In this article, we will discuss why people choose to take supplemental Vitamin D, what it does, and how to choose a Vitamin D product to use.

People often choose to supplement with a Vitamin D product because Vitamin D is known as a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are agents that stop a type of cell damage called “free radical activity.” Although a certain amount of free radical activity is normal and even useful—for example, our own antibodies use free radicals to kill pathogens– too much free radical activity can be a sign of toxic burden or other problem in the cells and it harms them.

 

The Antiviral Benefits of Vitamin D

The benefits from taking Vitamin D are widely recognized. Vitamin D is an “immune modulator.” This means that it make the immune system “smarter.”  People take Vitamin D to strengthen their immune systems.

In regard to vitamin D, “cell culture experiments support the thesis that vitamin D has direct anti-viral effects particularly against enveloped viruses.”  The Covid-19 coronavirus is an enveloped virus. The herpes virus is another enveloped virus.

 

How does Vitamin D help decrease risk of viral infection?

Vitamin D helps the absorption of calcium from our food. This gets the calcium into the blood stream where it can then be carried to support the bones as well as the soft tissues.

We don’t usually think about calcium in relation to the soft tissues. But calcium is very necessary for the health and integrity of all soft tissues. One sign of low tissue calcium includes itching skin (although not all itching skin is because of vitamin D deficiency), and skin thickening.

An increased incidence of herpes and canker sore outbreaks can also be because of low tissue calcium. The canker sore outbreaks can come from the lowered resistance of the tissues from not enough calcium. Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption, thereby supporting the tissues as well as the bones.

 

Vitamin D plays many roles in health and in the immune system

According to WebMed, “ ‘Activated vitamin D is one of the most potent inhibitors of cancer cell growth,’ says Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD, who heads the Vitamin D, Skin, and Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University School of Medicine. ‘….. It regulates your immune system.’ “

There is also evidence that vitamin D has positive immune protective effect on the lung tissue in particular. It is believed that vitamin D does some of the same things that interferon (an antiviral medicine) does.

We recommend that you not take too much vitamin D because doing so will load your tissues with calcium in a way that can lead to kidney stones and other calcific conditions. 4000 IU per day is a safe high dose. We, at The Better Back and Body Shop recommend spreading out the dosing of Vitamin D if possible.

After all, the sun provides vitamin D in a way that is not in one fell swoop. Clinically speaking, Dr. Skefich, D.C. has observed that patients may notice a decrease of heel callouses more quickly when using vitamin D in doses that are spread throughout the day, a sign that the thickened tissues are improving.

“Liqua-D” Vitamin D Drops

 

Apex Energetics Liqua-D

Dr. Skefich recommends Apex Energetics Liqua-D which provides very concentrated drops of D3. Each drop contains 2000 IU of cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). This provides an easy way to take 1-2 drops spread through the day to get sufficient D. You can also take your dose all at once if that matches your lifestyle better.

We also like AD-Pro and ADEK-Pro by Apex Energetics. Each has a full day’s supply of Vitamin D in each pill, and some prefer to take up to three per day to achieve the higher safe doses. By the way, Apex Energetics uses water soluble vitamin A which does not have the risks of toxicity as do some of the more common fat soluble vitamin A on the market.

Lastly, Dr. Skefich and The Better Back and Body Shop offers Cataplex D from Standard Process. Standard Process has been making quality vitamins since the early 1920’s. Cataplex D is also a combo product containing both Vitamins D with some A and a little calcium, too. Take one to three tablets per day.

This bulletin is copyright by Dr. Sylvia Skefich, D.C. in 2020. It is not intended as a means to diagnose or treat any medical condition.