm
by ColleenE
[quote="Hiking Fox"]Don't you have any sunshine where you live?


Exactly! I live in NY, we have sufficient sunshine and I'm out in it at least 5 days a week for at least 2-5 hours.

Taking THAT much of any vitamin is suspect to me. I've looked at various studies and one from the University of Zurich suggested that a high dose (i.e. 800ius) of D every day was favorable in preventing fractures.

When you take a general multi, is that vitamin D2 or D3? I'm confused: she just said "vitamin d" so which one do we need in that large quantity (allegedly)?