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I'm vitamin D deficient. Is there a particularly good supplement I can take?

Asked by DrasticDreamer (23954points) August 29th, 2014

My doctor just prescribed 50,000 units of vitamin D2 to me today (7 pills, one per week) because I’m well below where I should be for vitamin D levels, and then I have to switch to 2,000 units per day.

However, after doing some research, I realized the general consensus among doctors is that D3 is preferred over D2 to actually make a difference in deficient patients, but that D2 is often prescribed because it can simply be really difficult to find D3 in high enough doses that will make a difference in someone as deficient as I am. The drawback, apparently, is that D2 might raise your levels, but only very, very shortly – which defeats the entire purpose of being placed on such a high dose to begin with, and some people even claim that D2 can have some negative health consequences.

So… although I’m going to follow my doctor’s orders, I would like to find a 2,000 unit supplement, but in D3, not D2. Is there anyone here who was really deficient, took D3 supplements and saw a difference in levels after a blood test? If so, what brand did you take?

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