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Hi everyone,<br>
Yesterday I went out to buy some vitamin D2 drops. The sun is super rare this time of year so I thought it might be time to supplement.<br><br>
The box says: Vitamin D2 20'000 U.I<br><br>
It also goes to say not to take it without consulting your doctor etc. And then if you are 'at risk' but healthy to take one drop once a day. Any ideas if this is the correct dose? Too much?<br><br>
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20000 IUs sounds like much too much. Is that in each drop or in total in the bottle? I can understand if it's in total in the bottle or something like that. I guess if it does say to consult your doc, then that's what you should do ...
 

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It per ml. And apparently 1ml is 30drops <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> So I would be getting about 700 U.I with a drop. Does this sound okay? Maybe 3times a week?<br><br>
They put to see a doctor everywhere here. Even for just vitamin c!
 

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Ah, 700IUs sounds a lot more reasonable. I'd say one drop per day would be a decent dosage then.
 

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Perfect thanx!
 

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Hey SwisMiss! How're you doing? If you're still taking the Veg1 that I sent you once, you certainly don't need any extra Vitamin D. It's included in the Veg1 supplements. That's why the Veg1 is so great for vegans. Everything we could be lacking in is covered.
 

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Hi Diana! I finished the veg1 and am now taking a vegan multi from america. It is called One a Day or something. I need to check if it has D, good point!<br><br>
I didn't like the need to chew the Veg1 all the time, some tastes were super strange lol!
 

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<div class="quote-block">The literature over the past decade suggests that the Institute of Medicine recommendations in 1997 are inadequate, and some experts including us suggest that both children and adults should take ≥8001000 IU vitamin D/d from dietary and supplemental sources when sunlight is unable to provide it.</div>
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I was *slightly* vitamin D deficient at last check, and first I took a prescription for 25,000 iu vit D once a week for 8 weeks to help jump my vitamin level, then reduced to 2,000 iu daily.
 

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^ i think some people probably under do it a bit, yet that dosage seems like a lot for a 'slight' deficiency.<br><br>
everyone is different i guess. I was towards the lower end of the scale even before becoming vegan it seems, but my deficiency was corrected by 1000iu twice a day.
 

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Did they find the deficiency in a normal blood test? Or did you have to ask?<br><br>
I think it might be the smartest idea, just for me to get a blood test to see what I do and do not need.<br><br>
I have super light skin, so maybe I don't even need the extra D.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SwissMiss</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3022800"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Did they find the deficiency in a normal blood test? Or did you have to ask?<br><br>
I think it might be the smartest idea, just for me to get a blood test to see what I do and do not need.<br><br>
I have super light skin, so maybe I don't even need the extra D.</div>
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They did a blood test. I am about as pale as exists without being albino, and I wasn't getting enough from the sun. (I wear a lot of sunblock too... which hurts absorption of D).<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>stasher</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3022768"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
^ i think some people probably under do it a bit, yet that dosage seems like a lot for a 'slight' deficiency.<br><br>
everyone is different i guess. I was towards the lower end of the scale even before becoming vegan it seems, but my deficiency was corrected by 1000iu twice a day.</div>
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I was taking 1000 iu a day when I was found to be deficient, so obviously that wasn't enough to maintain D levels for me.
 

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I will check to get a blood test done.<br><br>
I was also wondering about iron. because i picked the multivitamin with iron, because I am a girl. But I am not too sure i need it.
 

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I take 2000IU every day of the year and it has raised my level from being deficient to just barely in the optimal range. My doctor told me that U.S. reference ranges tend to be on the low side anyway, and that the RDA for Vitamin D was originally set just high enough to prevent Rickets.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SwissMiss</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3022818"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I will check to get a blood test done.<br><br>
I was also wondering about iron. because i picked the multivitamin with iron, because I am a girl. But I am not too sure i need it.</div>
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If you can then you should definitely get your D levels tested. I was taking 2,000IU daily for over a year and when I was tested my levels were at 23. Here in the US normal ranges are like 30 to 74 but I've read studies that they think 35 may still be too low for optimal levels/health. And vitamin D deficiencies can lead to a lot of serious health problems. Also, vitamin D is fat soluble which means your body stores it so if you do have high levels and you are taking too much of it you can reach toxic levels. Considering most in the US are deficient it's probably not something to worry about (I am assuming your in the US or in another northern country or use sunblock) but that is another reason to get tested. I've been on 50,000IU once a week for almost three months and I'll be getting re-tested soon to see what my levels are now and then figure out what I should take for a maintenance level.
 

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I've read that it generally takes 1000IU per day of supplemental Vitamin D for each 10 ng/ml that you wish to raise your blood level. In my case taking 2000IU per day has raised my level from 18 to 34 and I'm hoping that my upcoming bloodwork will show at least a few points higher. Still trying to decide what I'd like my optimal level to be and if I should be taking a bit more.<br><br>
For those who have had their levels tested, I'm curious as to how much supplemental Vitamin D you are taking per day and how much it has raised your blood levels?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>stasher</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3022768"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
^ i think some people probably under do it a bit, yet that dosage seems like a lot for a 'slight' deficiency.<br><br>
everyone is different i guess. I was towards the lower end of the scale even before becoming vegan it seems, but my deficiency was corrected by 1000iu twice a day.</div>
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You were right to question that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> as in our country, 25,000 i.u is usually given for a moderate rather than a slight deficiency, and IIRC, the poster who you were directing your post at has mentioned some health issues in the past, which would affect her absorption of Vit D somewhat, so her doc would have probably been erring on the side of caution so as not to under-do her supplementation.
 

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I bought MegaFood Vitamin D-3 1000 IU and I have been taking them for a few days. They say "vegetarian" but the vitamin guy said that they are vegan.
 
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