High Doses of Vitamin D

by Priya

In India doctors routinely prescribe 60,000 IU of Vitamin D3 as a powder in sachets to be taken once a week. Very few people--if any-- are at all aware that there is a Blood Test for Vitamin D. Can these weekly doses of 60,000 IU be safely taken even without Vitamin D Testing for Vitamin D Deficiency?

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Safely Taking High Doses of Vitamin D without Testing
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen

Hi Priya,

That's a really good question. First, it is ALWAYS a good idea to know what your Vitamin D Level is.

This is not so much to make sure that you don't overdose, but that you don't take too LITTLE Vitamin D.

Most people think that they are getting adequate Vitamin D in their food and are always quite shocked to find out that they have Low Vitamin D Blood Levels.

And for so many years, people have been told not to take too much Vitamin D. So when people find out that they have a deficiency, they think that taking 800 IU's or 1200 IU's per day is sufficient and never get retested. Then they believe that their pain or fatigue is NOT due to Vitamin D Deficiency when it very well could be.

And while 60,000 IU's is less than the 10,000 IU's per day that is considered safe to take everyday by many researchers, this amount is ONLY in absence of sunlight exposure.

And in a sunny place like India, if someone was taking 10,000 IU's a day AND getting significant sun exposure, then they could become toxic.

So, there are many factors. If you really want to be "safe", then it is always best to Check Your Vitamin D Levels regularly.

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen

Functional Medicine Practitioner

Easy Immune Health.com

Vit D and Sun in India
by: amit

Just wanted to add that many of us in India don't get enough exposure to sun aswell. We go to work early in the morning and come back late in the night mostly staying indoors. Outside it may be so hot that you may not like to stand in the sun.

by: MG

Also important to remember, if you're fully dressed/covered you may not be getting enough vitamin D from the sun even if you live in a sunny area.

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