Vitamin D for the Winter Months
Q: I was wondering what Vitamin D supplement would be good to get for myself and my husband’s levels high during the winter months. I would like to take a “liquid” Vitamin D supplement for myself, and give my husband Vitamin D in “pill form,” since he is used to that.
Would D-Mulsion 1000 by Genestra that you recommended for our daughter be good for me, or is there a better one–one particularly that is cost effective and lasts a long time, yet is efficient? I know that some liquid Vitamin D supplements last longer than pill form. What about a brand of Vitamin D in pill form for my husband?
I just read that 8,000 IU of Vitamin D is a good therapeutic level. What do you think about that?
A: We have several excellent vitamin D3 choices. It is good to take it with vitamin K (which you may or may not be getting from your other supplements, you’ll have to check). Vitamin K is critical for the formation of healthy strong bone matrix. Bone quality is dependent on the presence of adequate Vitamin K. Vitamin K’s role in arterial health revolves around its ability to support proper calcium metabolism in vascular structures. Vitamin K2 is the most biologically active form of Vitamin K, it is formed in the intestines by microflora when there is a good level of beneficial microflora in the gut (which probiotics provide).
This one may be a good general pill form for your husband: Vitamin D3 and K2 (1000 IU) Capsules by Now – however, if he gets his vitamin D tested, he may find he needs more than this provides. If that is the case we do have it in higher amounts if needed.
Since you would like a liquid, then Vitamin D3-K2 Emulsion Liquid (2000 IU) by Biogenesis has both the D3 & K2, though it isn’t as cost effective as the D-Mulsion 1000, which has 1200, 1000 IU servings per container, verses 120, 2000 IU servings per container.
The amount to take daily depends on your blood vitamin D levels, since yours was 37 ng/mL, then you may benefit to improve it to take 4,000 – 8,000 IU / day through the winter to get your levels back above 50 ng/mL, then if your next test is good, drop it back to about 2000 IU / day to see if it stays up with that dose, if you’ve been doing this amount since your last test and it went from 70 to 37, then you may just need more vitamin D, and perhaps 3000 – 5000 IU may be a better dose for you to keep your levels optimum.