062 // The 3 Key Factors for Choosing a Good Vitamin D Supplement

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With hundreds of vitamin D supplements on the market, how do you know which ones are good vitamin D supplements? Select your next vitamin D supplement with confidence using these 3 simple criteria. In this episode, we’ll address common concerns, including safety, allergens, quality standards, and cost to help you make informed decisions.

I take supplements for two reasons. The first is to activate my own body to do something (like create antioxidants, make more collagen, and reduce oxidative stress.) The second is to fill gaps in my diet/life (vitamin D, minerals, adaptogens, etc.)

In episode 9, I shared why vitamin D is so important. (Summary: The key role vitamin D plays in immune function is regulating and differentiating immune system cells. It’s very important for autoimmune health. Vitamin D has been estimated to regulate somewhere between 200-300 genes.)

Here are the 3 things you can evaluate so that you know you are buying a good vitamin D supplement.

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009 // Vitamin D & Autoimmune Disease

037 // I need more energy! One quick solution for women with hypothyroid or Hashimoto’s.

Products:

LifeVantage D3+

LifeVantage Activators – Nrf2 + Nrf1 Dual Synergizer

USANA Health Sciences Vitamin D

Articles/Studies:

Converting Units (IU) Of Vitamin D To Micrograms (mcg) 1 mcg equals 40 IU

FLCCC Table of how much Vitamin D to take

Vitamin K2 https://askthescientists.com/qa/vitamin-k2/

Vitamin D https://askthescientists.com/qa/vitamind/

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One Key to Your Health: Vitamin D

Welcome to Health with Hashimoto’s. I am truly grateful for your continued support and engagement with my podcast. Your interest and dedication to your health inspire me every day, and I’m here to provide you with valuable insights and guidance on your journey to better health.

In the previous episodes, we explored the root causes of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, laying the foundation for understanding this condition. Now, equipped with this knowledge, you can take action to address these root causes and experience real improvements in your health. Today, we’ll focus on a vital element in your health journey: selecting the right vitamin D supplement.

Unlocking the Power of Vitamin D

As you already know, holistic health means considering every aspect of our well-being, from body and mind to diet and environment. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in autoimmune health, particularly for those with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. In episode nine of this podcast, we delved into the significance of vitamin D in supporting your immune system and managing autoimmune conditions. Vitamin D is a key player, and now we’ll explore how to choose a supplement that ensures you receive its full benefits.

Selecting a Good Supplement: Three Key Factors

Choosing a vitamin D supplement isn’t as simple as grabbing the first bottle you see on the shelf. Here are three essential factors to consider when making this decision:

The Role of Vitamin K2

A good vitamin D supplement should contain vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 ensures that calcium is directed to your bones rather than your soft tissues, a crucial aspect of heart and overall health. Vitamin D and K2 work together to maintain strong bones and prevent calcium from accumulating in your blood vessels, reducing the risk of cardiovascular issues.

The Reputation of the Manufacturer

To guarantee the quality and safety of your supplement, choose a manufacturer that follows Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) or even pharmaceutical-level manufacturing practices. Look for companies with third-party testing, as it provides unbiased verification of the product’s purity and efficacy. Avoid purchasing supplements from unreliable sources, especially online marketplaces like Amazon, where counterfeits and expired products are prevalent.

Watch for Fillers and Allergenic Ingredients

Inspect the ingredient list of your chosen supplement for any unnecessary fillers or allergenic substances, such as wheat. Your goal is to supplement your diet without introducing unwanted elements into your system.

Choosing a Good Vitamin D Supplement

Choosing the right vitamin D supplement is an essential step in your journey toward improved thyroid health and overall well-being. As you navigate the myriad of options, remember to prioritize vitamin D supplements that include vitamin K2, opt for reputable manufacturers with stringent quality control, and avoid unnecessary fillers or allergenic ingredients.

Remember, your unique health needs and budget will influence your supplement choice. Both LifeVantage and USANA Health Sciences offer excellent vitamin D options. The decision ultimately depends on your specific requirements and family budget.

Safety First – Your Labs Matter

Lastly, consult your healthcare provider and maintain regular blood tests if you exceed the recommended upper limit for vitamin D intake. You can order your own labs or go through your provider: How to get the thyroid labs you need using an independent lab

Thank You!

Thank you for joining me on this journey to better health. Your support and feedback are invaluable. Together, we can empower your well-being and reclaim your vitality.

If you haven’t already, be sure to listen to episode nine, where we explore the importance of vitamin D in greater detail. Stay connected with us, and I’ll see you in our next episode on the Health with Hashimoto’s podcast.

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