Vitamin D...What brand should I buy?

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   Posted 2/25/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
A lot of people recommends that I take Vitamin D. However, I am stumped in WHAT brand of Vitamin D should I get...I recently went to a store and found like four different kinds of brands and dosages. Then I panicked. What's the BEST Vitamin D for a moderate Crohnie??? -Amy

Diagnosed in 2004, last month emergency blockage but avoided surgery. On Pentasa since 2004. On Fish oil 3x daily.

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   Posted 2/25/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
There is some evidence that a sub-lingual form or an oil form is better than tablets. I buy Carlson's because I trust the brand and it's in the oil form. Most better health food stores carry Carlson's brand, or you can order it online. I buy the 2000 IU capsules and have my son take 2 per day (I do too!). He gets about 1000 IU additionally in his calcium and cod liver oil supplement. Hope this helps!
Mom to 17 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium, vit. D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too. Med-free.

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   Posted 2/25/2010 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
carlson labs is what i use. the only other brands i would consider are garden of life and real food organics. all three of these should be at your local health food store. you can order directly from carlson labs via the web. they are also one of the best for fish/cod liver oil too.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 2/26/2010 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
amy if you have never had your vit d check it might be nice in order to know if you need to be on the rx stuff.
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   Posted 2/26/2010 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I was put on the rx stuff, not because I was severely low, but because the endocrinologist liked that it was more convenient, and considering I take a lot of pills, it's one less to take every day. You just have to take it once a month and your body stores and uses it throughout the month...if only you could do the same with calcium! I hate taking more pills!

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, Coumadin

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   Posted 2/26/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
My vit d levels are really low so GI rx'ed vit d at 50,000 units a week. It is one small green gel pill thingy. My level was a 6 about 5 weeks ago.

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   Posted 2/27/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My Vitamin D level was at 17, so my GI doc had me take 1000 IUs per day. Over time my level was slowly increasing but not enough or fast enough. So my GI doc increased it to 2,000 IUs per day, and my level is now up to 30. (Optimum level per my primary care doc is 40 as it really needs to be at least that in order to help prevent osteoporosis).

Sorry for rambling! I take Nature Made Liquid Softgels 1000 IUs (D3) twice per day.

Note---Since taking Vitamin D3 I've noticed a big difference in how I feel ~ way less overall body aches, less fatigue, and more energy.
54 year old female;
Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for 10 years.   Small bowel resection (my first) on 7-30-09.  Monthly B12 shots.
On Humira since Dec. 2008.  Allergic/hypersensitivity to Pentasa, Entocort, and 6-MP.  

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