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For the sake of your body, make it a point to eat vitamin D-rich foods or take a vitamin D supplement. As with many nutrients, you can overdo it taking supplements. The safe upper limit for children 1 to 8 years is 2,500 to 3,000 IUs per day; for other children and adults (including women who are pregnant or breastfeeding), it’s 4,000 IUs per day.

But even without sunscreen, it’s nearly impossible to get enough D from sun exposure between October and April in most parts of the country. Shade, clouds and dark-colored skin also reduce the amount of vitamin D your body makes in the sun. For the sake of your body, make it a point to eat vitamin D-rich foods or take a vitamin D supplement. Eat foods rich in Vitamin D. Free range eggs, salmon and other oily fish have higher levels of Vitamin D. Consider increasing how much you eat of these foods throughout winter to help keep your Vitamin D levels in tip top shape.

Consider investing in a Sun Lamp. Vitamin D is essential, and, although you can take supplements, natural sources are always a better option. Stay wise about your sun exposure and get just what you need each day, and not one UV ray more. Get out of the sun before it has a chance to burn and if necessary use a safe sunscreen. One of the best ways to get enough vitamin D is through sun exposure, since skin absorbs ultraviolet-B (UVB) rays to manufacture the nutrient.

Evidence shows this can happen even if you’re wearing sunscreen. Regular sun exposure is the most natural way to get enough vitamin D. To maintain healthy blood levels, aim to get 10–30 minutes of midday. Vitamin D isn’t found in abundance in too many foods. (Things like wild salmon and fortified milk and yogurt are the exception.) And the only other way to get the nutrient is. Top tips for getting enough vitamin D Eat foods that contain vitamin D, such as oily fish, mushrooms and egg yolks.

Enjoy the sun safely during summer. From about late March/early April to the end of September, the majority of people should be able to get all the. Getting sufficient sunlight is the best way to ensure that your body gets enough vitamin D. From maintaining healthy bones and teeth to protecting against a range of diseases and condition.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the following groups of people may not be getting enough of the sunshine vitamin: People with darker skin The darker your skin, the more sun exposure you need to get the same amount of vitamin D as a fair-skinned person. People who spend a lot of time indoors.

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(c) Although there is no increased requirement in pregnancy, women who do not get sunlight exposure or adequate intake of fortified foods rich in vitamin D (milk products, ready-to-eat cereals, fatty fish, and egg yolk) should be given vitamin D supplements (Lowdermilk & Perry, 2007; Penney & Miller, 2008).

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Historically, the treatment for these conditions was cod liver oil, a rich source of vitamin D. If you know that you’re not getting enough sunlight and you’re not eating enough of the foods that contain vitamin D, you may need to take vitamin D supplements.

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Vegan athletes who consume few fortified foods, who train indoors, or who have limited sun exposure are at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency.12 While the RDA for vitamin D is 600 IU (15 mcg) for adults from 19 to 49, a growing number of experts suggest intakes of at least 25 to 50 mcg (1,000 to 2,000 IU) per day.

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A common approach correct vitamin D deficiency is to administer 50,000 IU capsules of vitamin D2 weekly for 4–8 weeks and monthly thereafter [1–5] and levels repeated in 3 months.

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Clinical Practice Guidelines, vitamin D deficiencies should be treated with 50,000 IU of vitamin D2 or vitamin D3 once a week for 8 weeks or its equivalent of 6000 IU of vitamin D2 or vitamin D3, daily to achieve a blood level of 25 (OH)D above 30 ng/mL, followed by maintenance therapy of 1500–2000 IU/d.

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The low angle of the sun’s rays, especially from October to April, plus the fact that fortified milk is the main dietary source of vitamin D (100 international units [IU]/250 mL), means that most Canadians need to take a vitamin D supplement (Osteoporosis Canada, 2009b).

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Children and adolescents who do not get regular sunlight exposure or drink at least 32 ounces of vitamin D–fortified milk each day should take supplemental vitamin D daily.37

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The CPS recommends that pregnant or breastfeeding mothers consume vitamin D 2,000 IU daily, especially during the winter months, to maintain optimal vitamin D stores in both the mother and the infant.

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Vitamin D is one of the most important anticancer vitamins, and I take at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 in supplement form every day.

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Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that older adults, people with dark skin, and those exposed to insufficient ultraviolet radiation (i.e., sunlight) consume extra vitamin D from vitamin D–fortified foods (such as milk) and/or supplements.

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  • High blood level of Vitamin D3 gives high degree of viral immunity but it takes days for the liver to process the vitamin into 25(OH)D.
    Calcifediol is the prescription drug version of 25(OH)D. This hospital in Cordoba, Spain did a randomized trial on 76 hospitalized Covid patients. 50 patients were given Calcifediol and 26 patients (the control group) were not given Calcifediol. Only one Calcifediol recipient had to be admitted into ICU and he survived. 50% of the control group had to be admitted into ICU and 2 died. This was in spite of the fact that the Calcifediol group had a much higher over age 60 population.
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960076020302764?via%3Dihub

  • Vitamin D studies from New England Journal of Medicine

    DIABETES. Among persons at high risk for type 2 diabetes not selected for vitamin D insufficiency, vitamin D3 supplementation at a dose of 4000 IU per day did not result in a significantly lower risk of diabetes than placebo.

    CANCER and HEART DISEASE. Supplementation with vitamin D did not result in a lower incidence of invasive cancer or cardiovascular events than placebo.

    No Value for Routine Vitamin D Supplementation

    Thomas L. Schwenk, MD

    A randomized trial, a meta-analysis, and a guideline all point in the same direction.

    Enthusiasm for recommending vitamin D supplementation to prevent a wide range of skeletal and extraskeletal disorders was diminished considerably by three publications in 2018.

    In VITAL (Vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial), researchers randomized nearly 26,000 middle-aged and older adults with no history of cardiovascular (CV) disease, cancer, or other serious disorders to receive vitamin D3 (2000 IU daily) or placebo. Mean serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level increased in vitamin D3 recipients only. During median follow-up of 5 years, major adverse CV events and invasive cancer occurred with equal frequencies in the two groups (NEJM JW Gen Med Dec 15 2018 and N Engl J Med 2018 Nov 10; [e-pub]). The VITAL researchers are expected to report eventually on other outcomes, including fractures.

    In a meta-analysis of 33 randomized trials, effects of supplementation with calcium, vitamin D, or both on fracture rates were investigated in older community-dwelling adults (age, ≥50). There was no reduction in risk for hip fracture or vertebral, nonvertebral, and total fractures for any supplementation intervention. The results applied to subgroups with 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels lower than 20 ng/mL or with previous fractures (NEJM JW Gen Med Feb 15 2018 and JAMA 2017; 318:2466).

    Finally, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated previous guidelines addressing vitamin D supplementation. The Task Force found adequate evidence to recommend against vitamin D supplementation to prevent falls and found insufficient evidence to recommend supplementation to prevent fractures in men and premenopausal women. For postmenopausal women, they recommend against low-dose supplementation, but evidence was insufficient to determine whether higher doses prevent fractures. The USPSTF emphasized that these recommendations apply only to community-dwelling older adults who are not known to have osteoporosis or vitamin D deficiency (NEJM JW Gen Med May 15 2018 and JAMA 2018; 319:1592).

    The VITAL study joins many others in which disease associations with low vitamin D levels do not necessarily translate to benefit from supplementation. However, given widespread routine measurement of vitamin D levels by clinicians (a practice for which there is no supportive evidence currently) and over-the-counter availability of supplements, vitamin D use is unlikely to decline.

  • I liked this video, clear concise and accurate information, excellent presentation skills and diction. Would be interesting to know Dr. Sam’s take on This vitamin in as a prophylactic during the Covid-19 outbreak?
    Here in the Uk we will hopefully hear in October about double blind placebo comparison peer reviewed study for NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) to confirm the benefits of taking Vitamin D3 supplements in the fight against he Covid-19 infection. There have been a number of quite significant observational studies that point to the fact that if your VitD3 plasma level is 75 N/Mols your risk of serious illness from the infection is much reduced. Up to now NICE is reported as saying there is “no evidence” because the studies so far have not been large scale double blind studies. However the consistency of the observational studies should not be ignored because there is no downside to upping the Vit D3 intake by say 2000IUs daily. This will not create a ‘toxic level’ which would be plus 220Nmols. AS Dr. Sam says the only way of knowing your Vit D3 level is to commission a blood test. Interestingly my wife and I did this, mine was 85 N/mols hers was 59N/mols so we have upped her daily supplement.

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  • well this 43 y/o woman who lost nearly 60lbs refuses to go topless LOL I will wear shorts tho.
    On a side note, I learned from Dr. Mercola yrs back that 20mins in the sun early morning and around 6pm will give you 10,000iu not 1,000iu safely.

  • Many thanks for the information on vit d. I am however a little confused on quantity. I am taking between 5000 and 10000 iu per day but the book I am reading comments that some people take 50000 plus. How does this relate to your intake? Many thanks, thoroughly enjoy your videos.

  • Never had I ever had a teacher or doctor such as Dr. Sam. Such a lovely charismatic darling with a lot of awesome information to provide.

  • Good talk as always. I would appreciate it if you could express the vitamin D3 in IU or list the conversion factor as well as mcg. thank you

  • Hi, I am a stone former and i saw in the internet that taking cod/fish oil will reduce kidney functioning for kidney patients. Is it true?

  • Dear Dr. Sam, again I find You the most endearing part about the video, please forgive my mistake about your accent being Australian, New Zealand is beautiful, I am envious. Also your inserted clips are hilarious and add to the content of your videos. And Thank You for responding so quickly on my question about statin drugs. Okay, I am 68 and in generally good health, I take a Vit.D3 supplement, I am currently taking 100 mcg per day, 50 mcg morning and 50mcg in the evening. My thought is too boost my immune system during this Covid threat, is that wrong headed thinking? Am I taking too much? Again Thank You, the World would have been miles ahead had they heeded your Covid advise.

  • New Zealand is such a long commute from the US for a Doctors visit..Well it is for my health so what can I say:) Seriously I do not get enough vitamin D and I will try to get outside more often into the Sun. I enjoyed your video on Metoprolol as well I take it and yes I think it can really depress your mood.

  • Wow, you are a very handsome man!! Haha!! I noticed I had low VD when I got a few cavities and was exhausted all the time. It’s common for people in AZ to develop low vitamin d in the summer because it’s so hot no one wants to be outside!!

  • I’ve been wondering if taking a multi vitamin every morning would help in at all.. All I get told is they’re no use, & you get plenty from food.. But my diet, although pretty good.. Plenty of fruit & veg, fresh meat, cereals like porridge, etc.. The trouble is, my appetite is so poor, & I don’t eat enough of anything really.. Then some days I don’t eat anything, other days, I can only force myself to a bowl of wheetos, corn flakes, rice krispies, or porridge.. I very rarely have 3 meals a day.. So basically, would the multivitamins benefit me at all?? �� Thanks Dr Sam.. Great vid as always!! Honest doctors are a rarity these days, wish we’d a million of ya!! �� Take care Doc!! ��

  • Hi Dr. Sam:) I have a question. If I use minoxidil and then afterwards other topicals containing other ingridients, will my skin still absorb? Or will my skin be saturated by first application, so other topicals wont penetrate?

  • Would you do a video on prostate cancer detection. I am in the states. The PSA blood test and DRE ex. am have been called into question. Your thoughts

  • Sit Out in Cool Sunshine, Early Mornings & Evenings, ( SUBJECT To YOUR CLIMATE!! )
    Avoid SUNBURN or HEATSTROKE! Be Sensible!! or look up better advice. in your country.

  • 2:18 Do people with darker skin need more vitamine D or more sun exposure? I thought it is just harder to get vit D with darker skin, not that you need more.

  • Everytime a movie clip shows up you tickle me somehow I always get surprised. Love you explanations short and precise cant get enough of your videos that you.

  • Wow… Dr Gorgeous… All of a sudden I’d do anything for vitamin D. Stark naked outside? I don’t understand… You’ll have to demonstrate…

  • Dr.sam…let me be frank wid u…the only reason I subscribed u was because watching ur smiling face in my recommended list makes me so relaxed….n I love hearing ur voice too..��well iam not the only one u can check in the comments below…��just watching u boosts our immune system..thank u doctor..

  • What a refreshing breath of fresh air this doctor is! Haven’t been to a doctor in years, but if I was living where she practices, I would be calling for an appointment! Keep up the great work and vibrant personality! ��❤️

  • My Dr prescribed vita d-3 5,000i is the bottle says every other day. I have not been consistent but trying. But she never told me exactly why. This amount or anything. If I get my lab test will that tell me why?

  • Oh my god. Such a beautiful Doctor. I love your eyes, smile, very soft spoken. ��. You r beautiful. I think any patients who just start listening you, wil get cured and no need of any medication,��.
    Your advise, your smile is the only best medicine.

  • why does NZ seem to take upvitamin information like this about D and also the vitamin C for cancer treatment? It is impossible to get any airtime in the UK.

  • Dr Sam. I started watching your very informative videos and immediately subscribed. Your format is excellent… presenting questions and then answering. Very informative, great topics, wonderful accent… I’m hooked. Your pleasant personality absorbs me into your topic which you cover with every detail. Please do a segment on mens issue with prostate and perhaps cover both invasive and non invasive treatments. I’ve heard of Resum and Eurolift but would love your perspective on this issue. Thank you!

  • I’ve tried just a bit of Vit D3, a tiny amount of 400UI basically nothing, but I get really hot, and HR goes up, not sure what is going up. I live in the Northern US. I do get sick. Do eat foods that have Vit D. Any ideas why I’m reacting? Is it imbalance of nutrients? If I could supplement with Vit D that would help my health.

    What is UI of the amount you take?

  • Yes, Vitamin D supplement is very much necessary for the urban people bcoz most of the time they remain indoors either in office or home, BTW nice informative session with very pleasing personality, Good Luck

  • Love your videos, they’re very informative!!! Love the breakdown on the various vitamins your body needs, and the the reaction to less or more needed in the body. Also, please cover more female hormone issues.

  • If I never hear those words “Corona virus” or “Covid 19” or “mask” or “social distancing” ever again, it will never be soon enough. I’m sure everyone agrees with me. I’m sick to death of hearing it now.

  • I have thalassemia and when I take the supplements I get really sick so I’m considering doing the drips…hopefully that will get rid of my muscle/bone pains that I’ve been getting since starting other medications

  • My Doctor just advised me to begin taking Vitamin D. Your vlog really helped!
    I live in Florida but have your coloring so I have to be very careful in the sun.

  • Thank you again Dr. Bailey for great video!! I am from St. Louis Missouri U.S.A. I really don’t like to be in the sun for to long, how much sun time do I need every day to keep my vitamin D in check? i like to do it first thing in the morning when I am drinking my coffee LOL
    Thank you in advance.
    Joseph

  • That info about salmon is great to know, since I routinely double, triple, or quadruple the servings of foods that are great for me. I’ve just got to learn how to fix salmon croquettes, like Southerners do. I love that version, but haven’t had it in a while, because I don’t know how to prepare it. Also, cod liver oil is a supplement my grandma always used. I always assumed it was for colds and blood pressure, but-maybe unbeknownst to her-it was great for your bones, too, if you got the calcium, as well. CAN ANYONE SPEAK TO THE MERCURY OF THESE 2 FISHES IN PARTICULAR? I HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH TUNA; IT WOULD MAKE THE INSIDE OF MY HEAD(BACK OF HEAD) BURN! I LOOKED UP THAT TUNA CONTAINED A MODERATE AMOUNT OF MERCURY. I NOW ONLY EAT IT VERY OCCASIONALLY. WHEN I SLOWED UP, THE BURNING STOPPED! CAN ANYONE SPEAK TO MERCURY LEVELS OF SALMON AND COD?

  • Nice video! One correction: fish and animal fat contain D3. Mushrooms contain D2. Mushrooms only contain D2 if irradiated with UVB during growth or after cutting, eg sun dried mushrooms make D3 during drying. It is best to take supplements with fat, eg butter, cheese or oil, to facilitate absorbsion by the body.

  • “scientist call it a hormone” because it IS a hormone. I find it interesting that you would say that the best way to get it is by getting enough sun without bothering to say anything about when, where and how much. I can only guess that you don’t know. It’s created in out skin with exposure to UVB.Depending on your geographical location and the time of year, you could stand outside with no clothing on in the afternoon clear blue sky for hours and still produce ZERO D because UVB just does not reach the earths surface. IE Canada from NovemberMarch zero UVB reaches the surface of the earth and hence zero D can be made. Also, why you are going to say get it from food and listing fortified foods. That’s just a supplement in your food. Just skip right to taking the supplement.

  • Is it possible? You become more beautiful each time I see u! Forget practicing medicine. You will help more people just smiling at them.

  • Cholesterol! Sunshine converts cholesterol to vitamin D.. Plus you can’t convert sunshine into vitamin D if you wash after Sun exposure!! Your body will continue to convert cholesterol to vitamin D for up to 48 hours if you don’t wash with soap,washing will strip the oils effectively halting the conversion.and you can’t have washed with soap two hours before Sun exposure or no vitamin D for you!

  • How ironic…for dark skinned people living in hot sunny countries getting vitamin D is hard depending on how dark their skin colour is but for fair skinned people in colder less sunny countries it harder to get vitamin D because of the lack of sun. �� and who said God doesn’t have a sense of humour?

  • What about chestnut mushrooms? It says on the packet ‘high in vitamin D’ and I’ve been eating a lot of them thinking I was getting my vitamin D! I eat a lot of salmon, sardines and eggs though so I guess I can scrub the mushrooms off my shopping list!

  • Please do a video on C vitamin as there are so much conflicting research or so called research out there. In one video you mentionrd zinc. Is it ok to take it or it requires conslultation with a doctor.thx.

  • I’m in the UK and have just started vitamin ABCD supliments, My doctor is useless so I usually look after myself watching YouTube health footage and google for correct doses and foods to eat,I have severe COPD grade 4 they gave me 31/2 years to live back in 2010/2011 my specialist said last June that he thought I would have died before then and said what ever it is your doing keep doing it and gave me a high five I was due to see him again this June but due to covid it’s been cancelled, I’d also like to say I think you are extremely attractive God bless you ����✌️

  • Thank you for your informative talks, beautifully articulated!! How about something on telmisartan, which I am taking for hypertension.

  • Why is there not a simple Vit D home test kit? Getting a GP to give a regular blood test on the NHS for this would be like finding hen’s teeth!

  • Great information!! I’ve been anti sunscreen ever since understanding the importance of sun exposure. It upsets me when I see how sunscreens are marketed as necessary to prevent wrinkles/visible aging, while vitamin D deficiency is so prevalent and so harmful to overall health. Thanks again Dr. Berg.

  • Compliments
    Sir, I am 65
    Three years back I underwent CABG (complete grafting).
    My BP ranges 80 / 140
    My HDL / LDL / TG / serum VLDL are within desirable limits as serum Total Cholesterol is 3.42 mmol/l
    My Vitamin D is 37 nmol/L which shows Deficiency.
    Request for guidance, please.
    Sahibzada Bashir
    Islamabad Pakistan

  • Why does vitamin D make my tinnitus so much worse? I take all the necessary co factors, high magnesium, vit k2 etc all in good brands. I’ve tried various vitamin D’s both oral and a topical. Always makes tinnitus worse. I never have this effect from the sun but then the sun rarely comes out here. Does anyone know why this happens?

  • I don’t equate your statement:
    RDA is meant to Prevent but Not Maintain your health. Isn’t taking the minimum RDA to “prevent” disease is in fact maintenance via prevention methods? If you are preventing illnesses, then it must be a standard level of maintenance?

  • Glad more people who can influence are getting the word out about the need to keep vitamin D levels in check! I am also glad that “mainstream” doctors are finally getting on board with checking Vitamin D and recognizing D3 over D2 to help with deficiencies. A few years ago when my daughter went in for a physical to participate in high school sports, I asked the doctor to check her levels and discovered her levels were very low. After a couple/few weeks, her mood and energy levels were up noticeably! If you have a teenager you know to celebrate when they are not grouchy and not bumping heads with her so much was good for my energy levels, too 😉 Now she has it checked yearly and is able to buy over the counter D3 to manage it.

  • Dr. Sam that was a great explanation of Vitamin D use and causes. I’m always outdoors (my battery charger) and do take a supplement. A thank you for your videos. Anyone with a sunshine deficiency has got to watch your videos because your smile is pure sunshine. Keep smiling it costs nothing but gives much!

  • Hi Dr. Sam Bailey thank you for the Foods with High Vitamin D I am not a picky eater I eat anything you put in front of me. Meat,Fish Liver I love thanks talk soon.

  • I was dead tired a few weeks ago, blood tests showed very low levels of Vitamine D. Bought a good supplement + ate sardines daily. My fatigue is almost gone a few weeks later! And yes, I felt anxious for no reason too, gone now.

  • There is D3 supplements for vegans. You are spreading incorrect information. A simple google search or a trip to the grocery store will show that.

  • Your a moron there are thousands of prisoners who get 1 hr of sunshine a day for 30 years on a bad diet and they do not suffer low levels of vit d there are people that live in the north of the world were they get 6months of darkness every year again they do not suffer with vit d levels your talking out your arse do some research first before you start talking alot of crap

  • It could be any number of things, but last winter I had a diet including many of the mentioned foods above and 10,000 iu of a D3 pill every other day and seemed to have better mood and energy throughout. Could have been because of raised hormone levels, or a milder Michigan winter!?

  • Look at Australians 55 years old and older they look like weather worn, you have to be so careful in the sun in this country, you can just about feel your self burning, throw smoking i n the mix and yeah you have a lot of people who look way older than what they are, and that is never a good look.

  • Thanks for the information. I didn’t know egg yolks have vitamin D. Where I live now, Denmark, is pretty shitty in this time of the year, since there is little to no sunlight and the sun sets early and raises late.
    But, as you said, if nothing can be done through food or sunlight, I can always supplement, which I will think about, since I do think I already have enough of vitamin D which I get from foods.

  • Dr. Patrick –
    Thank you for your scholarship into biochemistry’ You are shining a very bright light!
    D for anti-aging was a new find for me. I value your every word.

    For elder energy, I have discovered this:
    Daily: 16 grams sodium ascorbate/day
    10 grams D-ribose/day
    1.8 grams n-acetyl cysteine/day

    These doses are spread out throughout the day, and buffered by black pepper to maximize presence in the blood. I hope this makes sense.

    May you live long and prosper.
    Charles Gilbert

  • That is why they r spraying all over world with with stupid planes aka “Solar shield ” and not only that, plants and soil dont get sun energy neither and as “cherry on top” At the end all that chemicals are rainning down on us, plants and soil

  • Select facets of this commentary seems in contrast to the video “The Optimal Dose of Vitamin D Based on Natural Levels” from Dr Gregor of NutritionFacts. Dr Patrick it seems like you are still referring to the 2012 meta-analysis of Zittermann instead of the 2014 meta-analysis of Garland (which ‘debunked’ Zittermann’s inverse curve) especially when you infer that too much Vitamin D is not good in relation to all-cause mortality. Please explain. I will always take daily 10K IU with K2 since Dr Osborne and Dr Berg and others clearly say a daily 10K is safe. Any comments about assay variation? Gregor’s 2016 video showed that routine testing is NOT recommended by both IOM, ES and other. What has changed?

  • Can i take ashwagandha 500mg and vitamin d3 5000iu at the same time daily?? My vitamin d3 result is 10.52 insufficiency. Please let me know thank you.

  • Where can I go to get my vitamin D levels tested in the Washington DC metro area?

    https://www.instagram.com/gotwoodbarkleybootcamp/

    How can a vitamin D pill beat the sun? Isn’t a better solution to increase your sunlight exposure?

  • I heard that you can mitigate the possibility of D3 overdose by adding a couple hundred micrograms of k2-MK7. I take 10k IU D3 per day.

  • I see this was posted in 2013: but I saw a recent tweet where you say > 10,000 IU of Vit D can be harmful; if as Bruce Hollis says, we can make 20,000 IU of Vit D by being in the midday sun, can you post the references that say a half of what I can make in 20 mins of sun; is toxic to me please? (Always keen to learn); best wishes

  • if only you sold a multi vitamin.. or had a few ideas whats the best say five plants to grow that produce fruit or veg to fix these deficiency.. thumbs up if kale on there,, garlic blue berry sweet potato etc?

  • I’d rather keep seeing you guys in the videos than the newer guys. They just don’t feel very Mind Pump, and I tend to skip anything with them in it at this point. I’m sure they’re wonderful people, but they seem like they’d appeal to a demographic younger than what your podcast demographic probably is. If that’s the intent, great, but that probably means I’ll be sticking to the podcast then. Keep it up!

  • Dr. Rhonda “We all need the D” Patrick.

    lol sorry doc. this is just the price you pay when you make a youtube channel. i hope you get paid well for it

  • Can i take ashwagandha 500mg and vitamin d3 5000iu at the same time daily?? My vitamin d3 result is 10.52 insufficiency. Please let me know thank you…

  • Do not forget thar D3 must be hydroxylated by the liver and then converted to calcitriol in the kidneys before being of use in the body. Metabolic disease and obesity allows fatty liver disease and the inability to convert as so does kidney disease, any amount of supplement will not allow the body to use it if those diseases are present.

  • Michael Holick, John Cannel mentioned 20 minutes gives you over 40,000 IU
    providing your liver and kidneys healthy for the convention

  • Wow! 4 times less vit d at 70 than at 20. How can i be 50 and only learn this now? Doctors should..as part of duty of care..inform older patients of this.
    How coincidental that this neglect results in more medications, illness….money. Don’t even get me started on that toxic sunscreen…another cancer causing product that doctors “recommend”.

  • All well and good, but try getting a “DOCTOR” to even give you a blood test!!!
    (It’s as if by ASKING for a test, you’ve “challenged” the Dr that you somehow know more than him?). Seriously, any doctor I see for 30 seconds knows the state of my body far better than I possibly could. I’m just the “owner” of a human body, I couldn’t possibly know whether it’s working ok or not:)

  • 90%+ of deaths from the current worldwide infections are people over 50. Their immune systems were weaker due to low levels of Vit D.
    What blocks Vit D production by reducing cholesterol?
    Statins.

  • What are some ways to last longer in bed? I read loads of great reviews on the internet about how Erectodom Secrets will help you achieve total control over your erectile dysfunction. Has anybody tried using this popular erectile dysfunction natural treatment?

  • Not all sunshine can make vitamin d. When the sun is not high in the sun there is not much UV-B, and so little vitamin D is made. UBV also gives you a tan so if your skin is not tanning a bit, you are not making vitamin D.

  • Basically, according to this video, whatever you do, we simply will not get enough Vitamin D. So guys, just do not even bother yourself.

  • Dr. Berg is literally godsent man who is saving thousands of lives by authentic info but he is a huge threat to corrupt medical & farming practices. May Allah protect him & guide him to the truth.❤

  • Just got my Virgin Cod Liver Oil in today. Tastes better than I thought. Kinda like diluted olive oil with a very light hint of mint. Not fishy at all, thankfully.

  • yeah so I live in Berlin, Germany and we have almost no sun the entire year… I’m very deficient of vit D. it’s also bad for the mood!
    I really wish I lived in a warm country with a lot of sun!!!

  • @ 2:18 D3 (From Sun & Supplement) K2, Zinc, Vitamin A, Magnesium, Fat & Cholesterol (Fish Oil), Bile Salts, Boron, Probiotics, Lower Stress, Intense Exercise

  • We all take D3 in our house and over the past few weeks my son as well. Then soon after he started having problems getting to sleep which was odd.
    It then dawned on me that the only new thing was the D3. Quick Google confirmed that vitamin D can cause insomnia so we have stopped giving my son D3, at least with his evening meal and may switch to a morning dose.

  • Get red light brood lamps. Set them up in a room maybe with an exercise bike or watching TV. No risk of skin cancer or sun burn. But it’s the light spectrum required for vitamin d.

  • I love in Seattle and I had been taking 2000 IU very day and I was still very deficient on my blood test by spring so I upped to 4000 IUs. I’m having major memory, vision, and nerve problems. I also have leaky gut so that explains my poor absorption. Getting my daily sun now that spring is here.

  • I think I’ll get plenty from the sun, but I drink virgin cod liver oil daily too. You should mention that only virgin and fermented cod liver oil has natural vitamin a and d. There is concern with fermented though because it could be rancid. Industrial processing destroys those vitamins and they have to add sythentic ones back into it. Might as well just take a supplement if you’re going to buy that.

  • I think I missed something. I didn’t hear a specific recommendation for a healthy body vs disease prevention (only much more than 400-800IU). I’d appreciate any clarification if anyone knows.

  • What about when the VDR is dysregulated and blocked by intraphagocytic infections(think Sarcoidosis)…and 1,25 D is very high out of range and 25D is low?

  • I would highly recommend sun gazing, I get results even only on 5 to 10 min a day with melenated skin. That shows you can absorb through the eyes directly because a few minutes a day shouldn’t be enough for me. Some effects are hair grows faster, higher sex drive, better sense of well being, strengthing of the eyes, and for some people receiving information and heightened senses. Obviously learn about safe times to do it. Over time time if you’re dark and your eyes have gotten used to it you can do it any time of the day. I can’t speak for Caucasians about the time issue because of the sunburn issue. I think decalcifying your pineal gland (active third eye) may be your work around.

  • Are there any issues with over doing Vitamin D?? I live in Florida, eat fish/shellfish regularly along with cod liver oil and caviar, and take vitamin D supplements every other day ������‍♂️

  • I was born with ricketsia….and jaundice.
    I hate liver its disgusting…break out in a rash from oysters.
    Oils make me crap everywhere.
    Shrooms are pretty good.
    Yesterday i did clothing optional sunbathing…
    I try to get at least 8 hours a week.
    If not i feel bad….
    But everytime i try to get natural….here come the civilized americans to lock me up and throw away the key.

  • On advice I started taking zinc and vitamin D late last autumn. I have had a heavy cold EVERY year in Jan/Feb for at least 12 years! This year I had no cold symptoms whatsoever.
    I will continue to take the correct amounts in future without fail. Thanks Dr. Sam.

  • I try to eat a can of sardines everyday plus a tbs of cod liver oil. The bonus is I actually like them both, I was eating sardines long before I found out how healthy they were just because I like them so much.:) I think I’m in the minority on that one.

  • I hope all your videos have swedish translator so i could send this to my friends and my husband so theycould understand your good videos… how i Wish you can do this..

  • I have CKD and D is low so I take supplement D3. I live in Minnesota, and most of the year it’s cold and we don’t receive enough sun. I recently discovered your channel. You are an outstanding presenter, and obviously a well educated doctor. I must say quite attractive as well. Thank you for bringing informative medical content to the internet. Could you please discuss AFIB in the future. Why is it seemingly on the rise? Are there and treatments or cures to eliminate the need for anti clotting medication?

  • You need the sun and use animal fat on your skin and bask in the sun for 10 mins, stop using chemicals that interferes with hormonal balance.

  • Hi Doc. My Physician prescribed me medication at night like quarter clonazepam and
    2.5mg anti-psychotic and 5mg anti-depressant. It is safe to take in the morning supplements 1000iu vit.D3 + 1000mg fishoil and 500mg Ashwagandha?? My vitamin D3 result was 10.52 Insufficiency too low. Thank you!

  • Would be interested in hearing your thoughts, Dr. Berg, on Cod Liver Oil. While you mentioned it was a good source of vitamin D, there isn’t any mention of any health proponents I’ve discovered of Cod Liver Oil containing K and these two are so important together. What about rancidity? Environmental contamination in the oil?

  • Hi Dr Sam, I have recently been reading about the benifit of berberine. I am at the moment taking metformin for what I call very borderline diabetes. I was wondering if there would be any benifit or down side to taking berberine along side the metformin. Many thanks, love your channel, very informative. All the best, Barry.

  • I live in Saskatchewan Canada we get some of the most sun exposure in all of North America. So it’s not all North places. Winter is brutal but we still have sun and it reflects so we have sun dogs on very chill days. You get vitamin D and cryotherapy in one shot. Calgary Alberta has the most. I lived in BC for three months. And got so depressed. As soon as I got back to Sask under the sun I got better. We get sun from 3am-10pm in the summer and its coming….. In northpole the sun doesn’t set in the summer. YAY! It was still light out at 8:45 when I went to bed sunrise is by 5:30 in morning. More north you are the more sun you get in summer. In winter not so much. That why they eat lot of ocean food in winter keep vitamin D up.

  • anyone know any natural remedies or anything to stop my hair thinning/ receding (no medication).. I have a twin and he isn’t thinning or receded bad at all… PLEASE HELP I’m only 19

  • Since I started supplemental dosing on cod liver oil and D3/K2 I have had sudden bone and muscle pain and metallic taste in my mouth…backed off it and these symptoms seem to abate. I noticed the D3 capsules I use are using soy as a carrier oil. Reckon this is the reason? Or am I O.D.’ing on vitamins?

  • You should mention how the UV index should be too. I really doubt 10 min of sunlight in July is the same as 10 min of sunlight in January.

  • I thought I read a study somewhere, that exposing mushrooms to direct sunlight for about 30 minutes converted the D to D3 and increased the bioavailability? Have you heard of this concept?

  • I’m not getting older I’m falling apart. Sucks. No matter how well you eat or exercise. Made it to 55 w/o having root canals, crowns now I might as well get an apt above my dentist’s office.

  • Yet all those foods cause high uric acid in urine and blood. I’m having this issue and seeing a urologist now. I was eating healthy trying to get my vitamin d level up from a 9. Very low, I took doctors choice 5000 iu a day and became bed ridden and I’ll. It caused me to have high blood pressure, high blood sugar etc. Anxiety etc. As soon as I stopped the pill form of vitamin d everything returned to normal. Except my vitamin d never went up and by eating these foods it’s at a 11 now still way to low. But now I have uric acid in urine and blood. I’m 47.

  • Won’t the skin become darker if one stays under sun for 20 min everyday? I am brown and I don’t want to be darker. Do you recommend applying something on my face for that?

  • Can we stay under the sun without any sunscreen? Does the time matter? Like can we stay under the sun till afternoon without any worry about harmful rays being exposed on skin?

  • Just to be clear, are we saying cod liver oil is a sufficient source of Vit D or that you’re still better off taking a Vit D supplement?

    Not a fan of using supplements so would rather be taking cod liver oil.

  • Dr Berg the RDA is 400 to 800 IUs as you stated to prevent disease, but what amount of Vitamin D3 do you take daily & is that the amount you would recommend to the average person? Thank you.

  • One spoon of the cod liver oil I take has 485 IUs of vitamin D. Also, you can’t just say “eggs have X amount of vitamin D.” How the animals were raised will indicate how much vitamins are in the food. Pasture-raised cows and chickens will yield higher vitamin D foods than barn-raised cows and chickens.

  • For some reason I believed that Vits D2 was a synthetic version of Vita D. Did not know is in mushrooms. Did I mention that there is no rest for the Not so wicked?

  • You know Doc, I’d have a dr. visit with you, you’d walk in, and my mind would completely go blank. I do enjoy your videos. Now if I could just remember what they were about.

  • Remember too, as you seek for answers to you health issues, God is in control of your life and there is not a pill, food or exercise or anything that can CURE you. There are these things I mentioned that can HELP you, maybe.
    Look at it this way if there was a cure to all these ailments humanity would begin to worship at the feet of these things and not the creator himself.
    We are all idolators ANYWAY, imagine if we had the cures!
    So God in his wisdom allows us comfort, temporary healing of sorts, pain relief but more often than not, no cure. And anyone selling you something in the absolute sense of a cure though vitamins of whatever is a liar.
    In the meantime we can try to find ways of feeling better and getting our health back. But this is the balance God has already designed into our frail shot existence.

  • Thanks for this..Sal.
    All this November weather is making it really hard to keep motivated.
    I suspect sunlight and Vit D have a LOT to do with it.
    Would you recommend the JUUV or any similar product?
    I assume the near infrared spectrum, is no way enough..
    Cheers from Portugal!

  • I started taking vitamin D spray at the 1000 IU standard dose and thought it was great to start with. I noticed I was getting a racing heart and pulse. I noticed I was feeling jittery after a few weeks. Is this a side affect of the spray? I want to know if the pills are better? Also will the spray that goes straight into the blood affect a blood test for vit D?

  • I just clicked on your video knowing that the last doctor was WRONG. He stated that Vit D levels can never be too high. He’s also into fitness workouts so I guess he’s a bit of a musclehead in addition to being a doctor.

  • I eat cod livers for my Vitamin D. I also take a supplement of K2 and CoQ10. I’m never quite sure I’m getting enough Of D though. The brand of cod livers I use says 1/2 of the can provides 450% of daily need of D. I also use all the cod liver oil that comes with it.

  • I listen to you Dr. Patrick so I don’t have to have blood tests and deal with doctors who all give different information. So, no blood tests to determine my Vitamin D levels, but I am taking D3 supplements thanks to your information.

  • Is would be nice to see which one is the most significant, I mean if taking boron only increases the absortion by 0.00001%, probably not worth the time and money to ingest this chemical. Also they should be listed in order of significance!

  • I hit my head really hard on a pole on the bus. for a split second I thought I was gonna be in agonizing pain. but it barely hurt. my skull was stronger than I thought because Ive been taking vitamin d

  • Notes:
    -supplement with zinc, magneisum
    -add cod liver oil to popcorn
    -eat egg and probiotic(nonfat greek yougurt, kimchi, and saukercraut)
    -intense exercise(sprints for me)
    -foods with boron(red kidney beans, raisins)

  • So it’s great to have all this information but it is so much that I don’t know where to start? Do I get a vitamin D3 with K2 supplement, do I take cod liver oil, do I take D3 and Boron or D3 and magnesium or just take everything on the list? I need more guidance from the video and not just informational

  • Why Vit D with calcium? What type of people should avoid using this combination? Side affects many with gallstone…? Vit with side affects??

  • So, is it some super big secret what the hereditary condition is that interferes with absorption of vitamin D? And what is the name of the test that specifically identifies this? Incomplete information. Disappointing.

  • Hello, Dr. Sam. I would like straight up info about melatonin. I have used it in the past when I had to fly to Europe from North American. The jet lag was debilitating. But these days I take 3mg daily as I came across reports that exposure to 5GHz (mobiles and wifi) tends to deplete natural production. I have used it for months now, and am sleeping like a baby. What say you? Thanks for these great videos.

  • I take all those supplements, plus due to cytochrome P450-2D6, 2x’s the recommended daily amount of methyl folate! It works to get my levels up into the 60’s!

  • Also, if taking vitamin D, check out Ka’Chava. Greatest product I’ve ever found in a package which I tend to stay away from (packaged food that is). about 50% of your RDA of most vitamins and minerals including magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, B (multiples), C, D and others. It’s gluten free, vegan, non-gmo, organic and completely plant based. Check it out. BTW, I’m not benefiting from you getting Ka’Chava unless you know me and use my email on checkout. 😉

  • Sunlight Food is the best source of Vit-D. expose yourself to the sunlight early in the morning and late in the afternoon when the rays are weaker. About 15-30 minutes exposure on a regular basis.

  • Doctor you really great person. I salute you and your knowledge and provide us without any fees… great. I would like to meet you.

  • my dr just got my results for d its 12 suposed to be 30 so he is giving me some im outside every day im getting folic acid also and calcium i have ra and lupus

  • Hi, can you take vitamin K2 MK7, if on
    Nattokinase supplements? I am on Nattokinase but am taking 2000iu of vitamin D3 too, and was told I should also be on vitamin K2 Mk7 as it works with Vitamin D3 to distribute the calcium to the bones or else it goes into the arteries and cause Hypercalcaemia and lead to heart attacks. So I’m worried. But doesn’t vitamin K2 interfere with the properties of Nattokinase since my supplement says it’s had K2 taken out?
    Please help.
    Many many thanks.

  • shouldn’t the increase in vit D / calcium depositing in the blood vessels cause higher blood pressure? thus vit K2 would channel them into bones, reducing blood pressure?

  • Gud day doc. My result of my vitamind3 is 10.52 ng/mL insufficiency and my physician prescribe me to take 2vitamin d3 equivalent to 10000iu and at night also 10000iu all in all is 20000iu per day. It is safe to take at night??? Please let me know how many dosage should I take daily. Thank you very much.

  • In mid may of last year I had a blood level of 122 ng/ml. I had been supplementing so I stopped. I wonder how long it will take for my levels to come down to normal levels. I weigh 135 pounds. Thanks

  • I have CFS, fibromyalgia and either IBS or IBD. I also don’t have a gall bladder anymore. Is there anything extra I should be doing to compensate for my missing organ?

  • Supplements are so strong people have to be careful. A small massage with oil enriched with the content of a vitamin D pill is interesting.

  • Hello dr berg, please to those who just discovered your videos,,, how can we get reply we are now new so please go back to your old video and please check for new subscribers

  • How do we know how mutch vitamin D we are getting from food and sunlight, so we don’t get too much vitamin D from capsules or oils.

  • Hello dr berg am freda i lives in the uk there no sun my gp gave me vitamin d but i always wach you in u tube,, please also i remove my womb when i was 36 now am 45 should i take vitamin k2 with D3 and please am having knee problems now when I climb stairs is very painful,,, can you please give some advice and support in my reply

  • Gd night Dr Eric Berg, thankyou for always show important video, important article. mau help, n edct many people take care Dr GBU always

  • Another one for the doctor. I had the exact pain on my chest bone above the sternum I just realized the pain is not there because of the Vitamin D I’ve been taking a few weeks ago. Spot Doc, very informative. Thanks

  • Get more sun exposure, approximately 15-20 minutes per day with 50% of bare skin exposed (summer time obviously ��), lay off the sunscreen/sunblock as these prevent vitamin D from penetrating the skin. In winter months use D3 with K2 supplements.

  • If u are low income,go outside
    In the sun vitamin D3. The time is 9am to 3pm. 20 mins or more, dark skin ppl a little long. God give us free vitamin D3.Praises The Lord ��

  • whats the right time to go under sun? some say morning and evening sun as the maximum sunrays fall on us on that angle and are less harsh.. some say 10-2 pm.

  • What’s the best vitamin D3 supplement I can buy and is it true I need to add a probiotic to vitamin D in order for it to absorb in my body?

  • I dont know if its because shes too close to camera or what, but she looks and sounds weird.. I will never eat mushrooms again NEVEEER

  • Dr Please help me, i have taken Vitamin d 3, later taken with Vitamin k2, but numbness increased that means my cholesterol increased, what to do? How can i Reduce this Problem? I want to stay Healthy,

  • Ever since I had my gallbladder out I have been getting a hive like rash on my arms it comes and goes itches like hell would vit d help

  • Hi Dr Berg, thank you so much for all of your videos, you are my go to Dr. I have a question though, I’m 63 and according to my Dr, extremely deficient in Vitamin D. I will start taking D3 with K2, however, how long do I have to be in the sun for my skin to absorb vitamin D? I hear that as you get older, your skin doesn’t absorb much, is that true? I would appreciate your comments on this. Thank you!��

  • No wonder why my bone PAIN!
    Finally I’m Vitamin D deficiency
    Damn it!!!
    I know you too late Dr Eric Berg
    I’m late for 18 years
    You’re my saviour
    Bow ��‍♂️ down and thank you for sharing to save my pain.

  • I encourage anyone interested in “optimum” level of vitamin D to look into the level found in the average lifeguard. Lifeguards, and other outdoor workers, have much more than 80ng/ml (a little direct sun exposure to your arms (if you’re white-skinned) can generate 20,000iu). I’m not saying I know the optimum level, but I bet it’s above 80ng/ml. My bet is backed up by research I’ve seen reported in a couple of UCTV (University of California TV) YouTube videos and other videos where researchers report several very interesting findings. Probably the two most important from my point of view are: (1) you must take vitamin D daily for best results; it’s the blood level of vitamin D itself (not the metabolites like 25hD and 1,25hD) that matters, and this level decreases dramatically in 24 hours; the old thinking that a person can take week’s worth one day a week is contradicted by evidence; and (2) it’s nearly impossible to overdose, and unless you get a lot of sun (or other UVB) exposure, you should probably be taking a minimum of 4,000iu/day. Of course, the best thing to do is get your blood level checked so you know, but as reported elsewhere, the vast majority of people are dramatically deficient. One researcher reported toxicity in an ER admission because an error led the patient to take 1,000,000iu (yes, one million international units) per day for six months. Only after months did the patient suffer enough to seek help. Wow.

  • What about taking vitamin D and K2 supplement with kefir goatmilk to increase the absorption of both. I don’t understand why you say in this video not to take calcium with it?