I was vitamin D3 deficient in my 20s and 30s, until I discovered how much a lack of D3 was contributing to depression and back pain. I decided to take 10,000 IU after reading that Dr. Andrew Weil said it's considered safe to take up to 10,000 IU. I can tell you I have a friend who was taking 25,000 to even 50,000 IU per day. She was getting her blood monitored, though, but it really seemed to be helping her. I've never had my blood monitored, and on occasion have taken up to 25,000 IU with ZERO side effects, but that doesn't mean it'd be safe for you also. You should be under a doctor's care. You know the drill.
Are There Any Risks Associated With Too Much Vitamin D?
So what is a Normal Level of Vitamin D, anyway?
It's helpful to know what is considered a "normal" vitamin D range, in a blood test (I didn't know what a normal range was, myself, till I just looked it up):
When a person has cirrhosis they become soooooo vitamin D3 deficient! I just get this feeling that Vitamin D3 is one of those supplements that gets sucked up like a sponge, by a person who has cirrhosis, because their bodies are crying out for more nutrition.
Check out this study of patients with NAFLD (non alcoholic fatty liver disease), which shows... participants in a study, who took 20,000 IU per day (then 20,000 IU per week, for 6 months) were able to bring their Vitamin D3 levels up to 34.7 ng/ml, which is considered an average range!
Please note, I am not an expert on vitamin D3, but like I said, it can attest it worked like a miracle for my own back pain. Please be sure to do your own research, and make sure if you take more than 10,000 IU, you are getting your vitamin D3 levels checked.
And there's this study:
Pinpointing a “healthy” vitamin D level is tricky
But wait, there’s more…
Some perspective on what is, and isn’t, vitamin D deficiency
So who should be screened for vitamin D deficiency?
Note how the article, above, suggests that people who suffer from a malabsorption syndrome may need more vitamin D3. You'd think they would have listed cirrhosis on that list, but... nope. But I cannot think of another disease where a person could have a greater "malabsorption problem" than someone with cirrhosis!!! (Except for, maybe a person who is LITERALLY starving because they have no food available).
There are sooo many reasons why a person doesn't absorb nutrients properly, if they have cirrhosis. Like the blurb below, states: "Mulnutrition, portal hypertension, lack of secretion of bile acids, pancreatic disease and mucosal changes of small intestine have been listed as possible causes for malabsorption in patients with cirrhosis."
I mean.... hello! How could cirrhosis not be classified as a malabsorption syndrome?
Here's what you get, when you google:
"Is cirrhosis a malabsorption syndrome?"
I recently got a weird hunch that it could be good for lowering bilirubin levels, so I googled it, and it appears that it might. The study below is for newborns but I believe this could be just as applicable for adults.
I just sent an email to my husband while he was at work a few days ago, after seeing the reviews for this brand of high-dose vitamin D3 (and other high-dose brands with VERY high average review ratings), and wanted to share it with you. I pasted my email to him, at the bottom of this page.
Many people are scared to take Vitamin D because they worry about taking too much (the medical industry seems to work very hard to warn people not to take too much), and yet, it seems like it's practically a miracle supplement (at least it was for me... seriously, it seemed to take away back pain I'd suffered with for years), and the people who take high quantities seem to get even more health benefits (provided they are monitoring themselves).
Please note, I cannot say for sure what is safe for anyone else and encourage you to do your own research, but I had to share this with you!
You can read a book about the miraculous effects that can be achieved by taking very high doses of Vitamin D, by CLICKING HERE. There is a kindle version of this also, that is not too expensive.
I do believe that it could be true that a person with cirrhosis might not be able to take a very high dose like a normal person, but for all I know maybe it could work incredibly well for them. My husband never took more than 10,000 IU. I just wish there were more studies showing how much is safe for a person with cirrhosis.