MS Central Question of the Week: Vitamin D and Food

Lisa Emrich Health Guide April 12, 2010
  • Vitamin D is a fat-soluble hormone which is produced in the body as sunlight (ultraviolet light UVB) reaches exposed skin.  It can be found in very few foods and is available as a dietary supplement in over-the-counter and prescription form.  Vitamin D is essential for calcium abs...

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  • talksforaliving
    Apr. 13, 2010

    I haven't had my vitamin D levels checked, but have been on a serious vitamin regimen since the diagnosis. One of the vitamins I am making sure to take is vitamin D.  You can get some of the fish oils in gelcaps, which will make it not taste so bad!!!  I appreciate this suggestion and am going to ask the doc about it because I never get any sun and...

    RHMLucky777

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    I haven't had my vitamin D levels checked, but have been on a serious vitamin regimen since the diagnosis. One of the vitamins I am making sure to take is vitamin D.  You can get some of the fish oils in gelcaps, which will make it not taste so bad!!!  I appreciate this suggestion and am going to ask the doc about it because I never get any sun and am pale as a ghostie!

    • Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      Apr. 13, 2010

      Yes, the fish oil in gelcaps is a must!  I even get some in thicker gelcaps which are supposed to help limit any fishy aftertaste.  I take most of my vitamins and meds right before going to bed so I don't really notice.

       

      I've gotten so pale over the past few years since the heat has really started to bother me more with the MS.  I need...

      RHMLucky777

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      Yes, the fish oil in gelcaps is a must!  I even get some in thicker gelcaps which are supposed to help limit any fishy aftertaste.  I take most of my vitamins and meds right before going to bed so I don't really notice.

       

      I've gotten so pale over the past few years since the heat has really started to bother me more with the MS.  I need to find times where it's cool outside but the sun is still shining...and do this without getting cold.  Undecided

       

      So I'm right with you on the pale as a ghostie!!  Most of my body at least.

  • momdukes
    Apr. 12, 2010

    Hi Lisa,  my vit. D levels were so low they were almot non-existant.  The doctor has me taking 50,000 units a week.  I am not sure if that is a lot or not, but I go to the doc at the end of the month to have my level checked.  I miss laying out in the sun.  Even though I am Africian American, I do enjoy a great summer tan!Wink  I will...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Lisa,  my vit. D levels were so low they were almot non-existant.  The doctor has me taking 50,000 units a week.  I am not sure if that is a lot or not, but I go to the doc at the end of the month to have my level checked.  I miss laying out in the sun.  Even though I am Africian American, I do enjoy a great summer tan!Wink  I will be getting me a tan this summer,(it looks good in bright colored colothing) Wink I have red undertones so my tan looks good!

     

    sherry/smomdukesKiss

    • Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      Apr. 13, 2010

      Sherry,

       

      50,000IU weekly (prescription D2) sounds like a lot, but it metabolized differently than the OTC vitamin D3 supplements.  Right now I'm taking both to try to get my blood levels higher.

       

      Personally, I haven't "tanned" in a long time.  I've kinda avoided spending too much time in the sun, however it looks like I shouldn't necessarily...

      RHMLucky777

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      Sherry,

       

      50,000IU weekly (prescription D2) sounds like a lot, but it metabolized differently than the OTC vitamin D3 supplements.  Right now I'm taking both to try to get my blood levels higher.

       

      Personally, I haven't "tanned" in a long time.  I've kinda avoided spending too much time in the sun, however it looks like I shouldn't necessarily avoid it.  Some sun exposure is good for us.  :)

       

      Enjoy those brightly colored clothes!

  • Justine Lam
    Apr. 12, 2010

    I try to take a Tbps of the Nordic Cod Liver Oil (but it taste so yucky it's hard to stomach). I also take Trader Joe's Vitamin D supplements. Or I just try to get more sun during the day -- at least 15 minutes. How about you, Lisa?

    • Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      Apr. 13, 2010

      It's important to get blood levels checked before knowing how much supplementation is necessary.  (My next post will talk more about that.)

       

      Since 5000IU daily was not enough to raise my blood levels to a range where my neuro and rheumy were pleased, I'm still taking 5000IU of D3 daily and have added (back) 50,000IU of D2 weekly.

       

      I've just...

      RHMLucky777

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      It's important to get blood levels checked before knowing how much supplementation is necessary.  (My next post will talk more about that.)

       

      Since 5000IU daily was not enough to raise my blood levels to a range where my neuro and rheumy were pleased, I'm still taking 5000IU of D3 daily and have added (back) 50,000IU of D2 weekly.

       

      I've just recently found a company who supplies vitamin D3 in 5000IU capsules.  Previously, I had to take 5 tablets of 1000IU each daily.  Yay, fewer pills!!

       

      What I'm taking sounds like a lot, but being obese increases the body's needs (since vitamin D is sequestered in fat cells).  

       

      As far as food goes, I had not really thought much about what our food supplies in reference to vitamin D.  It's something good to know.

  • Nancy D
    Apr. 12, 2010

    Hi Lisa!  Thank you for more good information.  It also reminded me to call the Rheumotologist to have my blood tested for Vitamin D levels.  I have been taking 1000 IU a day for a couple of years now.  Since finding out about Lupus I'm not supposed to be in the sun and I get a rash when I am.  I miss being out in the sunshine! ...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Lisa!  Thank you for more good information.  It also reminded me to call the Rheumotologist to have my blood tested for Vitamin D levels.  I have been taking 1000 IU a day for a couple of years now.  Since finding out about Lupus I'm not supposed to be in the sun and I get a rash when I am.  I miss being out in the sunshine!  Oh well... I'm pretty sure that will guarantee all these wrinkles will be fading away soo!  Right?

    • Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      Apr. 13, 2010

      Oo, the disappearing wrinkles sound like a great benefit.  :)

       

      Definitely get your D levels checked.  From what I've read regarding vitamin D stuff, taking 1000IU daily is not likely to be enough.  But you'll only know for sure by getting tested.