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As vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, why is it necessary to take it every day?
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Do I need to take vitamin D daily
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It is not necessary to take vitamin D every day. If you need to take vitamin D because your blood levels are low, you can take it every few days, weekly, or even monthly, because, as you mention, it is fat-soluble and, therefore, stored for future use within the fat in your body. It really depends on how you’ll best remember to take it. Just adjust the dose so that you get the same total amount over time, such as 1,000 IU daily or 7,000 IU weekly.

Keep in mind that taking too much vitamin D at one time can have negative effects. For example, while it has been proven that taking vitamin D can reduce falls and fractures in the elderly, a study which gave a single annual dose of 500,000 IU actually increased falls and fractures, particularly in the first three months after being taken. Excessive vitamin D can cause hypercalcemia (too much calcium in the blood, with symptoms including constipation and weakness).

More details about dosage, uses, how to increase absorption of vitamin D, and ConsumerLab.com’s latest tests and comparisons of vitamin D supplements are found in the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>



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Richard18767   December 28, 2019
I found the following article and YT interview useful for information on Vitamin D - including dosing intervals as it relates to blood levels. "The Role of Parent Compound Vitamin D with Respect to Metabolism and Function: Why Clinical Dose Intervals Can Affect Clinical Outcomes.." Written by Dr. Bruce W. Hollis, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3849670/
Video Interview: https://youtu.be/FbheaULwRAk

Based on this information and other research I have done, I chose to supplement daily. I supplement because periodically, my Vitamin D levels come back low, I work in an office environment and always wear sunscreen. Based on blood tests, I have found I have to supplement at 5000 IU/day to get and keep my level above 30.


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