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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30454

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Ok, so all this while I have been taking a Vitamin D3 supplement pill and looks like it just wasn't being absorbed by my system. So I told my Doc to do a test and my Vitamin D levels are really low (25). I have switched to a liquid version (as of 2 weeks ago), and hoping it works quickly. Anyone on Vitamin D? I have noticed that being on 10,000 IU daily is causing light muscle twitches for me. I have heard there is a vitamin D and Magnesium connection but not sure, any one have ideas on this?

I am also trying to switch to Almond Milk because I heard it's healthier any thoughts?
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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30461

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I've been struggling with low D for years. It started at 18. I was on 50,000 IU's a week for 14 months, and it finally got the level to 60. That was about a year ago. I stopped taking it once a week and went to once a month, and just found out today that it was back to 36. I'm back to the once a week again. I didn't have any side effects that I was aware of. I don't think I'd know one if it bit me in the butt though because I have too many other meds with side effects.

I don't know how magnesium affects D, but I usually take 1,000 mg's of magnesium every other day. I find that it does help muscles relax somewhat.

I have switched to almond milk too. My research has shown that it is better than regular milk too.

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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30465

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Thanks Sandi. Do you take the Magnesium for something else or you just take a lot of vitamins?
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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30466

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Hi MD gal,

Long time no chat. :) Re: vit. D, yes the liquid is better and more absorbable for most people. I've been taking 10,000 a day for 5yrs and it's very good for you. Although there's lots of scuttle about having too much (which *can* happen), it isn't likely. Lack of magnesium can definitely cause cramping but is not typically related to vit. D. Most people are lower in mag. then they should be (somewhat like D). It would be good if you could find a multi mineral supplement that has them OR a cal/mag supplement that uses the citrate forms of both. To cover my bases I tend to like NOW brand multi mineral (it might be called broad spectrum multi mineral. Too lazy to go look. :P ) If you've never heard of Lucky Vitamin online, check them out. CHEAP! I have researched the NOW brand and it is often the brand that other more expensive manufacturers of vitamins use and just relabel. So the quality is decent but they are not expensive.

Of all of the milk alternatives on the market, coconut milk is by far your best bet. Followed by Hemp Milk. The reason for this is the other milks are mostly carbs which are not great for anyone. Carbs=weight gain (quick glucose conversion). Coconut milk contains great healthy fats as well as medium chain fatty acids which are very good for nerve function throughout the body. It is actually possible your cramping is from the almond milk because there is almost no fat in it. Our bodies need fat. Good fats. And coconut milk is a great form to get it in. So you might try switching to that instead. It works well in all cooking and leaves no coconut taste if you use the regular stuff (no flavors). I think the So Delicious brand plain is in a red carton and I'm not 100% sure on the Silk brand b/c I don't buy it. I actually taste a difference between those two brands but some people do not. Hemp milk is high in protein but I've not tasted it. Either of those two will provide good quality protein or fat and keep you feeling full much longer then any of the carb milks.

Hope you are well.

patti

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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30470

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Can't get into the coconut milk. Too bland and watery.

MD - yes, I do take a lot of vitamins because I tend to have low vitamin/mineral levels all the time.

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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30471

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We definitely have to shake it, otherwise the coconut tends to settle at the bottom and it gets watery. You might try Hemp milk and see if you like it also.

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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30489

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Hi Alice

Thanks for the info. Have you ever heard of chelated Magnesium? I am trying to figure out if that is better than just Magnesium Citrate
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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30490

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Chelated magnesium and calcium is a step up from the citrates. It is a bit more difficult to find the two of them together but it can be done. Ultimately, you'd be looking for a 2:1 ratio of cals to mags. 1000mg chelated calcium to 500mg chelated magnesium (or citrate). Either way, they should always be a 2:1 ratio.

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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30590

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Are the saturated fats a problem with coconut milk? I bought some because I am trying to gain weight (something happened to my body after my knee replacement--I do NOT recommend knee replacements as a way to lose weight!). I notice that all the fats in the coconut milk are saturated.

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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30591

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That saturated fat in coconut milk is VERY good for you. Fat is not bad for a person. On the contrary, carbs are. If you're trying to gain weight, carbs are the way to gain. Fat and protein and keep your weight down.

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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30688

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I don't think Almond Milk or any nuts are any food for ITP. Especially the fact that a lot of people could have subtle allergies to them, like me when I found out unexpectedly last week.


@Sandi - How'd you check your Vitamin D levels? My doctor thought it was foreign to ask that to him.

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Vitamin D, Almond Milk and More 9 years 9 months ago #30695

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I just ask to have it tested about every six months. Low D and Lupus are pretty common, so I don't have a problem getting that test. Even people without Lupus can have low D; it's pretty common these days due to use of sunscreen. I'd ask another doctor because that's a pretty important thing to let go. That doctor is a bit odd, I'd say. If it was your hemo, maybe he just doesn't deal with Vitamin levels, only CBC results.

As far as allergies, people could have allergies to dairy products, or gluten sensitivities, or fructose intolerances, or reactions to soy, etc. and never even know it. I wouldn't say that all people with ITP should avoid nuts; they are actually good for people without nut allergies. I've been eating nuts every day for weeks since I went gluten-free. It's one snack I can have that I like. Almonds, macadamia nuts and pistachios are my favorites.

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