Taking vitamin D supplements with food may be a cost-effective strategy to achieve optimum levels.
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What do you do if you’re one of the 42% of Americans with vitamin D deficiency, are put on a vitamin D supplement regimen and your levels still don’t budge?
That kept happening to this group of docs at the Cleveland Clinic “In our practice,” they wrote, “it is common to see patients treated with vitamin D supplements who do not achieve an appreciable rise in their vitamin D level after therapy despite large prescribed doses.”
So they did a few experiments it concluded that “taking vitamin D with the largest meal improves absorption and results in higher blood levels of vitamin D.” Just that one simple change in timing “results in about a 50% increase in blood levels of vitamin D achieved. They conclude: “It therefore seems reasonable to ask patients to take vitamin D supplements with their largest meal because it may be a cost-effective strategy that could very well help patients to achieve optimal serum levels of vitamin D.”
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This is the final video in a nine day series on vitamin D. Be sure to check out yesterday’s video-of-the-day Resolving the vitamin D-bate and today's blog:Vitamin D: Shedding some light on the new recommendations. Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them.
For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Vitamin D: Shedding some light on the new recommendations, How to Enhance Mineral Absorption, Vitamin D from Mushrooms, Sun, or Supplements? , and How Should I Take Probiotics?