How Much Vitamin D Can I Take At Any 1 Time & Be Assured That It Will Be Absorbed?

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Asked by PAIN LADY

How Much Vitamin D Can I Take At Any 1 Time & Be Assured That It Will Be Absorbed?

I have fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, IBS, & am 60 yrs old. I weigh 90lbs(only 4'9"). I know you can only take 500mg calcium at a time-more will not be absorbed. I have looked everywhere on the net for amount of vitamin D you can take at any 1 time. How much food do I need to eat before taking it? Is just a banana enough? I take 1000mg tabs. I've only been taking 1/day. I have'nt any insurance, so no Dr. I would like to take 2 or 3 tabs/day. I am in constant chronic pain(24/7).

Thank You,

Jane

Answer

A good multi-vitamin will contain 400 IU of Vitamin D. However, you should supplement with an additional 600 IU of Vitamin D for a total of 1000 IU per day. Always take Vitamin D with some fat because it is a "fat absorbed" vitamin (it needs fat to transport it into your system). So, don't eat a just a grapefruit and some juice with the vitamin. Whole milk or cream top yogurt would be just fine to insure that the vitamin D is absorbed.

For more health information, I strongly suggest the book "Healthy Aging" by Andrew Weil, MD. This book is a wealth of information about diet, supplements, exercise and stress reduction. Here's to your health.

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD