Al Sears, MD, CNS, is a board-certified clinical nutritionist practicing in Palm Beach, Florida. I am a subscriber to his “Confidential Cures”, a monthly health news publication. In the August issue of “Confidential Cures”, he has a very interesting article regarding Vitamin D3. Following are some excerpts from his article:
Rev. Malkmus CommentsEvery cell in our body needs vitamin D3 to survive. And when our body doesn’t receive enough, our body doesn’t function as designed. Vitamin D3 regulates things like immune function, nerve and skeletal development, blood sugar, inflammation, thyroid function, cell growth and tumor development. You also need vitamin D3 to keep your brain sharp. A few of Dr. Sears' recommendations are:
- Don’t hesitate to get your blood tested to check your D3 serum levels. Research shows that a therapeutic serum level is between 40 and 60 ng/ml. To obtain that level, I recommend a daily intake of 8,000 IUs of vitamin D3 per day.
- Get some sun. Forget what the fear merchants say about the dangers of sun exposure. As long as you avoid sunburn, getting out in the midday sun unprotected for 10-15 minutes a day is good for you. It will give you between 3,000 and 5,000 of vitamin D3 – and its free.
- Take a supplement. It’s unlikely that you’ll get enough vitamin D3 from your food alone. That’s why I tell my patients to take a soft gel or liquid supplement of vitamin D3
- Always take a magnesium supplement while supplementing with vitamin D3. Magnesium is a mineral involved in over 300 different processes in the body, including the ability to make and use ATP, the body’s main form of energy. Because your magnesium levels can fall when boosting your vitamin D3 intake, make sure to supplement your diet with between 600 and 1,000 mg of magnesium per day.
- You want your vitamin D3 supplement to include vitamin K2, which helps activate and improve absorption of vitamin D3. Vitamin K2 ‘activates’ vitamin D3, so it’s critical you include this nutrient in your regimen. Vitamin K2 is also essential to preventing cancer, promoting brain health, building strong bones and preventing plaque buildup in your arteries. Vitamin K2 directs calcium out of the blood and into the bones.