Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Packs a punch

This small pill contains 50,000 ius of Vitamin D. I would need to take 200 Citracal pills to get as much Vitamin D as is in that one small green pill. My doctor prescribed this because my Vitamin D levels keep dropping, despite the fact that I take a prenatal and Citracal with Vitamin D every day.

It's hard to get enough Vitamin D, since our main source of it is the sun. Most of us spend all day indoors at a desk, and when we do get outside, we're slathered in sunblock, which blocks Vitamin D. I've been wearing sunblock on my face for 15 years.

Vitamin D deficiency can cause a whole host of issues and has lately been linked to higher incidences of breast cancer. Other side affects can include fatigue and infertility. If you're wondering about your own Vitamin D levels, ask your doctor to order a simple blood test.

This has been your public service announcement for the day.


  1. Oh, my God, I just started taking Vitamin D this week! My mom convinced me to, and I gladly accepted, because in Sweden we get next to zero sunlight this time of year. I'm basically a Vampire until April. We'll see if it works!

  2. Awesome! Thanks for the reminder. I ordered a whole bottle....in January....and it might only have two pills missing.

  3. Wow that is too much I think. I've read an article said that it's not the dosage that matters it's the blood levels. This is the article where I read this things about vitamin d. Just read the explanation there.