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Recommended by Dr. Sherry Rogers From Dr. Rogers' March 2014 Total Wellness Newsletter

How Much Vitamin D is Safe?

"Q: My doctor says my level of vitamin D at 50 is approaching too high. He says I shouldn't take any more than 400 IU per day. How should I respond?

A: It has been clearly shown that it's safe to take 10,000 IU of vitamin D a day. To quote from the paper, "Vitamin D toxicity is not a realistic concern with daily doses of 4,000IU/d and…available evidence would support safety doses up to 10,000 IU per day" (Hanley).

Only physicians who also have not read a paper in the last decade are still clinging to the 400 IU that we all learned 40 years ago. This level is only for preventing rickets, a disease we rarely see anymore. Much higher levels of vitamin D are needed for prevention and healing diseases such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, osteoporosis, depression, recurrent infections, dental problems, etc. And in fact a blood level of 80 nmol/L or more has been known to be optimal for over a decade, while a level of less than 50 is considered insufficient. I find by assaying levels that most folks need 10,000 of Vitamin D3 a day, which is easily obtained in one capsule a day (Carlson)."

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