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How do I know i’m getting enough vitamin d? I only eat fish once a week because of mercury contamination worries, but I do drink vitamin d fortified orange juice. How do I know i’m getting enough?

We . We recommend seeing your health care provider to discuss this question. When you live in the northwest, a routine daily supplement is usually necessary. Coldwater fish that is wild, such as salmon, cod, halibut, and sardines are your best choice for low mercury and high amounts of vitamin d3. You can also take a supplement of vitamin d3 of 2000 iu daily a blood test can be done to measure the amount in your blood and you can discuss this with your health care provider. Read more...

How many glasses of vitamin d milk should I drink per day?

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...
Better get from sun. Fortified cow milk has around 100 units of vitamin d per 8 oz so to get your recommended daily allowance (anywhere from 400-1000 depending on who you ask) requires you to consume a copious amount of milk per day ! that's part of the reason why vitamin d deficiency is so prevalent nowadays as its mostly derived from regular and direct sun exposure. 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?

Vitamin D . A higher dose may be needed. Absorption can be impeded by certain medications. Vitamin d3 is superior. A liquid or chewable formulation can be tried. A little of daily sun exposure may help. Read more...
Insufficient dosage. While many authorities recommend a paltry 600 iu/day, scientists have found most adults need to take about 5000 iu/day to achieve optimal levels (being 50-90).Your experience is confirmation of this!take 5000 iu/day & recheck levels in a few months. See http://www.Vitamindcouncil.Org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/ & http://www.Mercola.Com/article/vitamin-d-resources.Htm. Read more...
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...

Should I be taking calcium and vitamin d supplements if can't drink milk anymore?

Magnesium. Calcium is important but overrated. Do not supplement more than 500 mg a day. It is just as important to take magnesium and other bone building trace elements such as strontium, boron, etc. Everyone living in the northern parts of usa should take extra d3. Milk that is homogenized and non-organic is not good for you anyway. You get more calcium from a cup of broccoli than a cup of milk. Read more...
Yes. That will help you to keep your bones adequately maintained to prevent osteoporosis. Any other additional calcium foods such as cheeses, yogurt will be helpful as well. Read more...

Is there a difference between calcium/vitamin d supplements and drinking milk?

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...