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healthenews 06/11/08

Vitamin D Guidelines, Pills, Liquids

It is estimated that if we as a nation spent $6 billion on getting ourselves to proper levels of vitamin D, we would save ourselves $600 billion and, more importantly, hundreds of thousands of lives. You certainly can't get that rate of return on the stock market.


Dr. James Dowd has a guideline of 25 IUs daily for each pound of weight, 11 IUs for each kilogram of weight. Remember this is only a guideline and may well require adjustment up or down for individual circumstances.

Also know that the only way to know your vitamin D levels is to have your doctor run a blood test. Some doctors are now routinely running that test on patients because they realize its importance.

The best form of vitamin D supplementation is vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol. The other form is now rarely seen.

Though there is some advantage to taking D daily; yet for convenience and to insure compliance, larger quantities can be taken less often. For instance, a woman weighing one hundred pounds might want to average 2500 IUs daily. She could take 5000 IUs every other day or - in unusual circumstances such as extended travel -- 50000 IUs every ten days.

As with all nutritional substances, consulting a healthcare professional about dosage is wise. This goes double for pregnant women and children. However health professionals who stick with government recommendations will vastly underestimate the need for vitamin D as established by scientific research and clinical experience.

There are many, many companies putting out vitamin D products; we have selected a few representative ones with good reputations.

Vitamin D Pills

Bio-Tech Pharmacal

Product Name: Bio-Tech Pharmacal

-Small and large bottles with capsules in 1,000 IU, 5,000 IU, 50,000 IU varieties.

-Pharmaceutical-grade facility using FDA standards "specializing in high quality hypoallergenic products, nutraceuticals, and pharmaceuticals."

-Their vitamin D products are being used in current research studies. Toll free number: (800) 345-1199

Carlson Labs

Products: Solar D Gems 2000 IU and 4,000 IU

-These products contain 115 mg. doses of omega-3 oil.

-Omega-3 oil is believed to help the body make better use of vitamin D.

-2000 and 4000 IU pills reflect the trend toward higher doses.

-Respected, family-owned company in business for over 40 years.

Toll free number: (888) 234-5656


Products: D3ZO and Formula CS

-D3ZO is a high-dose vitamin D product with zinc orotate, a balancing nutrient.

- Formula CS Plus goes beyond the Creighton Study formula which looked at osteoporosis and cancer.

-Company was founded in 1992 "to bring cutting-edge biologics to people with life-threatening diseases."

Toll free number: (888) 433-5266

LifeSpan Nutrition

Product: 30 Minutes of Sunshine

-High dose 5000 IU of vitamin D

-Product also has magnesium, rice bran ferulate, and vitamin B6; the magnesium helps balance the calcium levels in American diets while the ferulate and B6 help the body use D more effectively.

-Company distributes a variety of nutritional products from leading companies as well as ones of their own design such as this vitamin D product and Gall Bladder Support.

Toll Free Number: (800) 247-5731

Now Foods

Products include: Vitamin D-3 1000 IU and 2000 IU, Vitamin D-3 & K-2

-One of the largest supplement companies with broad selection and competitive prices.

-Vitamin D-3 & K-2 product is 1000 IU of D and 45 micrograms of vitamin K2. Vitamin K is increasingly appreciated for its role in bone and circulatory health. Specifically vitamin K2 helps calcium go into your bones instead of clogging up your blood vessels.

-Recently presented with presidential award for contributions to the increase of US exports.

Toll free number: (888) 669-3663

Vitamin D Liquids

Pure Encapsulations

Product: Vitamin D3 Liquid

-Over 800 doses of 1,000 IU per 1 oz. bottle.

-Also have 1,000 IU and 5,000 IU capsules.

-Company was founded to "create the highest quality hypoallergenic supplements."

-Consumers can request these products through their physicians or health care professionals.

-Toll free phone for health professionals only: (800) 753-2277

Biotics Research Corp.

Product Names: Bio-D-Mulsion, Bio-D-Mulsion Forte

-Bio-D-Mulsion is a one fluid ounce bottle with 400 IU per drop.

-Bio-D-Mulsion Forte contains one fluid ounce with 2000 IU per drop.

-750 servings per bottle.

-Emulsion form is believed to help absorption.

-Products are available through health care practitioners.

-Toll free phone for health professionals only: (800) 231-5777

LifeTime/Nutritional Specialties, Inc.

Product: Liquid D3

-Berry-flavored product recommended by itself or in smoothies or protein shakes.

-16 oz. bottle contains 32 servings of one tablespoon size, 1000 IU of D each. For a child weighing 25 pounds, two teaspoons fit Dr. Dowd's guideline.

-Company was founded in 1988.

-They market to retail health food stores and are also available online.

-Toll free customer service: (800) 333-6168

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