Al Sears, MD, CNS, is a board-certified clinical nutritionist practicing in Palm Beach, Florida. I am a subscriber to his “Confidential Cures”, a monthly health news publication. In the August issue of “Confidential Cures”, he has a very interesting article regarding Vitamin D3.
Following are some excerpts from his article:
“A recent study by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska reveals that the typical adult needs between 4,000 and 8,000 international units (IUs) of Vitamin D3 per day to prevent cancer, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes.
“Finally mainstream medicine is starting to catch up with me. . . The therapeutic levels of vitamin D3 in the new study are right in line with the 5,000 to 8,000 IU daily allowance I’ve been recommending to my patients in order to fight debilitating disease.
“And it reinforces the research I shared back in 2006 when scientists discovered that high doses of vitamin D3 prevents 17 types of cancer by a staggering 77%.
“This latest study is published proof that the average person needs at least 10 to 20 times more vitamin D3 than the paltry 400 IU daily allowance that has been recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“If you take a vitamin D supplement, you may think you’re fine. But I’m here to tell you that you probably aren’t… Startling research shows that an overwhelming majority of people are deficient in vitamin D3 without even knowing it. And the results can be deadly.
“Our native ancestors never had to worry about getting enough vitamin D3. They got all they needed from sun exposure, and their native diet. Our ancestors lived outdoors every moment of their lives… and they didn’t use sunscreen. (Thirty minutes of unprotected midday sun will naturally produce roughly 10,000 IUs of vitamin D3.
“Most people now work indoors. And many people avoid he sun completely because an alarmist media and misinformed doctors have scared us to death about the effects of sun exposure, such as skin cancer and premature aging. . . . .
“A healthy human body uses between 3,000 and 5,000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily. But most people aren’t getting anywhere near those replacement amounts – never mind the more elevated levels needed to prevent disease. Some people are deficient because they’ve heard that getting too much vitamin D3 can be ‘dangerous.’ But it’s time to set that unfounded fear aside…
“Research shows that an intake of as much as 40,000 IUs per day does not cause toxicity. I know of doctors who give their patients as much as 50,000 IUs per day when treating extreme cases of cancer, with no trace of toxicity.
“And as the most recent vitamin D3 study confirms, it is required to prevent a number of serious illness. The fact is, if you’re not getting enough vitamin D3, you’re putting yourself at risk.
Rev. Malkmus Comments
Every cell in our body needs vitamin D3 to survive. And when our body doesn’t receive enough, our body doesn’t function as designed.
Vitamin D3 regulates things like immune function, nerve and skeletal development, blood sugar, inflammation, thyroid function, cell growth and tumor development. You also need vitamin D3 to keep your brain sharp.
A few of Dr. Sears’ recommendations are:
- Don’t hesitate to get your blood tested to check your D3 serum levels. Research shows that a therapeutic serum level is between 40 and 60 ng/ml. To obtain that level, I recommend a daily intake of 8,000 IUs of vitamin D3 per day.
- Get some sun. Forget what the fear merchants say about the dangers of sun exposure. As long as you avoid sunburn, getting out in the midday sun unprotected for 10-15 minutes a day is good for you. It will give you between 3,000 and 5,000 of vitamin D3 – and its free.
- Take a supplement. It’s unlikely that you’ll get enough vitamin D3 from your food alone. That’s why I tell my patients to take a soft gel or liquid supplement of vitamin D3
Two Important Things to Remember…
- Always take a magnesium supplement while supplementing with vitamin D3. Magnesium is a mineral involved in over 300 different processes in the body, including the ability to make and use ATP, the body’s main form of energy. Because your magnesium levels can fall when boosting your vitamin D3 intake, make sure to supplement your diet with between 600 and 1,000 mg of magnesium per day.
- You want your vitamin D3 supplement to include vitamin K2, which helps activate and improve absorption of vitamin D3. Vitamin K2 ‘activates’ vitamin D3, so it’s critical you include this nutrient in your regimen. Vitamin K2 is also essential to preventing cancer, promoting brain health, building strong bones and preventing plaque buildup in your arteries. Vitamin K2 directs calcium out of the blood and into the bones.
Rhonda and I have been taking 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily for many years now, and we recently added a magnesium and vitamin K2 supplement, to compliment our 100% plant-based diet which I have been eating for the past 40 years and Rhonda has been eating for the past 23 years.