Vitamin D3 Needs Magnesium. Here's Why.

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Vitamin D3 and Covid-19,
how to get Vitamin D and how it gets metabolized...

There has been a lot of hype about the relationship between Vitamin D3 and COVID-19.  It would seem that preliminary findings indicate that the myriad of symptoms presented in this novel coronavirus may be lessened in those with adequate levels of Vitamin D.

Before you rush out and supplement with high doses of Vitamin D3, make sure you know what vitamin D needs to make sure you aren't doing more harm than good. Doctors are warning people not to rush out and supplement with high amounts of vitamin D3, and this is sound advice considering the way it will sit in your body if not properly activated. 

If you are supplementing with vitamin D3 it’s imperative you have enough magnesium to activate it.

Why is this so important?  Vitamin D3 - which is actually a hormone - cannot be utilized without sufficient magnesium; it will sit in your fat cells until it has enough magnesium to activate. 

A population-based cross-sectional study found that regular users of magnesium were less likely to have low vitamin D levels, and researchers have found that those with optimal magnesium levels need less vitamin D supplementation to reach optimal levels.

Dr Mohammed Razzaque, co-author of the study that was published in the The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, announced in a statement that, "People are taking Vitamin D supplements but don't realize how it gets metabolized. Without magnesium, Vitamin D is not really useful or safe." 

There are other cofactors to consider to ensure your vitamin D3 supplementation is working for you: Vitamin K2 helps to prevent vitamin D3 overload by promoting the production of K2 dependent proteins, and boron is essential for the proper absorption of vitamin D3. Try a supplement that contains all these cofactors and more for a healthy immune booster. 

Vitamin D3 from the Sun vs Supplementation

Unlike supplementation, any vitamin D you get from the sun is metabolized by the body without these extra cofactors.  Try to sit in the sun for at least a few minutes each day without sunscreen, and make sure not to wash off your skin right away as you’ll wash away the vitamin D your skin just worked hard to produce.  Try the free app called "dminder" for the best times to utilize the sun.

So if you are wondering whether you are getting enough vitamin D3 to help fight off COVID-19, make sure you are also asking yourself whether you are getting enough magnesium.  A general rule of thumb is to take 100mg of magnesium per 1,000iu of vitamin D3.

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