Why Eating Vitamin D Fortified Foods Won’t Do You Much Good

by dr.g

Vitamin D fortified foods will not give you the vitamin D you need, for two reasons:

1.            Most foods are fortified with synthetic vitamin D

2.            Fortified foods may contain either more or less than stated on the label, so you don’t know how much you’re actually getting

In addition, although vitamin D2—the synthetic form of vitamin D—is less potent than the natural vitamin D3, it becomes toxic in your body at far lower levels than the natural form.

As with most nutrients and compounds, it is always best to get them from their natural sources, and vitamin D is no exception.

Interestingly, the only vitamin not found in breast milk is vitamin D. To me that’s a giant clue that we were NOT designed to swallow vitamin D. Newborn infants, just like you, were designed to produce it by exposing their skin to natural sunlight.

Without question, the best way to get the right amount of vitamin D is to spend some time in the sun. The problem arises during the wintertime, when, depending on where you live, of course, sunshine is too scarce.

One alternative is to use a safe tanning bed that is shielded from harmful emissions, or by using a high-quality vitamin D supplement.

What You Need to Know About Vitamin D Supplements

The vitamin D that’s added to milk is the synthetic and highly inferior vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). Only vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), the type of vitamin D found naturally in foods such as eggs, organ meats, animal fat, and cod liver oil is appropriate for supplementation.

Studies have concluded that vitamin D2 should no longer be regarded as a nutrient appropriate for supplementation or fortification of foods, yet no changes have been made within the food industry and it continues to be used! The term ‘buyer beware’ definitely applies to fortified foods…

Perhaps the most important aspect of vitamin D supplementation is the need for regular testing. However, in this area of the country it is likely most are in the lower levels of normal and probably need 3500-5000 iu’s per day to maintain normal levels. Getting tested regularly to make sure you’re within a healthy range is the best approach. Whereas you cannot overdose on vitamin D from the sun, you definitely run that risk when you’re taking supplements.

Finally, a quality vitamin D3 supplement should also contain vitamin K2 (preferably from the MK7 form). Why? Because as we begin to supplement with higher doses of vitamin D, calcium absorption is enhanced, which is a good thing.  However, it is vitamin K that guides calcium into bones and prevents its absorption into organs, joint spaces and arteries. Vitamin K occurs in three main forms: K1 (phylloquinone), from foods such as green leafy vegetables; K2 (menaquinone), which originates from bacteria; and K3 (menadione), which is a synthetic analogue. Numerous studies have shown that vitamin K2 is the more bioavailable form of the nutrient and more powerfully influences bone building than K1. MAKE SURE YOUR VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENT CONTAINS K2 FROM THE MK7 FORM!

For more information or where to find a high quality vitamin D3 supplement with vitamin K2: http://physicianspreferredbrand.com/Vitamin-D3-5000-with-K2.html

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