Everything you should know about Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body’s fatty tissue. Other names for vitamin D are:
Some foods with vitamin D
- Fatty fish, such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel are among the best sources.
- Beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks have small amounts.
- Mushrooms have some.
- The vitamin D in some mushrooms found in stores is boosted by exposing them to ultraviolet light.
- Most milk in the United States has added vitamin D.
- Foods made from milk, such as cheese and ice cream, are often not fortified.
- Many breakfast cereals and some brands of soy drinks, orange juice, yogurt, and margarine have vitamin D.
- Check the food label.
Vitamin D supplements
It can be hard to get the needed amount of vitamin D from food sources alone. So, some people may need to take a vitamin D supplement. The vitamin D in supplements and added to foods is often D3 (cholecalciferol).
Your doctor needs to check labs before you start taking supplements. They need to recheck a vitamin D 25 Hydroxy lab within one to two months. The lab level should be around 40 for bone healing.
Side effects of vitamin D
Too much vitamin D can make the intestines absorb too much calcium. This may cause high levels of calcium in the blood.
High level of calcium in the blood can lead to
- Calcium deposits in soft tissues, such as the heart and lungs
- Confusion and disorientation
- Harm to the kidneys
- Kidney stones
- Nausea (feeling like you need to vomit), vomiting (throwing up), constipation (not able to have a bowel movement), poor appetite (not wanting to eat), weakness, and weight loss
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