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Date: 25.06.2009
From: Jay

Subject: Vitamin D & Rheutamoid Arthritis

Hi,

I've been hearing contracting information about taking Vitamin D Supplements for people with RA. Some say its very important to take it while others say you shouldn't as it has a negative effects.

What have others heard? Should people with RA be taking Vitamin D supplements or not?

If you are taking it, what are your experiences of taking Vitamin D and having RA? How much are you taking and for how long?

Thanks

Jay
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Date: 25.06.2009
From: Blogger

Subject: Re: Vitamin D & Rheutamoid Arthritis

I think sitting in the sun is great for Vit B plus scrambled egg on toast

Lovely sardine salad for Blondie also
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Date: 25.06.2009
From: J

Subject: Re: Vitamin D & Rheutamoid Arthritis

wow nice and quiet in ere...................lolmao
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Date: 25.06.2009
From: wayno

Subject: Re: Vitamin D & Rheutamoid Arthritis

vitamin d should be maximised by everyone as much as possible.
i can find no bad experiences anywhere to suggest that vitamin d has an adverse effect on any group.
the evidence suggest all peoples in northern latitudes like ourselves are woefully deficient in vitamin d3 and should be out in the sunshine as much as possible.
alternatively you could purchase a uvb sunlamp which will also help you produce the correct amounts of vitamin d3.
you could also suppliment you vitamin d but make sure you choose a pure natural form and be sure to only buy vit d3 as d2 is not as beneficial.
Unlike any other vitamin, vit d is actually a prehormone. it is your bodys only source of a potent steroid hormone called calcitriol.
your skin makes vitamin d when sunlight strikes a precholesterol molecule then your liver converts vit d into the storage form called calcidiol (25-hydroxy vitamin D). The body stores calcidiol in the blood and fat for later use.
we should all get tested for vit d levels but i dont belive the nhs do it for free?
your doctor can measure calcidiol with a blood test to find out if you are vitamin d deficient. ideal calcidiol [25-hydroxy vitamin d] levels are between 35-65 ng/ml [87-162 nm/L], year round)
If you have enough calcidiol in your blood, the calcidiol goes to the kidneys to help maintain blood calcium levels but the real story is in your tissues. tissues all over your body convert calcidiol into calcitriol. Calcitriol is activated vitamin d and is the most potent steroid hormone in the human body. It is active in picogram quantities or 1/1,000,000,000,000 of a gram.
Like all steroid hormones calcitriol works by turning your genes on and off. That is, in hundreds of tissues throughout your body, It signals your genes to make hundreds of enzymes and proteins crucial to maintaining health and fighting disease.
it is also suggested that just 20 mins of sun exposure a day is enough to produce 26,000 iu of vitamin d3.
the safe suggested supplimentation is just 400 iu?
how can this be?
your body knows what it needs so surely a supplimentation dose of 26,000 iu would be more in order?
there are not many studies on the toxicity of vit d but it is thought that its pretty much impossible to overdose although that said we should take everything in moderation and try not to take pills of any sort.
there is a study that suggests 40,000 iu of vit d is the optimum level but i suggest waiting for more advice on this.
vit d is very difficult to get in your diet and its impossible to achieve even low levels with diet.
it is present in oily fish,eggs,and some leafy greens like cabbage.
i eat oily fish and poached eggs with fresh cooked tomatoes and mushrooms every morning without fail and not only is it delicious but there are massive nutritional benefits too,
tomatoes contain licopene which is a great free radical scrounging phyto chemical so eat them toms too guys.
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Date: 25.06.2009
From: wayno

Subject: Re: Vitamin D & Rheutamoid Arthritis

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Date: 26.06.2009
From: val h

Subject: Re: Vitamin D & Rheutamoid Arthritis

hi wayno some people say tomatoes good others say bad, still eat them but was never quite sure. thanks 4 post will eat more. and agree about getting out in the sun aways feel much better after a walk in the fresh air.
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Date: 26.06.2009
From: wayno

Subject: Re: Vitamin D & Rheutamoid Arthritis

toms are a great fruit to eat!
any fruit or veg with colours in it is very very good for you.
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Date: 26.06.2009
From: Jill

Subject: Re: Vitamin D & Rheutamoid Arthritis

hate the pips.... i do love toms, but sometimes they can make me feel sick...dunno y that is ?
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