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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

VITAMIN D'S CO-FACTORS

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.

Gary:

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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