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Microblog: You May Be Deficient in Vitamin D Because Your Body Needs Magnesium

Microblog: You May Be Deficient in Vitamin D Because Your Body Needs Magnesium

If you consider taking a vitamin D supplement, consider taking Magnesium. Studies show that magnesium activates and aids in the metabolism of vitamin D.⠀

❓What does this mean?⠀

❗️Without magnesium, vitamin D may not get absorbed. Magnesium is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body, after sodium, calcium and potassium. Magnesium activates enzymes, including the enzymes that play a role in vitamin D metabolism.⠀

📚One study showed that people with high levels of magnesium had less likelihood of having lower vitamin D levels. People that get sufficient magnesium may require less levels of vitamin D supplementation.⠀

❗️Other studies have shown that individuals with higher magnesium levels also had higher bone mineral density. Essentially low levels of magnesium levels make vitamin D ineffective.⠀

‼️Well, up to 50% of the U.S. population is magnesium deficient.⠀

⚠️But magnesium also needs nutrients to be best absorbed. I hope by now you know that just supplementing a deficient nutrient in the body isn’t getting to the root cause. Our bodies like to be in homeostasis.⠀

⁉️When a nutrient is deficient, what possible harm to homeostasis are we causing by trying to fix only that specific deficiency?⠀

☠️Research has shown that feeding high doses of more than one vitamin simultaneously can show toxicity dependent on reactions between the different nutrients. This is why I never recommend a multivitamin.⠀

💡TIP: If you do choose to take vitamin D supplements, make sure you are taking supplements that have added fat (vitamin D drops are preferred) and incorporate all fat-soluble vitamins. Ensure the supplement is with a fat, as without a fat carrier, vitamins A, D, E and K will not be absorbed by the body.⠀

🍳Cod liver (Vitamins A and D), grassfed butter, liver, egg yolks, cheese and animals’ fats are all good naturally balanced options of the fat-soluble vitamins that support bone health. (Vitamins A, D, E and K).⠀

📚**Excerpt from the Carnivore Cure. In the book, I weigh the pros/cons of supplementing vitamin D. If you do, always use magnesium.

Nutrition with Judy

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