Difference between Vitamin D an Vitamin D3

by Frances
(Toronto Canada)

Any difference to these two types of Vitamin D?

My family doctor found out my Vitamin D level is very low; I started to take Vitamin D3 for 2000iu per day, as instructed by my doctor; I then started to notice I have swollen gums and redness... am I taking too much?
Should I take Vitamin D after meals or any time preference??

Appreciate your advice:
Frances Cheung


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There is definitely a difference...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Frances,

Yes, there is definitely a difference between Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. I've actually covered this in detail on this Vitamin D3 page.

So, you are already taking Vitamin D3 and that's good, but I have no idea why your gums would be red and swollen. Are you sure that there was no possibility that they were not red and swollen BEFORE you started taking the Vitamin D3? Or is it possible that you are just beginning to notice it right now? It sounds like an EXTREMELY unlikely Side Effect of Vitamin D.

If it really did start after starting the Vitamin D, I don't know what to say, other than the fact that it MIGHT be coincidental. But either way, you should take a look at the book Money By the Mouthful to see how you can heal your periodontal disease before it's too late!

But another thing. 2000 IU's is WAY too low to be a Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency.

Where your doctor got that number, I have NO IDEA! It is certainly NOT the 'standard of care'. In fact, it is the MAINTENANCE dose for a 2 year old CHILD- certainly not TREATMENT for an adult!

So, you really need to read the Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency page and really familiarize yourself with vitamin d dosages.

I hope that this helps you get on the right track with your vitamin d!

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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need answers
by: Anonymous

I've been reading comments on Vitamin D, D2 & D3 through the internet but no one has still answered the question on just Vitamin D, what I read so far to me is misleading. is that JUST Vitamin D no number on it could either be 2 or 3 am I correct so far, so if I buy JUST vitamin D it might be might get D2 or D3 pick of the straw as they say.

which I would think the FDA should look into it. and there should be no Vitimin D label at all it should either be D2 or D3 and forget just D since that does not exist am I correct ??

Just assume that it's D2 if it doesn't say different
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi No Name,

You are making it FAR FAR too complex. If it 'just' says Vitamin D, just don't get it. Assume that it's D2.

Simply find Vitamin D that says D3 or cholecalciferol. It's not hard at all to find Vitamin D3, so just ignore anything that doesn't say that. Don't make this into such a complex issue.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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Red swolllen gums
by: Andy

Red swollen gums sounds more like a vitamin C deficiency than vitamin D deficiency.

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