Partner Nutrients

By Craig Gustafson

Did you know that bringing vitamin D up to optimum levels may actually accentuate a deficiency in one or more essential nutrients?

This situation can be mistakenly described as vitamin D toxicity, when the real cause is a scarcity of a nutrient vitamin D needs to function properly. Research shows that vitamins A and K are important when boosting intake of vitamin D. Vitamin A helps regulate the ability of vitamin D to boost calcium metabolism; sort of like keeping the process from overheating. A vitamin A supplement of 3000 IU per day is recommended by Joseph Pizzorno, ND and editor in chief of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, to complement optimum vitamin D levels.

Vitamin K affects blood clotting and prevents calcium from being deposited in soft tissue and arteries, which can cause real problems. Pizzorno recommends 75 mcg of vitamin K per day. In particular, look for MK7, but do not supplement with MK7 without talking to your doctor if you are taking blood thinners.

Magnesium is required by all of the enzymes that metabolize vitamin D. It also seems that magnesium is best absorbed from food, so a handful of seeds or nuts each day, as well as drinking mineral water (or hard  tap water), and eating green vegetables will help immensely. Magnesium is also present in several vitamin D supplements, so check the label.

A molecule of zinc is present in the interface of vitamin D receptors throughout the body, and boron is involved with vitamin D interaction with cell walls.

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