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There Is No Such Thing as Vitamin D Toxicity

Understanding Vitamin D, Magnesium, and K2

Taking high doses of vitamin D3 can sometimes lead to symptoms that may initially be mistaken for vitamin D toxicity. However, it's often a case of magnesium or vitamin K2 deficiency.

Magnesium's Importance

Magnesium is essential for many bodily functions, and deficiency is common. If you are taking vitamin D without enough magnesium, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Irritability

  • Insomnia

  • Constipation

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle spasms/cramps

  • Calcium buildup

  • Arrhythmia

The K2 Connection

Vitamin K2 is crucial for preventing excess calcium buildup in soft tissues. Since Vitamin D significantly increases calcium absorption, having sufficient vitamin K2 is important. Some symptoms of vitamin D toxicity may actually be signs of vitamin K depletion.

Cautions and Considerations

While case studies of vitamin D toxicity exist, consider that these often involve subjects lacking sufficient magnesium or K2, or using vitamin D2 instead of D3.

It's best to avoid additional calcium supplements when concerned about vitamin D toxicity, as excess calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia) is a key symptom.

Therapeutic Benefits

Vitamin D offers therapeutic potential for many health conditions. While the Mayo Clinic recommends 600 IU, brief sun exposure provides significantly more. For conditions like autoimmunity, therapeutic doses can be beneficial – as in Dr. Coimbra's protocol involving up to 200,000 IU.

Supplementation Strategy

If taking vitamin D supplements, always ensure you're also getting sufficient magnesium and vitamin K2. Adequate intake of boron, zinc, and vitamin A is also important.

Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor before making significant changes to your vitamin and mineral intake.

Last updated: May 31, 2024 15:47 PM