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Vitamin D - my little ray of sunshine

October 30, 2011 | Niki | Comments (0)

161618-sunlightFour times a week I trudge off to the Y.  While there I fill up my water bottle  and carefully add 4 drops of a Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).  Osteoporosis doesn’t just run in my family – it gallops.  When all the media was covering Vitamin D I was listening but I’m still not sure about what I should be taking.   Health Canada says 600 IU daily.   Osteoporosis Canada says between 800 and 2000 IU.  The Canadian Cancer Society recommends 1000 IU.    Dr. Reinhold Vieth, a professor at U of T, recommends 4000 IU daily with an upper limit of 10,000.  Dr. David Lescheid, spokesperson for the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, agrees with him.

526px-Cholecalciferol-3dI decided to look at the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties with eTherapeutics and Natural  Standard – Integrative Medicine, Complimentary and Alternative Therapies to help answer my question.

CPS:  This provides current Canadian information about drug interactions and details about therapies for medical disorders. I searched CPS for monographs on Vitamin D and found one compiled by experts in October 2007.  This was just at the beginning of the Vitamin D debate. They state “expert groups are now recommending a total daily intake (for adults) of 400 to 800 IU vitamin D”.   CPS links directly to Health Canada Advisories for updated news on Vitamin D usage. The information was a little dated and conservative.

800px-Salade_de_jambon_cru_et_saumon_fumeNatural Standard:   This database provides high quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies.  In Databases go to "Food, Herbs & Supplements/ V /Vitamin D". There is a wealth of information in the Professional Monograph (c2011) including a great chart with the therapy and its use ranked  based on evidence. With natural products it is often not clear what the optimal doses are to balance efficacy and safety.   Suggested dosages range from 600 IU daily to 2000 or more with an upper limit of 10,000 IU a day.  Natural Standards also has a small group of databases called "Checkers" that you can use to quickly see interactions, depletions, etc. 

Was the question answered?  Not fully.  In the meantime eat your salmon and wait for more research


Green R database

October 17, 2011 | julia | Comments (0)


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