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Mon Mar 9, 2020, 02:32 PM

Vitamin D3/Cholecalciferol

Vitamin D3 is a necessary component of our immune systems, yet our bodies cannot make it. We get it from sunlight, food, and supplements.

Clinical data shows that supplementing with a small daily dose of Vitamin D3 (~400 iu) appears to help the immune system fight off viral infections better, especially during winter months when people are stuck indoors with no sunlight.

I'm not recommending taking a Vitamin D3 supplement, just pointing out it may be of benefit at this time.

Here are a couple of clinical evidence articles:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3308600/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/30614127/

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Response to Claritie Pixie (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 02:37 PM

1. Just had my annual blood work up.

I asked my doc to check my iron levels because Iíve been weirdly tired the last few months. Iron is fine but seriously vitamin D deficient which can cause fatigue. Got some coming in the mail tomorrow.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 02:39 PM

2. Good for you checking it. Did you get gummies?

I did, they're pretty tasty.

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Response to Claritie Pixie (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 02:43 PM

3. I did! I'm looking forward to getting my

usual energy level back. Iíve got a great doc.

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Response to Claritie Pixie (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 02:44 PM

4. My primary care person wants me to take lots of D3.

I was taking 5000 IU for awhile but it was causing side effects.
I've ramped it down to 1000 IU twice a day and it is much better. When you get your blood drawn for physicals the D can be one of the things they can test for to see if you're below recommended levels.

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 02:47 PM

5. Yes the data shows a low dose is effective. Megadoses can do the opposite.

Fat soluble so excess amounts build up in the body, not flushed like Vitamin C.

Glad you got your levels adjusted!

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Response to Claritie Pixie (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 02:52 PM

6. I take 5000 IU D3 as a matter of my normal routine

Added curcumin which helps a lot with my generalized arthritic pain. I'm doubling up on the curcumin now that the virus is potentially too close for comfort. Seems a really good anti-inflammatory like curcumin could be helpful were I to get the pneumonia part of the infection.

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Response to Dem2 (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 02:55 PM

7. Curcumin (turmeric) could be helpful and won't hurt you.

Also - this is super easy too - deep breathing exercises help lung function.

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Response to Claritie Pixie (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 03:07 PM

8. Thanks for the helpful post.

My mother aka "Doctor Mom" told me to take D3 and I do.
Also an extra vitamin C, just because.

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 03:20 PM

9. "Doctor Mom" knows! Good you took her advice.

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Response to Claritie Pixie (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 03:22 PM

10. I always take Vit. D in the winter to ward off depression. It really helps.

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Response to Claritie Pixie (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 03:58 PM

11. I take vitamin D3 every day. Was taking 150,000 iu

Because I used to be have a deficiency. Now I take 5,000 iu
two times daily. My body has issues getting vitamin D3 from the sun.

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Response to Claritie Pixie (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 04:16 PM

12. Was low on D some years back. Doctor gave me 50,000 units three times a week.

Was low on D some years back. Doctor gave me 50,000 units three times a week.

Gave me more kidneystones. Too much.

Now take 2,000 units daily and seems to be a workable level.

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