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Offline Warren Dew

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Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« on: July 03, 2010, 11:12:12 PM »
Since I don't get nearly as much sunlight as a cave man would have, I decided to try a regular supplement.  Since I didn't want to have to take a pill every day, I got some 5000 IU pills - the largest I could find at my grocer - planning to take one a week or so.

Anyway, I noticed a few weird effects in the couple days after taking the pill.

I got a bunch of twinges that lasted a few minutes each in various parts of my body.  I get these occasionally, but not so many so frequently.  I don't mind them, but I kind of wonder what they indicate is going on.

I also got temporary arthritis like symptoms in my end thumb joints, similar to what I get when I have a lot of nightshades.  This one does bother me.  I did not eat any nightshades.

Anyone else ever noticed anything like this?  Any thoughts on what's going on?

For what it's worth, I've been getting 30-120 minutes of sun on face and hands, and sometimes forearms, every other day or so.

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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010, 11:42:06 PM »
 I sometimes get a twinges feeling using fish oil capsules.  The twinges in my chest and sometimes I think I'm having the start of a heart attack. But, I noticed it was only after taking fish oil.  Maybe it's the oil the vitamin D is in.
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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2010, 07:33:48 AM »
Have you checked the ingredients of your tablets? Could be something from there playing you up, it's surprising what's used to make things. My old Vitamin D tablets had more chemicals in its ingredients than Vitamin D :-\

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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2010, 07:38:10 PM »
The capsules have soybean oil, gelatin, vegetable glycerin, and purified water.  The capsules are pretty small, so I doubt those are the issues.

I got some 1000 IU capsules and am using them on days I don't get sun.  There was some itching with the first one, which I interpret as getting rid of precancerous cells that might have built up over several days of no sun.  There were no arthritis symptoms.  I'm happy with that.

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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2010, 12:11:17 AM »
The vitamin D side effects include high blood calcium levels, or hypercalcemia. Some diseases that can cause this Hyperthyroidism,Granulomatous diseases such as sarcoidosis, granulomatous TB, oat cell carcinoma of the lung, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. People who suffer from these diseases is to consult a physician before starting vitamin D supplement program. In fact, regular blood tests of vitamin D are the best way to handle all the vitamin D and the need to complete.


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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2010, 09:45:44 AM »
I got 2200iu vitamin D3. My second day today and have noticed a few dizzy spells

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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2010, 10:52:33 AM »
The vitamin D side effects include high blood calcium levels, or hypercalcemia. Some diseases that can cause this Hyperthyroidism,Granulomatous diseases such as sarcoidosis, granulomatous TB, oat cell carcinoma of the lung, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. People who suffer from these diseases is to consult a physician before starting vitamin D supplement program. In fact, regular blood tests of vitamin D are the best way to handle all the vitamin D and the need to complete.

You should consult a physician with all supplements, diets, etc.  It is true that if you suffer from the above diseases you should not supplement with vitamin D, but there is ample evidence to suggest all Americans are deficient and need supplementation.    the question is how much, and there is where the controversy is.  I'd suggest going to the sticky note here and Robb Wolf or Loren Cordain's websites for references.

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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2010, 05:22:23 PM »
Do you guys know what D3 supplements are made out of? Just today I read it is chemically-separated irradiated sheep wool wax or some crazy shite.

I started 4000IU D3 a few weeks ago and I just decided to stop today.

#1) Like I said... wool wax? I'd rather be sun-starved.

#2) I was getting some of the mentioned side effects. Very thirsty and frequent urination. My hands are getting really dry, too. They always dry out in the winter but lately they seem drier than usual. Hard to really say.

Mostly, it's #1.

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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2010, 05:31:19 PM »
An alternative and less processed form of vitamin D is cod liver oil, but it's possible to overdose on it.  I've been having a tablespoon per day of that instead of 1000 IU D3 for the last week or so.  I can't tell much difference in terms of the effects on me; both have been holding off the weird bone aches this winter, but those may take months to surface.

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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2010, 12:38:47 PM »
I would not worry about side effect of vitamin D, but I would worry about it deficiency in my body.

see what doc have to say about it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PYsXQ16Ztg


I take often 3000U or more especially during winter time and when I'm cold. Never had any problems.

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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2011, 06:37:28 AM »
Since I don't get nearly as much sunlight as a cave man would have, I decided to try a regular supplement.  Since I didn't want to have to take a pill every day, I got some 5000 IU pills - the largest I could find at my grocer - planning to take one a week or so.

Anyway, I noticed a few weird effects in the couple days after taking the pill.

I got a bunch of twinges that lasted a few minutes each in various parts of my body.  I get these occasionally, but not so many so frequently.  I don't mind them, but I kind of wonder what they indicate is going on.

I also got temporary arthritis like symptoms in my end thumb joints, similar to what I get when I have a lot of nightshades.  This one does bother me.  I did not eat any nightshades.

Anyone else ever noticed anything like this?  Any thoughts on what's going on?

For what it's worth, I've been getting 30-120 minutes of sun on face and hands, and sometimes forearms, every other day or so.

It is unlikely that Vitamin D is causing your symptoms, especially since you had them before you began taking it. My wife and I both take aound 6500 IU a day and I had my D levels checked about 6 months ago - they were optimal. If you are curious, have your Vitamin D3 levels checked (simple blood test). The reading should be somewhere between 50 and 100 (I forget the exact terminology but you can google it).

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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2011, 01:56:02 PM »
I felt very tired when I first started taking a D3 supplement and when I researched, I found that to process vitamin D you use up magnesium. So, if you are low in magnesium and you supplement vitamin D, you might end up even lower in magnesium. Might be worth looking into?

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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2011, 02:01:37 PM »
I felt very tired when I first started taking a D3 supplement and when I researched, I found that to process vitamin D you use up magnesium. So, if you are low in magnesium and you supplement vitamin D, you might end up even lower in magnesium. Might be worth looking into?

I take magnesium as well.
No matter what your diet is, the need to supplement exists. Food cannot provide all that we need for optimal health.

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Re: Vitamin D supplement - side effects?
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2011, 12:58:45 PM »
An alternative and less processed form of vitamin D is cod liver oil, but it's possible to overdose on it.  I've been having a tablespoon per day of that instead of 1000 IU D3 for the last week or so.  I can't tell much difference in terms of the effects on me; both have been holding off the weird bone aches this winter, but those may take months to surface.

CLO is D2, if that's a concern for anyone. Most folks supplement with D3...

This is why I dislike supplementation...I don't like worrying about hammering one mineral/vitamin to the detriment of another. I do like the idea of mimicking ancestral experience so I will supplement with D3 very infrequently, only during sunless days in the summer, and allow my levels to taper through the winter. It seems natural...

I have been taking a fermented CLO/Butter Oil blend, though, because I can't always choke down organ meats and getting K2 from raw dairy is a hassle in my region, and the consistent source of A/E/K2 has done great things for my skin. It feels more like a food substitute and less like a supplement.