I've recently learned that the Vitamin D3 supplements I have been taking from Nature's Bounty, contains an ingredient that is basically the most potent form of rat poison found on the market. That ingredient is called cholecalciferol. As many of us know, us chronic Hep B patients should be taking 10,000iu daily of Vitamin D3. I chose to take it in this supplement because I thought it would help. As it turns out, I'm actually afraid I'm suffering from toxicity because of this and maybe even have some early symptoms of hypercalcemia.
What are some of the common known issues of hypercalcemia?
weakness of bones and muscles, bone loss, fatigue, depression, confusion, tinnitus, stupor or coma, polyuria, nephrolithiasis, renal failure, ectopic calcification, conjunctivitis, fever, chills, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea and constipation.
Of these, I am experiencing the following: weakness of bones and muscles, fatigue, depression, brain and heart issues, tinnitus, what feels like bone less & diarrhea
After looking this up, it was linked to this ingredient along with the fact that there may not be enough Vitamin K2 going into your bloodstream to regulate the Vitamin D3 being taken from your bones. I actually have not been taking K2 as much until recently again, and when I did I felt it was a small dose so I strengthend it which seems to make a little difference lately. Most of my weakness was is coming from my upper body, starting with my neck to my shoulders. It's actually made it very difficult for me to drive. However, I do want to note that some days I've taken 20,000iu daily and during the summer, the weakness was going to my legs during hot months (it is winter now for us so it's fairly cool or cold).
I also suspect that my kidney issues, with the recent 2nd cyst that was formed on there, may be caused from this. It now makes sense to me because my calcium was fairly high last test at 10.0 mg/dL and it has been this way for the last couple of tests when I started to feel this way. I have not seen it above 10 since 2015. I have to wonder if this is too much.
Anyway, I have a few questions. Since I know some of us here take Vitamin D3 at 10,000iu these would be good to ask (and I know @stef2011 is on person who has been an expert here in this:
1. Should I stop taking the 10,000iu in this supplement? I used to take one from Puritan's Pride at doses of 5,000iu in morning and 5,000iu at night but have to wonder if I should stop this all now.
2. How much Vitamin K2 should I be taking if I need to continue 10,000iu daily?
3. Is there an alternative supplement that does not contain the ingredient of cholecalciferol in Vitamin D3?
4. What foods are good for the right combo here to get the right amount of vitamin D3 at this level? I happened to notice that whenever I eat salmon, I'm usually better for 2-3 days afterwards so I think this may be one.
Here is my current daily regiment:
Vitamin D3 Supplement (10,000-20,000 iu daily, I usually alternate)
Calcium supplement from Nature's Bounty (1200 mg which includes 1,000iu of Vitamin D3
Fish Oilfrom Nature's Bounty (1000mg and 300mg of Omega3)
Ultra K-2 Complex from Nature's Truth (1600 mcg daily contains K1 and Menaquinone-4 & Menaquinone-7... before this I was recently only on 100-200 mcg daily)
B6 (100mg from Nature Made)
Magnesium from Nature's Bounty (500mg)
I have yet to have my levels of Vitamin D3 monitored and it's been a while for this since I had a severe deficiency but plan to do so at my next appoint. But definitely want to get some opinions here before I moved away from continuing to take this (I may stop for a few days to see if I notice a difference). There is so much I read about this and I can safely say I'm experiencing some of the symptoms related to too much Vitamin D.