Are you absorbing Vitamin D?
December 27, 2014
Did you know that Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin?
This means that fat is required for it to be absorbed through the stomach. But not just any fat, studies have shown that polyunsaturated fat (vegetable oils) inhibit the absorption of vitamin D, while monounsaturated oils, Omega 3 fatty acids and saturated fats enhance absorption.
But with our societies current “fat phobic” craze with everyone avoid eating fats whenever possible, it is safe to say that we absolutely without a doubt NEED fats, for vitamin D absorption. Except vegetable oil.
So, if you are supplementing with vitamin D as you rush off to work with OJ and a piece of toast, your vitamin D absorption will be poor at best, this includes any other of the fat soluble vitamins you are consuming in such as A, E, K and co-enzyme Q10.
Eat fat with your vitamins, preferably as a omega 3 fatty acid or saturated fat to maximize your vitamin benefits.
Your GUT health heavily influences Vitamin D absorption as well.
If you have gut issues, especially ones related to the difficulty digesting and/or absorbing fats, you could also have a really hard time absorbing vitamin D
People with conditions such as celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, IBS and Crohn’s Disease will likely be vitamin D deficient unless they take large amounts of vitamin D or get a lot of sun. Additionally steatorrhea (fat in the stool), partially intestine removal are not going to absorb vitamin D very well requiring supplementation.
Many factors impact Vitamin D absorption
Technically not a factor in vitamin D absorption, magnesium is required for vitamin D to be converted into its ‘active form’ in the blood. So if you are also magnesium deficient then you will likely also be Vitamin D deficient as well.
One vitamin deficiency often cascades in many different symptoms:
Constipation, muscle cramps, insomnia, agitation, and heart palpitations are commonly linked with magnesium deficiency and many times vanish when magnesium and vitamin D are taken TOGETHER.
We always recommend eating real food and only supplement when necessary. Find what works for you.
Here are some you could try from Amazon that we recommend:
Natural Calm Magnesium