Doctor's Note

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. Be sure to check out all the videos on vitamin D.

For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Vitamin D: Shedding Some Light on the New RecommendationsPlant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Vitamin D from Mushrooms, Sun, or Supplements? 

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    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. Be sure to check out all the videos on vitamin D.

  • http://www.wellhappypeaceful.com David Schmidt

    So 600 iu’s is the correct amount now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kamal.s.prasad Kamal Prasad

    I noticed that you will cover more Vitamin D in future videos. I hope one of them will talk about the difference between D2 and D3 and the recommended daily dosages for each type if taken as supplements.

    Thanks.

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      Such a good question. Taken daily in doses under 2000IU, vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol) appear bioequivalent (meaning they both work just as well in your body). However if your physician suggests you take large intermittent doses (such as 50,000IU weekly, then D3 is probably superior).

  • http://www.wellhappypeaceful.com David Schmidt

    I could have sworn I watched a previous video by you that recommended 2000 iu’s per day. Am I mistaken?

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      Yes, please see my answer above. Thanks for paying such close attention!

      • http://www.wellhappypeaceful.com David Schmidt

        I appreciate you so much!

  • The BglLvr

    Can one consume too much vitamin D (i.e.,taking a vit D supplement and a calcium supplement with additional vit D)?

    • Michael Greger M.D.

      Yes, absolutely. The Institute of Medicine pegs the upper daily limit at 4,000 IU a day and the Endocrine Society says up to 10,000 IU is safe but given that Vitamin D and Mortality May be a U-Shaped Curve I would suggest sticking with 2000 IU unless testing suggests that is insufficient.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please check out my associated blog post Vitamin D: Shedding Some Light on the New Recommendations!

  • mark

    would 200ul of vitamin d be safe in a carbonated beverage

    • mark

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    • mark

      thanks Michael prime + is all most finished 4 flavors
      pomegranate
      coconut
      blackberry
      lemon, lime
      all have vitamin and calcium carbonate
      I will send you a sample mark

    • mark

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      prime + 4 flavors
      pomegranate
      coconut
      lemon, lime
      and blackberry
      all contain vitamin d & calcium carbonate
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    • Susan

      Carbonated beverages are strongly linked to osteoporosis –fragility of bones. Two hundred I.U. of vitamin D is way too low. Most physicians recommend 2,000 I.U. in two doses after a full meal, like breakfast and dinner. Fat in your diet help with the absorption of vitamin D, something I did not know decades ago. Fat can be a handful of seeds or nuts.

    • Susan

      Carbonated beverages are not safe as studies now testify.
      I consume 1,000 IU in two servings twice a day with purified water and eat seeds or nuts for added fat to help the vitamin D adsorb into my blood stream.

  • julia

    Hi, I have breast cancer and bone metaseses . I was taking 2,000 a day but my vit d was high-94 ng. my dr said to lower it. I hear there are differing opinions on what is too high. What do you think? Right now I am doing it every other night but will probably buy 1,000 mg next time.

  • Susan

    Before I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, I began supplementing with Multi-Minerals and vitamins, including vitamin D. At that time, the levels were only 400 I.U. per day. This was prior to 2006, and I swam 1.5 miles a day outside, as well as walked my dog 2 miles a day. I was getting vitamin D from the sun.

    After she passed away with bone cancer, I stopped walking. It was mentally painful to walk alone without her. A combination of not walking, and not getting much vitamin D, is perhaps part of the reason I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2006 after fracturing my hip. Now my PT was at an indoor walking pool, rather than in the sun.

    When I started fracturing my spine in 2012, I was unable to heal and had my vitamin D level checked. The physician told me it was so low that I should take 2,000 per day in two doses immediately. Amazingly, my bones began to heal. As we are on computers for longer hours and working inside, we do not obtain the minimal amount of sunshine on bare skin that we once did years earlier. This no doubt affected the vitamin D levels of numerous people worldwide. But, the medical community was slow to increase their recommendations.

    Now I eat my nuts just before taking my vitamin calcium and vitamin D supplements with meals, and my bones heal much faster than before. Of course, my diet is better too, thanks to the feedback from Dr. Greger, and other physicians here, and the knowledgeable people in this “chat room.” I thank you all!

  • Svetlana

    I bought vitamin D3 and per 1 tablet 85 µg. Can somebody answer how much IU in 85µg?

    • Susan

      1 µg = 40 IU. Do the math.

  • David

    Doctor reviews new research, says Vitamin D supplements generally not of benefit:

    http://www.plantbasedpharmacist.com/2013/12/vitamin-d-to-supplement-or-not-to.html

    Your thoughts? I know he is a big fan of yours.