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Re: NEW to Avonex

Post by NHE » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:52 am

cene wrote:Hi I have just tested my Vitamin D levels and it is 35.6 μg/L. Should be considered also that I'm taking almost one month 10.000 IU Daily

Please if you can give me any suggestion on this?
Are you using vitamin D2 or D3? D3 is better absorbed and D2 can actually lower your D3 levels.
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/undiagnos ... ml#p241709

It might help to take the vitamin D3 with a meal that contains fat as that was found to increase the absorption by 32%.
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/natural-a ... ml#p241213

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Re: NEW to Avonex

Post by cene » Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:00 am

NHE wrote:
cene wrote:Hi I have just tested my Vitamin D levels and it is 35.6 μg/L. Should be considered also that I'm taking almost one month 10.000 IU Daily

Please if you can give me any suggestion on this?
Are you using vitamin D2 or D3? D3 is better absorbed and D2 can actually lower your D3 levels.
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/undiagnos ... ml#p241709

It might help to take the vitamin D3 with a meal that contains fat as that was found to increase the absorption by 32%.
http://www.thisisms.com/forum/natural-a ... ml#p241213
Hi, i'm using D3.

Also got tested for Vitamin B12 and it is 372 pg/ml. Can this be the reason for some of the symptoms i'm having?

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Re: NEW to Avonex

Post by lyndacarol » Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:48 am

cene wrote:I have just tested my Vitamin D levels and it is 35.6 μg/L. Should be considered also that I'm taking almost one month 10.000 IU Daily

Please if you can give me any suggestion on this?
My suggestion is that you see your GP and discuss raising your vitamin D test number to a more optimal level.

Nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) is equivalent to micrograms per liter (µg/L) – http://www.convertunits.com/from/nanogr ... rogram+/+l.

GrassrootsHealth (http://www.GrassrootsHealth.net) recommends that the vitamin D level should be at least 40 ng/mL; your level (35.6 µg/L) is below that minimum.

According to GrassrootsHealth (http://grassrootshealth.net/media/image ... single.pdf), your daily intake (10,000 IU) should raise the serum level to their recommended range for 90% of adults. However, there is wide variability among individuals in their response to any particular dosage.

You may have vitamin D resistance and your body may simply require a larger dosage to achieve and maintain an optimal level of vitamin D in the blood.

Your GP can help you develop a custom plan.

To prepare for discussing your vitamin D situation with your doctor you might read through the Coimbra High-Dose Vitamin D Protocol (http://www.thisisms.com/forum/coimbra-h ... tocol-f57/) subforum here at ThisIsMS.

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Re: NEW to Avonex

Post by NHE » Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:41 pm

cene wrote:Also got tested for Vitamin B12 and it is 372 pg/ml. Can this be the reason for some of the symptoms i'm having?
Vitamin B12 at 372 pg/mL is a little low. If you're experiencing neurological symptoms, then you really want B12 to be around 600 pg/mL. Low B12 can cause many symptoms. Since you've already had a baseline measurement, then you could try some B12. I would recommend a 1000 µg sublingual methylcobalamin tablet. I had a bad experience with Jarrow's B12, but other brands like Superior Source or Kirkland have been fine. It might also be good to know what your red blood cell folate, methylmalonic acid and homocysteine levels are as well. These tests will help show how well your body is utilizing the B12 you do have. If you decide to get the extra blood work done, then be sure to do it before you start supplementing with B12 or the results will be skewed.

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