February 3, 2010

Vitamin D – Sunshine Vitamin is Hot-Hot -Hot (Part 1)

Vitamin D – Sunshine Vitamin is HotHotHot (part 1)


I have studied the importance of Vitamins and Minerals for years but I never knew how important vitamin D had become.

After recently getting a physical and blood work my very good Doctor and friend Dr. Unger. told me that I was chronically low in vitamin D.


I couldn’t believe it!!! I thought that I was in perfect condition.

Well, I was wrong so I decided to do some research about Vitamin D.


It doesn’t matter if it’s a 15 year old young athlete trying to put on some muscle, a working mom who is trying to shed those last 10 lbs, or a 60 year old grandpa who is looking to improve his health …


And my answer is always the same – let’s first look at your diet before assessing if you should be taking a supplement(s).

Most are overrated, but there are some that have merit for sure.

And one vitamin that continues to dominate the science and media is vitamin D -the “Sunshine Vitamin.”

Not long ago it was thought of as more of a “helper” nutrient – helping the body better utilize its calcium for strong bones.

But the game has changed.



Experts now realize that vitamin D has a positive effect on many different functions in the body:

• muscle strength
• bone health
• potentially reducing the risk of type 1 and 2 diabetes
• obesity
• cancer prevention
• Alzheimer’s
• arthritis
• decreasing falls with elderly
• other inflammatory issues

And more and more research is showing that a good majority of the population is deficient – here are just some prevalence numbers from several studies:

* 74% of premenopausal women
* 60% of elderly
* 50% of pregnant women
* 42% of children are deficient!

The first step is to get your levels tested – ask for your doctor to test 25-hydroxyvitamin D .

The blood values should be between 50-80 ng/mL (or 125-200 nM/L) year-round.


So if it’s so important, where do we get it?

We can make vitamin D from sunlight. But most “shun the sun” – by either rarely venturing outdoors, or slathering themselves with 4000 SPF suntan lotion so it’s like a suit of armor.
I blame my wife for being low on Vitamin D since she never let’s me out in the sun without putting 4000 SPF sunblock on me.

(She is an esthetician so she is always worried about skin and sun damage)
I know she really has my best interest at heart.

And some other foods provide D too, but it’s difficult to get through foods – milk is fortified, canned and wild salmon are good options, sardines, anchovies, egg yolks, liver, and only a few other foods provide decent quantities Vitamin D. Unfortunately most don’t eat or drink many of those options above.

So what should we do?

1. Go to the doctor and have your levels tested.


(If you live in the area I recommend Dr. Unger)

14726 Ramona Ave.Suite 110 Chino, CA 91710 (909)590-8409


He truly is one of the best out there.

2. Include some of those foods above for quality sources of D, along with other nutrients.

the Body Itself Makes Vitamin D when exposed To The Sun

The Body Itself Makes Vitamin D When Exposed to the Sun

3. Get out in the sun a bit – just 10 minutes each day seems to be sufficient.

4. Add a quality vitamin D supplement – experts seem to agree that 1000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 each day is a good start.

Of course talk to your health care provider and follow their specific recommendations.

Heck, even Bailee takes 400 IU’s every single day … and she’s just 7 months old!


So to answer the “what supplement should I take” question – this is one supplement that I feel should be on everyone’s shelf.


For more information on this subject I recommend talking to

Dr. Unger.

14726 Ramona Avenue

Suite 110

Chino, CA 91710


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February 4, 2010

Ali Salamat @ 4:30 am

Hello Doctor Sam,I have over active Thyroid,every 4 months I do Blood work,my Doctor never mention ,the Vitamin D deficiencies,my next appointment is on Feb 29 ,I will ask lab.I will let you know the results. Thank you very much for such important matter .
Ali Salamat,

Dr. Saman @ 6:08 am

You are very welcome Mr. Salamat.

Elaine Maxwell @ 9:05 am

Hey Sam, I knew right away what vitamin you were referring to. Why? Because when I had my physical last year my doctor told me the same thing and prescribed me 1500mg of vitamin D daily. Of course I thought to myself, “why do I need to take this. That’s silly.” I never filled the prescription, but now after reading your awesome blog I see the importance of it and if someone as healthy as you can take it then I guess I can too; however, I can’t blame Johnette for my lack of vitamin D 🙂 You’re the best Sam.

Tamara @ 9:50 am

I would be careful recommending people to take vitamin D suplements without the consent of a doctor. From what I know about D is that it is not water soluable and you can get very sick if you get too much of it. I also thought that the majority of people get plenty in their daily exposure to outside. I am not the expert by any means, but this was just my understanding.

Lil @ 10:10 am

Hi Sam, wow what a surprised to find out that you’re lacking in vitamin D knowing all the supplements you have been taking and advising everyone. Me on the other hand got my result late last year with Vitamin D defficiency too. My doctor prescribed once a week of 50,000 units of Vitamin D for 12 weeks and come back for follow up and check blood level again. I love the sun..I hardly use sunblock and still low. I don’t take any supplements nor pay attention to diet.. After knowing the risk of vitamin D defficiency, I am now more concious of what I eat and pay more attention on nutrients my body will benefits from eating it. I think its a good start don’t you think?

I hope all is well and I do enjoy your news letter coming to my email always.

Your Family is so beautiful. Enjoy your little precious one coz they grow so fast.. So fast….


Dr. Saman @ 1:41 pm


Thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad that you are enjoying my newsletters.


You are absolutely right. I don’t recommend anyone taking mega doses of vitamin D. I think the levels should be checked and monitored by a physician. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and toxicity is absolutely possible.

teresa Parra Craig @ 2:45 pm

Haha, I guest it. I take two a day for the reasons you mentioned.

mina @ 11:49 pm

Thanks for the referral for Dr Unger, I am waiting for my vitamin D results, you right, we should check our blood works now and again. Thanks for all the information.

July 6, 2010

Dale @ 2:49 am

Very important to get your blood work checked and take multi vitamin daily

Ali Salamat @ 8:29 am

Thank for D vitamin,.
Ali Salamat,