Vitamin D Best Taken With Largest Meal of Day

Blood levels increased more than 50% after timing change, researchers say..  Your body may make better use of a vitamin D supplement if you take it with your largest meal, new research suggests.  Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic examined 17 patients with vitamin D deficiency who weren’t getting better under treatment. Over a period of two to three months, the patients were told to take vitamin D supplements with the biggest meal they ate each day.  This boosted the level of vitamin D in their blood by an average of 56 percent, the researchers said.

“This is an important finding for patients being treated for vitamin D deficiency,” study senior author Dr. Angelo Licata said in a news release from the Cleveland Clinic. “By doing something as simple as changing when you take your vitamin D supplement, you can improve the level in your blood by over 50 percent.”

The study was recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

SOURCE: Cleveland Clinic, news release, May 5, 2010

Good tip from the Cleveland Clinic. The best source of Vitamin D3, of course, is the sun. But, don’t overdo it. Make sure your calcium levels are up also, especially if you are prone to fever blisters from too much sunning. This is usually a sign of a calcium deficiency. Skin cancers are linked to a calcium deficiency also, rather than too much sun. Vitamin D3 is actually an anti-carcinogen, but it’s effects may be mitgated by a lack of calcium. Make sure if you are taking a Vitamin D supplement, that it is Vitamin D3 and not Vitamin D2 (which is used to fortify milk). The body does not use them the same way. We hope this has been a helpful hint.

Your partners in health,

Drs Dennis, Fern and Terri

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