I’ve been taking the “Sunshine Vitamin” for over a year now. It’s cheap, effective, and you should be including it in your daily supplementation schedule A.S.A.P.
In fact, as you’ll soon see, it’s really more of a hormone than a vitamin.
I’m going to show you some videos today of doctors talking about the beneficial effects of Vitamin D on everything from flu to cancer, and even athletic performance!
The unfortunate fact is that most of you are probably deficient in this vitamin at least during some part of the year.
I’ll talk about dosage at the bottom of the article.
First up, check out Dr. Prendergast talking about the positive effects on flu (including bird flu), asthma, and cancer. At around 3mins 45 secs he says, “16 major cancers would all be diminished by 90% by supplementing with vitamin D.”
Dr. John Cannell here talks about how people on more than 5000 IU (international units) of Vitamin D per day don’t get sick. That’s been my experience so far too. 😀
Here’s a short clip called “The Real Story on Vitamin D”
As you heard from Dr. Cannell above and also from this page on Dr. Mercola’s website, the recommended dosage is about 5000 IU per day.
In Ireland we’ve had about 10 really sunny days this summer 🙁 and the rest of the year ain’t that great, so I take 10,000 IU per day.
You won’t need this supplement at all if you live somewhere where it’s sunny all year round. And if you only get good summers, you won’t need it during those months. However, if you’re summers aren’t great, it may be a good idea to take it year-round.
Don’t buy anything until you read this: You specifically need to buy Vitamin D3 as Cholecalciferol capsules.
This is the brand and strength I take: Healthy Origins Vitamin D3. You get 360 capsules for $27, which is less than 30 bucks for a whole year’s supply!
I searched MyProtein UK and was surprised to see that they stock it too here (is there anything they don’t sell?). They only sell 2500 IU capsules, but it’s a very cheap way to start supplementing and see what you think – £7.99. At their website they also say, “There is also some evidence to suggest Vitamin D levels are associated with the maintenance of power and strength by potentially increasing the size and number of fast twitch fibres.” I don’t know where they got that from to be honest but it’s worth bearing in mind.
For your overall wellness and long term health, I want you to seriously consider getting some Vitamin D in your life, guys. There’s not much point in having large muscles and being ripped to shreds if you end up getting sick.
To health, energy, youthfulness, vitality and all that good stuff! 🙂
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A cheaper alternative is to just sleep under an incandescent light bulb 😀
Not to brag but here in Belgium we had even less sunny days! But seriously, gonna buy me some tomorrow!
Googling on the claim that it would enhance strength always points to this study :
They only talk about people suffering from hypovitaminosis D, but like you said, if you have bad weather all year through, you’re probably deficient anyway.
Is it possible to take too much? I live in a pretty sunny area but might supplement anyways.
Zach – from what I’ve learnt you can take up to about 50,000 IU per day. There is no point in that amount, but it won’t do you harm receiving a good sized daily dose. I take ~5k, but i might increase to 10 as I work indoors.
We don’t get a lot of sunny days in Montana either. Moreso than Ireland, or even Seattle, but nonetheless! I take at least 2,000IU a day during the summer months when we do have a little sun. More the rest of the year. My Dr. says it’s good for my Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis too. Thanks for the reassurance Mark!
If you’re in the US, Costco.com has trunature® Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 5000 IU, 500 softgels, for only $8.99 + $1.87 S&H to US only:
Hmmmm … what about children ? How much can they safely take daily ? Wouldn’t it be nice to get through the winter without a cold ?!?!?!
Thank you for this i will buy some tomorrow
Just checked my multivitamin, only 300IU’s. Will be picking up some vitamin D tomorrow. On a seperate note…. Tried the AAKG/Caffeine combo Mark…. Works as good as the NanoX9. A lot cheaper too. Nano was 1 dollar/serving while AAKG/Caffeine is .44 cents. AWESOME!! Thanks Mark!!
One of the perks of living in a tropical country like the Philippines is that we always get free vitamin D almost all year round. 🙂
I have been taking 1000iu’s with breakfast lunch and dinner.
My lab tests say it measures as 60 in my blood where acceptable range is 30-100.
This is a real eye opener for me! I have always been a big fan of multivitamins especially ones that are as natural as possible (minimal chemical isolates) but I have never really looked much into Vitamin D.
Although I do live in a sunny country, due to the high number of skin cancer cases each year in Australia I do my best to play hide and seek with the sun. So it’s probably worth my while supplementing with Vitamin D and see if I notice a boost in overall health and well-being.
I will let you know how I go 🙂
@Wouter. Thanks. That was an interesting read.
@Brandi. Thanks. Hope you’re enjoying those sunny days. Raining here right now 🙁
@Scott. Dr. Mercola says kids below 5 can take 35 units per pound per day. From 5 to 10, 2500 IU, and 5000 IU from 10 on up.
@Mike. So glad the combo worked out for you! You’ll make a great saving over the next year.
Great info. I will definitely look into D3 supplementation. Thanks!