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Vit D deficiency

Hi both my daughter and I have been diagnosed Vit D deficient by private testing and then verification from gp . I would like the know recommendations for Vit D supplement they I can buy for us both .she is only 13 . So best ones for both of us please . Trying to get lots of sunshine at the minute also . Also is thee anything else we need alongside the Vit D . Tia

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Hi AndyPandy30. I am on Vit D3 1000mcg...1 tablet daily. It certainly helps. I buy my own because the ones I was prescribed were blue gel filled capsules and there was something either in the gelatine capsule or the blue colouring which disagreed with me. I just get the cheap ones " Valupak" made by Valupak vitamins Ltd, Leeds UK.

Hopefully this helps. Wish you and your daughter all the best. 🌞 Forgot to say that if you can't get these ones at your local Chemist then go on line and you should find them there. I think my last lot came from Amazon. ☺

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Thank you I actually have been taking the valupak folic acid . My daughters not great at taking tablets at all . Meant to say that so would need something different for her x

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It is recommended to take vitamin D3 with K2 . Google it to find out why . They can be bought together in one really small tablet . Yes I would also consult a pharmacist about your daughter’s dosage first .

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Thank u wedgewood x

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Andypandy , Thank you for thanking me ! No I’m not nuts ! —Just think it’s great that you thank everyone who has tried to help you . It’s really appreciated. Not everyone does this . It’s only 2 words , but it means a lot ! Best wishes !

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Aw I just appreciate all the help I get xxx

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Personally Andypandy30 I would recommend talking to a pharmacist about this especially with regard to a correct dosage for your daughter.

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Is there a reason why Clive as I’m not going near gp as he prescribed her a multivitamin!! but when I checked there was no vitd3 there which is what she is supposed to get I thought . She also is being treated very poorly x

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A Pharmacist has probably got more knowledge about vitamins than doctors.

Sorry to read about your daughter's poor treatment but I'm not a medically trained person.

I hope you find some answers.

Goodnight from me - I'm off to bed now.

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Thanks Clive x

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Hi AndyPandy30. I can't comment on dosage but I use the Better Boost Vit D spray - you can get it from Amazon - which is good if your daughter doesn't like tablets.

Hope all goes well

H

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Thank u x

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D3 is the Vit D you need. Take it with K2. (You can buy vit combi tabs of these two) Measured in IU. To treat a severe deficiency there would be an initial loading regime followed by a maintenance regjme. The upper safe limit is regarded as 4000IU per day for an adult. NICE state maintenance is anything from 800iu to 2000IU per day. That's for adults. Can't remember the exact five for kids but approx half. You can look this info up. If you can't find it shout and will dig it out for you. There are scenarios (certain drugs , malabsorption and obesity) where you might need a higher dose. 2-3 times. But during this weather, if you're out in it, your body should be making quite a bit.

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Thank you x

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Really interesting video on vitamin D3. Apparently, most of us are now deficient and we are not taking enough. Gives advice on safe higher doses.

I'd recommend the book, "Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox - How a Little Known Vitamin Could Save your Life" , by Katie Rheame. The following extract indicates why it is so important to take K2 with higher doses of D3:

"Laura Jones, a global food science analyst at Mintel, says recent research has revealed Vitamin K2 has much broader health benefits than previously thought, and is increasingly being seen as a bone health ingredient.

"Vitamin K1 has a relatively short half-life and is rapidly cleared from the blood and is cleared by the liver within eight hours. In comparison vitamin K2 has a longer half-life of up to 72 hours, meaning it remains biologically active in the body for longer.

"Vitamin K2 is also absorbed better by the body, and is linked to cardiovascular health. It directs calcium to the bones, and prevents it from being deposited where it shouldn't be, for example arteries and organs, where it can cause harm," she says. "

K2 found in high amounts in fish, seafood, cod liver oil, milk and dairy, cooked veg - especially soups, legumes, lentils.

oxfordvitality.co.uk/vitami...

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I felt more benefits from treating my vit d than from even my loading doses of b12 injections. Especially apparent was the absence of any cough/cold over winter which I had been susceptible to for a few years before. But it's yet another essential nutrient my gp is very ill informed about.

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Thank u Portia1974 x

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Thank you so much Polaris x

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I use D3 drops from Nutri Supplements … order online. You would need to check about the dosage for your daughter but they are a supplier of health products and should be able to advise.

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Thank you cocoa x

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Hi andypandy30 sorry to hear you’re deficient in vitamin d, I’m taking desunin 800mg at the moment,recent blood test showed i needed vitamin d and also needed folic acid,I didn’t realise that gp surgery’s are now saying that we now have to purchase any vitamin supplements over the counter and now are not on prescription,i did however have a word with my pharmacist and he gave me vitamin d tablets that he thought were appropriate for me,though I did get my first months supply on prescription as my gp hadn’t stated the dosage I needed and the pharmacist was reluctant to give me any until he knew this,so after a visit to my gp and knowing the right dosage I got what I needed,and I’m now into my first week on vitamin d and folic acid once again,hope this helps and hope things start to balance out for you soon...fenty

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Thank you fenty x

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I buy mine from Troo Health online the vitamin D is a very small tablet. These should be taken with K2 from the same company. When you receive them ask a pharmacist about how much to take for your daughter show them the results first. Is is very important to take the two together at the fattest meal of the day.

Since raising my Vitamin d over the past two years I now feel so much better and no sinus problems which is weird as I have had this for over 60 years. I also take Vitamin C each day.

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Thank you . I will look into vit c also

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You can buy chewable Vit c cheaply from any big supermarket I do, Make sure they taste of orange these are quite nice for children.

The K2 helps calcium to move into the bones and teeth instead of the soft tissue, it is

very important to take it with the D.

When I had my gallbladder removed it was full of calcium stones. Nobody ever told

me about low Vitamin D and K2 until I joined this site.

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Thank you so much x

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Dosing it based on your results.

What was your result and I will work it out for you 😊

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The Gp should be providing loading doses initially if Vitamin D deficiency has been confirmed not advising to buy from the chemist. The GP is being negligent or lazy. The very same thing happening to me and I am now better informed and had to self treat. The Vitamin D you are buying is a tiny tiny dose.

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My understanding is the dose depends on the deficiency level. I was put on HuxD3 40,000iu colecalciferol a week by the hospital, but due to the high dose I had to be monitored for high calcium levels. I would suggest you follow up with your GP for a prescription that’s suitable and have any monitoring for calcium levels that may be needed.

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