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Wednesday, September 01, 2010


Vitamin D has co-factors that the body needs in order to utilize vitamin D properly. They are:

  • magnesium 
  • zinc 
  • vitamin K2 
  • boron 
  • a tiny amount of vitamin A 
Magnesium is the most important of these co-factors. In fact, it is common for rising vitamin D levels to exacerbate an underlying magnesium deficiency. If one is having problems supplementing with vitamin D, a magnesium deficiency could be the reason why.

For more about vitamin D's cofactors, please go here.


I would add fat and protein to this list of nutrients. These may not have been included because these are presumably assumed to be present; but this is often not the case, given the heavy emphasis on high carbohydrate, low fat diets for health (Yeah - right!).


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Carol said...

Thanks for the tip Gary. Do you have specifics of what type of fat or protein rich food that we can eat? Thanks again.

Gary Moller said...

The main points are these:
- frequent small doses of fat and protein rather than lumping the lot into just one or two meals.

- Have a wide variety of fats and proteins from fish, animal, eggs, dairy and vegetable (nuts, beans, peas etc). Include a mix of the hard fats (butter, coconut oil for eg) and soft oils (flax, olive etc)

- Avoid all processed fats, and proteins including margarines and preserved meats that have nitrates and other preservatives in them.

I hope this helps.