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Vitamin D Fortified Milk Brands
Need both: Estimates of vitamin d requirements vary and depend in part upon sun exposure and the standards used to define a state of deficiency. Minimal sun exposure was assumed when the dietary reference intakes for vitamin d were established. The recommended daily allowance for you is 600 international units (iu) of vitamin d per day. It's hard to determine how much of this comes from your sun exposure. ...Read more
Drinking a cup of milk (daily) fortified with vitamin d is it enough to get my body need of calcium and vit d and without exposing my body to rhe sun?
NOT EVEN CLOSE!: A cup of milk has 120 iu of vit. D. While the recommended daily intake (rdi) is 600 iu, most adults actually need 5-8000 iu/ day to achieve optimal levels. The RDI of calcium is 1000 mg and a cup of milk has about 300 mg. In most of the US sun exposure does not help in fall & winter- you need to supplement. See http://tinyurl.com/2chkcer ...Read more
Sun & foods: The flesh of fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources. Small amounts of vitamin d are found in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Some mushrooms provide vitamin d2 in variable amounts. Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals often contain added vitamin d, as do some brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine and other food products. ...Read more
A Lot!: Vitamin d is best produced in the skin with sunlight! when we live in climates such as areas in canada and we can't get adequate sun exposure and we are at risk of vitamin d deficiency. We have supplements, but our milk and juices have also been fortified with vita d. Vita d is necessary for strong bones. Eating fatty fishes such as mackeral, sardines and tuna also help prevent vita d deficiency. ...Read more
Are eggs a good source of vitamin d? Is there a better source of vitamin d other then frosted flakes, milk, & yogurt, etc.?
Best source sun/sups: It is ideal to get vitamins from food but it's virtually impossible to get optimal vit d from foods. In spring & summer being in mid-day sun for 20 min. Without sunscreen gives us enough d.In fall & winter most adults need 5000 units for optimal levels.An egg has 26 iu, so 192 eggs give 5000 iu.A pound of wild salmon has almost 5000 iu.See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=nutrient&dbid=110. ...Read more
Multivitamin has 400 IU of Vitamin D. I also consume, occasionally, fortified milk & cereals. I purchased 1,000 IU D3 & want to know what's the limit.
Vitamin D: You seem to be concerned about your Vitamin D level. First have your serum Vitamin D level checked. Optimal levels for health and wellness are 60-80. A good maintenance dose of Vitamin D3 is 4,000 - 5,000 IU per day. ...Read more
Stop worrying: You can't get hypervitaminosis D from sunlight as there's not enough precursor in your skin and sunlight turns it off -- this self-regulates. There has never been a case of clinical vitamin D toxicity from diet. A couple of labs are labeling high vitamin D levels "toxic"; most of the pathology community thinks this is misguided. Glad you've got some good habits; sunscreen as needed. ...Read more
Cow's Milk: At 1 yo we recommend starting cow's milk. It depends on the patient's weight, but you can start with whole milk and then your pediatrician will tell you according to his weight of another type is needed (skim, 1 or 2%). Most whole milk in the US is fortified with Vit D. Limit the amount to 16oz a day. Too much milk can cause iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more
Several other foods have Vit D. See the attached link for the top 10 foods highest in Vit D.
http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/high-vitamin-D-foods.php ...Read more
How do I know how much vitamin d do you need to help absorb a big glass of milk( calicum) in the body?
400 units of D: Usually 400 mcg of vit d in 8oz glass of milk. ...Read more
If you are low in vitamin d is it possible to get enough through the sun, milk and other diet or are supplements necessary?
Vitamin D is vital: This is not a simple question. The more we learn about vitamin d the more it appears we should all be on supplements. The sun exposure one needs also includes the need for the sun to be at a certain angle in the sky and this physics part of exposure is partly why sun in general is not the key to good vitamin d. We do not absorb vitamin d very well from food. Many adults should not be on milk. ...Read more
I just do not like the smell of milk. So what would be the best source of calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin d other than milk?
Sun light,vegtable : In addition to sunlight, some foods give you small amounts of vitamin d. Oily, cold water fish provide some vitamin d, as do vitamin d fortified foods such as orange juice, cereals, milk, yogurt and some grains. Eggs are also a minor source of vitamin d. Relying solely on food sources and no sun exposure for your vitamin d requirements may leave you deficient in vitamin d. ...Read more
0-4: If you are drinking it for the vitamin d, you would need 5 quarts to get what is the minimum for most adults, that is 2000 units daily. If for calcium, each glass has about 300 mg of calcium so intake would depend on your age and sex. It is best to spread out the calcium source because the ingested calcium lasts only 6-12 hours. At low intakes, the body will take it from bone. ...Read more
8 oz: 8 0z of milk provides 400mug of vitamin d3. You should have your vit d3 level checked to see if you need more vit d which could be obtained thru supplement. ...Read more
How can I give 3 mon old vitamin d tabs.There are no drops available in Germany.Ped & hospitals only give tabs.can I give in milk?with spoon difficul
Keep searching: Surely your baby is not the only VitD deficient infant in Germany :) Consult with your local pharmacist for product availability, talk to the Ped. Consider having a "care package" sent from U.S. or order from a trusted internet source for home delivery. Make sure that You are taking enough VitaminD (I assume you are breast feeding) and don't forget to take advantage of any available sunshine! ...Read more
Yes: The vitamin d used to fortify milk is ergocalciferol, a vitamin d that is like that made by plants but synthetically manufactured. There is no seafood in it. ...Read more
How old should a toddler be before starting regular food and staring the toddler on whole vitamin d milk?
Weaning at 6 m: Table food when he/she has teeth at about 1 year. Cut or chop table food to appropriate size and feed with a spoon. ...Read more
I take 2000iu of vitamin d and drink milk yet my vitamin d was only 28. Normal range is 30-100 according to lab. What would cause the low level?
May need Mg also: Along with my colleagues' suggestions for higher dose of vit d, you may also need more magnesium (mg). Mg is needed to convert vitamin d into its active form. Also all the enzymes metabolizing vit d require mg as a cofactor. Eat lots of vegetables, nuts and seeds; you can also take a mg supplement (malate, citrate, etc) 200-400 mg/day. Doing this may successfully increase your vit d level. ...Read more
11 month old (1yr on march 18th) is it safe to give her vitamin d milk? She is not allergic to any food or dairy...If not, out of curiosity, why?
Many hazards: Most doctors would say milk is fine to give but there is good reason for caution; if milk is not organic it is likely from cows given bovine growth hormone (possible cause of cancer) and fed gmo corn. See http://www.Pcrm.Org/health/diets/vegdiets/health-concerns-about-dairy-products ; http://americannutritionassociation.Org/newsletter/hidden-hazards-milk ; http://bit.Ly/19xax7e ; my comment:. ...Read more
Quantity: Milk is food. It naturally contains some calcium, and it is often supplemented with some vitamin d...Usually enough so that you can utilize the calcium in the milk. The amount of vitamin d in milk is insufficient to keep blood vitamin d at adequate levels, unless you're drinking unhealthy quantities of milk and neglecting other sources of nutrition. You need more vitamin d than is in milk. ...Read more
No: God, nature, or darwin decided that we should create our own vitamin d through sun exposure. Even babies were meant to get it from the sun--even oversupplementation of mother's diet will not significantly add vitamin d to the milk. However, the damage that can be caused by the sun is not recommended either. Instead, keep breastfeeding and give at least 400 iu of vitamin d per day. ...Read more
Yes, for vitamin D: Milk has only 400 iu of vitamin d per quart and most people need 2000-5000 iu per day to get their blood level above 50 ng/ml. So you would have to drink at least 5 quarts of milk to get enough vitamin d. The vitamin d level is enough for an infant but not for an adult. ...Read more
Not the best way: If you're deficient in vitamin d, drinking milk is not the best way to replenish this. In the us, most milk is fortified with about 100 iu of vitamin d3/cup. This is not the active form, either. Given that the usual recommended daily dose of vitamin d is 1000 iu, you would have to drink 10 cups if getting your "d" solely from milk. Better to use a supplement if you need extra "d" by testing. ...Read more