There's something I know you need and probably aren't getting enough of. It's Vitamin D, specifically Vitamin D3 also known as cholecalciferol. Personally, I take at least 5,000IU of it a day unless I've spent some quality time in the sun. I also give it to my kids in appropriate doses.

To learn about why you might want to get more Vitamin D3 in your life, I recommend starting with The Vitamin D Council's site. Their October 2008 newsletter inspired me to post this.

One thing I like about Vitamin D3 is that it's cheap, especially in the summer time when it's free (your skin makes it for you when it is exposed to sunlight)! When it isn't free, I buy it from iHerb.com whom I've used for many years with no complaints. If anyone is interested, feel free to use coupon code PEN753 for $5 off your order for first time customers. Disclaimer: If you use that coupon, I get a referral fee.

In case you were curious (and I was), the cholecalciferol in commercial supplements is probably derived from lanolin.

And here is a link to the specific brand of Vitamin D3 that I use:

While I'm mentioning it, here's the other supplement I take 400 - 500 mg of nightly:

Those magnesium people need to get their act together and form a council so I'd have something to link to. In lieu of that, here's something by Dr. Michael Eades on his favorite supplement.


Anonymous said...

Funny to read vitamin stuff on planetpython.org. Seems that I'm not alone investigating this kind of stuff.

In case you don't know yet, there is much more on http://vitamincfoundation.org/.

Richard Tew said...

I find that often the benefits of supplementation are disputed. D, from what I can tell, is fine to supplement and that it is unlikely you will overdose.

Vitamin C however, that website given in the comment, looks like it has an agenda to push what it sells and has the over-coloured look of a bastion of quackery. That it is a bastion of quackery, I do not know.

There were posts recently on the Calorie Restriction society main discussion list about Vitamin C. This was instigated by discussion about the conflicting studies with regard to Vitamin C and whether it causes cancer or not. An older study says no, and a recent one says yes.

Anyway it ended with Michael Phillips posting this: """
I'd like to offer a little perspective on Vitamin C, from the natural health perspective. First, and most importantly, pure crystalline ascorbic acid is not Vitamin C, it is the preservative of the Vitamin C complex. Albert Szent Gyorgyi, the person credited with discovering Vitamin C, tried to make this point, but it was brushed aside. A friend of his was ill and begged him to send him some pure ascorbic acid. Szent Gyogyi said it would not help but sent it any way. His friend reported the lack of results and Szent Gyorgyi sent him some powdered red peppers, which did cure him. The lesson here is that you need whole food complexes, not isolated fractions.

Although I'm sure Linus Pauling was a good chemist, he lacked a clinical perspective in terms of nutritional advice. He advocated taking large amounts of pure crystalline ascorbic acid, saying the excess was excreted harmlessly in the urine. We now know that when it is excreted, it pulls trace minerals with it and tends to create deficiencies of them.

Ascorbic acid has somewhat of an antihistamine effect so sometimes people will feel better because of that. If excess histamine is a problem, there are better ways to deal with it that do not deplete the body of essential nutrients. I hope this is useful.

This is currently my food for thought with regard to Vitamin C. It is interesting to note that most of the products I buy which state Vitamin C on the back, include ascorbic acid as an ingredient. I think I will stick with red peppers.