In a previous post two years ago, I talked about how a friend suggested that my overall body soreness might be due to fibromyalgia, so I got to reading. I learned that a deficiency in vitamin D often caused the same symptom, and “may be misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia, dysthymia, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other diseases.” Believing that a deficiency may be the source of my problems, I began taking a supplement. However, after a few weeks with no result, I quit taking it.
Eventually I discovered my vitamin D level was only 16 ng/ml. Anything less than 20 ng/ml is considered deficient. Some health care professionals say your level should be at least 30 ng/ml while some say 50 ng/ml is better. So why hadn’t I noticed a difference when I had taken a supplement?
The answer was quite simple. With my level of deficiency, 1000 IU a day was not enough to make a difference. When I talked to my doctor about my test results, he said that he takes 3000 IU a day, despite a lack of deficiency, to combat working indoors. Additionally, it takes a long time to increase your vitamin D level. After seven months of taking 5000 IU, my level was up to 28 ng/ml, and after a year, my level finally reached 36 ng/ml. Despite that, I kept my dose at 5000 IU in the following months. However, if you personally are going to take more than 4000 IU per day, you should first have your blood level checked to make sure you need to be actively working to increase your level.
If you work indoors or live anywhere that gets cold in the winter so that you’re wrapped up and covering your skin, then you may need a vitamin D supplement. Also, most people with autoimmune diseases are vitamin D deficient.
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There are a variety of different types of vitamin D supplements available. I’ve previously given away a liquid spray, but decided to switch things up this year. Garden of Life recently developed MyKind Organic’s Vegan D3, a chewable tablet with an organic raspberry lemon flavor with no added sugars or stevia.
Vegan D3 chewable is made with vegan-certified vitamin d from liche as cholecalciferol — not lanolin. And it is specially designed to support immune system health and calcium absorption for healthy bones with 2,000 iu.