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Study: Vitamin D Supplements Most Effective When Taken With The Largest Meal Of The Day

May 12, 2010 by  

Study: Vitamin D supplements most effective when taken with the largest meal of the dayAccording a new study published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, a person’s body receives the greatest benefit from a vitamin D supplement when it is taken with the largest meal of the day.

For the study, a research team from the Cleveland Foundation Bone Clinic recruited 17 patients who were being treated for a vitamin D deficiency, but who were not responding to conventional nutrient supplementation. Participants were then instructed to take their standard vitamin D tablets with their largest meal of the day.

After a median follow-up time of three months, the subjects increased their blood levels of the nutrient by an average of 56 percent.

"This is an important finding for patients being treated for vitamin D deficiency," said senior author Angelo Licata, quoted by Health Day News. "By doing something as simple as changing when you take your vitamin D supplement, you can improve the level in your blood by over 50 percent."

A vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets, low bone mass, osteoporosis and can contribute to heart disease.

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  • Richard Pawley

    Vitamin D-3 can do a lot more than prevent the diseases you mention. Flu is believed to be a Vitamin D-3 deficiency disease (ever hear of anyone getting the flu in the summer?). Some have cured flu with 100,000 to 200,000 units a day BUT ONLY FOR FIVE DAYS as to much can be dangerous. I regularly take 4,000 IU a day during the cold weather months (those with less sun) and during the seasons with sun I try to spend at least 20 to 30 minutes a day around noon or so during my lunch time out in the sun with short sleeves or shorts and no sun screen. I don’t get sunburned which is very harmful because I don’t worship the sun and my all natural vitamins seem to protect me when I have been overexposed to sun – like three hours in a whale watching boat off Cape Cod where I couldn’t get out of the sun. I felt like I had gotten burned but never turned red or peeled. I only use the one or two “safe” sun screens that don’t contain the dangerous ingredients that most do and I didn’t have them with me. By the way I’ll bet that most don’t know that there are studies that show that if you take a hearty shower within 48 hours of obtaining sun produced Vitamin D-3 you will wash it away so if you must shower after getting your natural dose of sunshine, just bath gently with only a vigorous wash under the arms and such like. Seems like a lot of trouble but I’ve only had one shot in the past 40 years and I’ve only had something like the flu (but only for four days) twice in that time. An interesting side note is that once my wife and I both got a case of bronchitis and while she went to the doctor and got a powerful prescription I used Echinacea tea for five days and Dr. Bragg’s Organic Vinegar and we were both well about the same time.

  • Anthony

    Richard -
    Is that a teaspoon of vinegar ? Curious about intake and amount.

    I clicked on the Vitamin D-3 May Sale link on the right and have sent questions in his direction as well.

  • http://x-x-x-x-x Stanley Wright

    Where can I buy Echinacea tea and Bragg´s Organic Vinegar ???


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