Normal Vitamin D Levels Will NOT Tell the Whole Picture

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Vitamin D is important but confusing. Find out how to boost vitamin D and much more.

0:00 Introduction: Vitamin D levels explained
1:40 Understanding the vitamin D receptor
6:25 How to boost low vitamin D
8:45 Learn more about vitamin D toxicity!

Today I want to cover what you really need to know about vitamin D.

The RDA for vitamin D is 600 IU for adults under 70 years old. But, the studies that support this amount are outdated.

Vitamin D reaches the cells through vitamin D receptors. Unfortunately, you can’t use blood tests to determine what’s happening in the cells, and various problems can occur with these receptors.

For example, about 30% of the population has a genetic problem with the vitamin D receptor, meaning they have a difficult time getting the vitamin D they need.

Many health conditions are directly related to a problem with the vitamin D receptor, including:
• Autoimmune diseases
• Breast cancer and colon cancer
• Certain cardiovascular diseases
• Certain cognitive diseases
• Diabetes (type 1 and type 2)
• Metabolic syndrome
• High blood pressure
• Tuberculosis and certain infections
• Lyme disease
• Hair loss
• Crohn’s disease
• Respiratory infections
• Asthma and food allergies
• Low back pain
• Vitiligo
• Osteoporosis

How to increase vitamin D:
1. Take more vitamin D
2. Take your vitamin D supplements inconsistently
3. Take magnesium
4. Take zinc
5. Take bile salts
6. Consume omega-3 fatty acids
7. Consume vitamin K2
8. Take resveratrol, curcumin, quercetin, and sulforaphane
9. Consume butyrate (vegetables)

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 57, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you better understand vitamin D. I’ll see you in the next video.

58 responses to “Normal Vitamin D Levels Will NOT Tell the Whole Picture”

  1. What about PMR? I’ve been on Prednisone over 6 years. Started on 20 mg now 2/3 mg. I’ve changed my diet , garden, outside all summer and when I can in the winter. Just started vitamins d-k2 and red algae, and a few others. Other than that I’m very healthy.

  2. I’ve been taking Vinia and VitD3 for a couple months. Vinia has resveratrol and I really think I have been feeling more energy.

  3. Hello Dr Berg, great video. Could you tell me what tests did you do to determine that your receptors or genetics made it so you had receptor site issue for Vitamin D? Thank you

    • Compensate for poor VDR by increasing one or more:
      Increasing Increases
      1) Vitamin D supplement Sun
      Ultraviolet -B Vitamin D in the blood
      and thus in the cells
      2) Magnesium Vitamin D in the blood
      AND in the cells
      3) Omega-3 Vitamin D in the cells
      4) Resveratrol Vitamin D Receptor
      5) Intense exercise Vitamin D Receptor
      6) prescription for VDR activator
      paricalcitol, maxacalcitol? Vitamin D Receptor
      7) Quercetin (flavonoid) Vitamin D Receptor
      8) Zinc is in the VDR Vitamin D Receptor
      9) Boron Vitamin D Receptor ?,
      10) Essential oils e.g. ginger, curcumin Vitamin D Receptor
      11) Progesterone Vitamin D Receptor
      12) Infrequent high concentration Vitamin D
      Increases the concentration gradient Vitamin D Receptor
      13) Sulfroaphane Vitamin D Receptor
      14)Butyrate especially gut Vitamin D Receptor

  4. Boy does it feel like this video was made for me! I’ve been letting my body guide me (along with educational videos and medical recommendations from professionals) on what feels good to take in supplements, such as quercetin, zinc, K2, fish oil, and magnesium. I take 5000 IU’s of vitamin D3 daily, and my blood levels were at exactly 50 ng/ml last I checked. So I assumed I was good. BUT, the more we look, the more we learn about the important details. My autoimmune issues still haunt me, and I’m disabled. So I will look into genetic testing for vitamin D receptors. This is the first possible avenue forward I’ve had in a year that really fits my circumstances. Definitely worth checking out. Thank you, Dr. Berg!

  5. I love Dr Berg! I’m doing keto and IF, I’ve been doing it for about a month. I’m STILL so hungry in the morning, it’s like half my day is just miserable. Added salt to water, tried MCT in coffee, increased fat day before, nothing has worked. 😢

    • Then intermittent fasting may not be for you.
      I literally get hungry every 2 hours, so I eat a little bit every 2 hours but I don’t even try intermittent fasting. I just don’t worry about it. I eat well and exercise several times a week and go outside almost every day if possible.
      Listen to your body.

  6. Been struggling with candida for years. I tried everything possible. Supplementing D3 k2 magnesium along with caprylic acid knocked it out in 3 weeks.

    • @jiha shahid I started with 20,000 iu for the first week and saw immediate results, I took it down to 10,000 after that. I felt like it might have been too much. I was taking a shot olive oil with the vitamin D3 pills as good fat to help it bind.

    • @jiha shahid I’m not sure if basic coconut oil has the right amount of caprylic or not. I took an oil with a high level of caprylic acid. Good question though. Not sure if it was any different.

  7. Thanks Dr. Berg. Could you please give what are the tests to do to find out Vitamin D Receptor issues and any gene issues? Please kindly share

  8. I have been learning so much from Dr Berg. I never knew how important vitamin D is and I have been seeing remarkable difference in immunity since we started taking D3 with K

  9. High fructose corn syrup is one of those vitamin D receptor blockers (Medcram video on vitamin D). You could have normal or even high levels of vitamin D but because of HFC in majority of processed foods the vitamin D isn’t doing what it supposed to do which is boost our immune response to all the bugs out there.

    • HFCs , nasty, all that trash oil’s are in the food now, because of the prices from Covid-19 lockdown….it has become a no situation, food companies just laugh at what they do

  10. Wow, everything single thing you have said is true. I take all the vitamins listed and I DO notice a huge difference.
    I also tried a week of different foods and something in Avocados gave me joint relief as well, I don’t understand the how or why.
    Got the keto book, more raw, and sun when I can, raining now, but usually ‘cloudy’ til 2pm.
    Great video confirmation!❤️

  11. I got my vitamin D level tested to see if I was absorbing it or not. I had been taking your recommended dose (20,000-40,000 IU). The blood work (for vit. D 25 hydroxy) came back as me having a toxic level. Their normal range is between 20 and 80 ng/mL. Mine was greater than 120. I was told to greatly reduce my supplements. Thoughts?

  12. Thanks Dr Berg. I have a question on my mind all the time and that is if I take high doses of vit D regularly, is there any chance of having vit D resistance like insulin resistance so if some major virus bogs me down, I will need to take much higher doses??

    • How can you when you cant make vit D unless your in the sun daily. Its a hormone whech stores in the body. If you don’t make it you don’t store it or can become immune to it alledegly…

  13. Thank you as always Dr Berg this may be part of the puzzle that I’m trying to figure out. Even though I take vitamin D3 with K2, zinc and a number of other things, if my receptors are not capable of doing their job, I need to find out if I have that genetic issue. I’m also going to get tested for the MTHFR gene as a number of conditions of that defect match a number of symptoms I have along with siblings and mother.

  14. Can you please cover the genetic tests you often talk about. Where to do them and which ones are the most useful. Thanks!

  15. Thank you DB for the recent Vit D uploads…I personally am recovering from Vitimin D deficiency…my health turned off like a light switch over 3 months

  16. I haven’t found anyone else that goes into this much depth to help. Not even my own doctors. I’ve had specialists, nutritionalists, many consultation after consultation. Many tests, poked and proded, many different medications and supplements and so on. My heath problems, which I’ve had my whole life, I’ve come to suspect is because of genetic deficiency of vitamin d and reception. I’ve watched dr berg for years and I’m so grateful to be given the information to start to finally be healthy and feel better. Thanks Dr. Berg

  17. Recently I got my vitamins tested through blood samples and I got 11.3 for vitamin D. The doctor thought that I was a vampire 🤣 I’m taking supplements now and taking a little bit of sun everyday!

  18. Another great video! When you touched on all that can happen with vitamin D I was like that is many within the same as insulin resistance/syndrome x. Great information, I’d love to see a video touching on more detail with vitamin D and insulin resistance/syndrome x. 😊

    • ​@Dr. Eric Berg DC Can you do a more in depth video on MS, Parkinson’s and how to improve your symptoms because I’ve been meeting soo many people with these and need more help. Most can’t believe when I tell them about food changes, vitamin D, etc.( they keep thinking if soo easy why hasn’t any dr. told them- I explained why, still don’t believe soo easy) Need your help. Thanks!

      PS: Been taking B1, per your advice since (1/1), Oh! my gosh!!! You know this, but for anyone who is reading this is….Wow!! it works!! I have RSD/CRPS,(along with a severe knee injury) and there are days I’m exhausted and I’m still able to keep going wondering how, then remembered I took B1. Always take it in the morning, unless you want to have energy at night, tried it twice to see what will happen so you don’t have it. 😀😀😀

  19. I recently contracted Covid. I take 5,000 to 10,000 IU usually. When I got sick I went up to 40,000 to 50,000 IU Vitamin D3. Also started taking Vitamin K2 with it. With it I took whole food C, and more zinc. The worst of the headache and shortness of breath lasted about 4 days. I’m doing ok now. Been about 2 weeks. Of course I take electrolyte powder lol. Thank you Dr Berg. I followed your advice first.

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