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Do Not Take Vitamin D (Unless…)

Hi, Dr. Matthew Roberson, M.D., here, with exciting news about a breakthrough I consider the #1 most important supplement you can take. In fact, if you want to live long and feel alive with a capital “A” each day, where your body and mind are both primed for peak productivity so you can achieve what you want to achieve and truly enjoy your life…

There’s likely no supplement more essential than this fast, easy, and safe new formula made with research-backed ingredients that gets my top recommendation to my own patients and you’ll want to start using, too. However, it’s important you know how and why this unique formula works so fast and well and can make a monumental difference in your quality of life now and for years to come…And to understand that, you first briefly need to know the 2 big problems working against you.

The first is that low vitamin D may be the most urgent issue of our time. In fact, studies show that 70% of Americans and 86% of Europeans have unhealthy levels of vitamin D. That’s a monumental concern, because vitamin D controls the expression of over 200 genes in the body…And nearly every tissue in the body has a vitamin D receptor, including the immune system, skin, thyroid, stomach, colon, pancreas, and more.

Therefore, what unhealthy vitamin D levels means is suboptimal results in your body for:

  • Mood issues
  • Circulation
  • Skin issues
  • Cognitive health
  • Suboptimal immune function
  • Bone health
  • Muscle strength
  • And more

And unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to get the vitamin D your body needs from food. Fatty fish, liver, and eggs contain some, and mushrooms provide a bit, too. However, you’d have to eat a rather impossible amount of these foods to get the vitamin D you need. For example, many experts recommend you get at least 2000 IU of vitamin D daily, but one whole egg has only 41 IU of vitamin D and a cup of typical store-bought mushrooms has less than 10 IU.

So, then, what exactly is nature’s top source of vitamin D? The sun! That’s right, sunlight on your skin is literally a form of nutrition that’s meant to provide all of the vitamin D your body needs. Unfortunately, people spend an average of over 90% of their time indoors, so they’re not getting nearly the amount of sun needed for proper vitamin D. And when they are outside, they don’t expose enough skin to sunlight to get the amount of sun rays they need.

Making the problem worse is that:

  • Many people use sunscreen. It’s a Catch-22, because sunscreen is important for various reasons, but it also can prevent you from absorbing the sun’s rays that lead to your body producing vitamin D.
  • The older you are, the less your body produces vitamin D from the sun. For example, a 70-year-old can make 4 times less vitamin D than a 20-year-old.
  • Those who are overweight or obese need even more vitamin D because body fat tissue may “sequester” the vitamin, meaning less is available to the body in the blood stream.
  • If you live at latitude 37 degrees north (or south) of the equator or more – meaning over half the U.S. -- it’s hard to get much vitamin D, except in the summer, even if you do go outside.

Now, what’s the other big problem you need to know? So many of the vitamin D “solutions” out there are ineffective to downright risky!

In my experience, here are the 6 top issues to beware of most when it comes to vitamin D supplements:

  1. So many use low-grade forms of vitamin D, including vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). Meanwhile, multiple studies have shown that vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is substantially more effective – 3 times more, in fact – than vitamin D2 when it comes to raising the body’s levels of vitamin D.
  2. Even if they do contain the superior vitamin D3, so many provide only 200 to 800 IU of it, which are woefully inadequate amounts. The “sweet spot” amount of vitamin D many experts are now recommending is at least 2000 IU per day, so you want to look for 50 mcg (2000 IU) of D3 on labels.
  3. Many do not provide you the essential “partner” ingredient to vitamin D, which is vitamin K2 -- essential to helping it fulfill many of its functions. If you take vitamin D without the right type of vitamin K2 (specifically, the MK-4 and MK-7 forms), you may be wiping away many benefits, and could even be putting yourself at risk!
  4. Many vitamin D supplements come in liquid form where you have to use a dropper to take it. Avoid these because they are highly unstable. Every time you open the bottle, you essentially open the door for a serious decrease in its vitamin D content.
  5. Low bioavailability is another significant issue with many vitamin D supplements. This means the vitamin is not actually getting fully absorbed so it can be utilized to your body’s benefit. Look for those supplements that use “phospholipids,” which encapsulate the vitamin D, protect them from the environment (like degradation from light and oxidation), and mimic naturally occurring digestion processes to improve absorption.
  6. One final issue with many vitamin D supplements is their manufacturers do no 3rd-party testing to ensure potency and purity. This can seriously decrease benefits and potentially put your health at risk, because it could mean the product contains contaminants such as lead, mercury, and more.

To living long and living well,

Dr. Matthew Roberson, M.D.

BioTRUST Medical Advisor