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Vitamin D3

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PinkCosmos Thu 29-Apr-21 11:05:33

Just wanted some of your feedback on taking Vitamin D3. There is an old thread from 2019 but thought I would start a new one.

I started taking Vitamin D3 (25ug) about six months ago as I heard they were good for your immune system. I was hoping it might give me some protection from Covid.

I have been taking the Vitabiotics brand which I bought at the supermarket.

I have to say that recently I have noticed that my mood has improved and I don't have so many aches and pains.

Just to give a bigger picture, I am 63 and am currently working full time but from home. I am ashamed to say that I do barely any exercise and need to lose weight. I am not on any medication.

I am not one for taking supplements as a rule and I sometimes forget to take them.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone else has had a good result from taking Vitamin D3 or is this all in my mind?

Itsawelshthing Thu 29-Apr-21 11:15:55

I've starting taking Vit D after blood tests showed I'm very deficient (normal range is 50 plus, mine is 20). I haven't felt any different yet but I only started on Monday! Glad you are feeling better now.

PinkCosmos Thu 29-Apr-21 11:18:24

Itsawelshthing

I've starting taking Vit D after blood tests showed I'm very deficient (normal range is 50 plus, mine is 20). I haven't felt any different yet but I only started on Monday! Glad you are feeling better now.

I understand that your body can't store Vit D. However, I would think taking it over time would show some benefit.

Blossoming Thu 29-Apr-21 11:55:16

I take one 1,000 iU of vitamin D3 per day on the advice of my endocrinologist. I had hyperparathyroidism and hypercalcaemia and had surgery to remove 2 adenomas in 2019. I feel a lot better after my surgery and I’m sure the D3 must help with my wellbeing.

growstuff Thu 29-Apr-21 11:58:02

PinkCosmos

Itsawelshthing

I've starting taking Vit D after blood tests showed I'm very deficient (normal range is 50 plus, mine is 20). I haven't felt any different yet but I only started on Monday! Glad you are feeling better now.

I understand that your body can't store Vit D. However, I would think taking it over time would show some benefit.

Yes. the human body can store Vitamins A, D, E and K.

ElderlyPerson Thu 29-Apr-21 12:06:30

It might be worth seeking advice from your doctor. A doctor can prescribe vitamins in certain situations. Even if the doctor cannot prescribe vitamin D for you in your particular circumstances, you might like to consider asking your doctor about it, maybe in a telephone appointment in these troubled times, if you have access to a telephone, then if the doctor agrees, then at least you would know that you were taking them with the knowledge and agreement of your doctor and it would most likely be on your medical record too.

For example, the doctor might advise on how much to take and might even suggest other vitamins and minerals.

I hope this helps.

ElderlyPerson Thu 29-Apr-21 12:16:48

I have found these links.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/vitamin-d-for-vulnerable-groups/vitamin-d-and-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-cev-guidance

www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

There is a section in the second link with the heading.

What happens if I take too much vitamin D?

Charleygirl5 Thu 29-Apr-21 12:17:36

I have been prescribed Ad Cal D3 (its Sunday title) since 2009 when I fell downstairs and had a # dislocation of my ankle which needed surgery. I had osteopenia and having taken the drug for so long my levels are obviously back to normal. I have to take it for life.

janeainsworth Thu 29-Apr-21 12:19:23

There is controversy over Vitamin D. It’s accepted that everyone should take it in the winter because we don’t get enough sun on our bodies during the winter months to make it as we do in the summer.

However, the NHS advice is that we should supplement with 10mcg a day. But many doctors think this doesn’t provide optimum levels for health, as opposed to minimum levels to avoid deficiency.
I follow Dr John Campbell & he recommends 25mcg a day. On his videos he explains how those with optimum Vit D levels were a) less likely to contract Covid and b) if they did contract it and were hospitalised, had better outcomes.
He thinks the NHS should have promoted its use right at the beginning of the pandemic - they did, belatedly, provide it for people who were shielding I think.
Google Dr John Campbell vitamin D if you’re interested.
It’s also been suggested that low Vit D levels are associated with depression.

Incidentally I take supermarket own brand - probably cheaper than vitabiotics.

Shinamae Thu 29-Apr-21 12:21:04

I have been taking this for about a year

B9exchange Thu 29-Apr-21 12:21:49

It seems to be recommended as we don't spend long enough outdoors in the sunshine to make our own.

Have been taking it since before CV19, but it was recommended for everyone last year as a boost to the immune system.

aggie Thu 29-Apr-21 12:51:09

I noticed my nails don’t split since starting D3 , but not noticed any difference in my mood

Millie22 Thu 29-Apr-21 13:38:16

I would definitely keep on with vitamin d as it can really help your immune system deal with infection and viruses. I use a spray rather than the tablets.

Nancy0 Fri 30-Apr-21 00:01:10

Hi folks. I'm hoping for some advice...Got a horrible UTI at the beginning of February and had 3 courses of antibiotics,which finally shifted it. Got nasty effects from these ...thrush!!!Canestan X2 doesn't seem to have worked and I'm wondering if I've taken a reaction to medication with azoles...had to come off Omeprazole previously cos I got sore tongue and very sensitive on the roof of my mouth. Has this happened anyone?

growstuff Fri 30-Apr-21 00:08:22

aggie

I noticed my nails don’t split since starting D3 , but not noticed any difference in my mood

It's not the Vitamin D which is helping your nails. However, if the body doesn't have enough Vit D, it can't absorb enough calcium, which can affect nails and bones. It's also why too much Vitamin D can cause you to absorb too much calcium, which can cause kidney stones and affect your heart and brain.

BlueBelle Fri 30-Apr-21 06:13:19

My friends doctor advised her to take Vit D as she was low but he didn’t prescribe them her daughter thought she was doing the right thing and bought her mum the highest Vit D she found Some months later my friend was recalled for a blood tests for something completely unrelated and a week later got an urgent phone call from the doctor telling her to come of the Vit D immediately as she was close to poisoning herself

Franbern Fri 30-Apr-21 08:18:39

Have been taken, on prescription, Adcal D3 tablets twice daily for a long time, also Alendronic Acid tab once a week. After a lifetime of splitting nails, despite every sort of special treatments, I now have nearly reasonable nails.

I was, originally just told to take the Adcal tabs once a day, but a stress fracture of the spine a couple of years ago, and I was told I must have Osteoporosis (although have never had any bone density test for that), so I was told to double my taking of those and also start the Aledronic tabs,.

I would NEVER take on a regular basis ANY medication, viteman or otherwise, without checking with my GP.

Do think that the message from Bluebelles post should be heard loudly and clearly. Even things that are a good for you can also kill you in excess.

PinkCosmos Fri 30-Apr-21 10:41:37

Nancy0

Hi folks. I'm hoping for some advice...Got a horrible UTI at the beginning of February and had 3 courses of antibiotics,which finally shifted it. Got nasty effects from these ...thrush!!!Canestan X2 doesn't seem to have worked and I'm wondering if I've taken a reaction to medication with azoles...had to come off Omeprazole previously cos I got sore tongue and very sensitive on the roof of my mouth. Has this happened anyone?

I think it would be better if you started a separate post for your question.

You would get a better response