The sunshine vitamin D may help alleviate symptoms of autism when taken during pregnancy and when given to children . . .
Nearly all of us are deficient in vitamin D – few if any of us have optimal levels – mainly because the only way to make enough in the body is to be exposed to a lot of direct sunlight (without sunscreen). If there was one vitamin that I would recommend to almost everyone it would be vitamin D3!
In a previous blog on my Integrative Pediatrics site I've gone more in depth on how much vitamin D you should take to reach the optimum level of 50-80 ng/ml. I recommend that everyone should get their vitamin D level checked (blood test) and if deficient begin supplementation.
- Supplementation for adults with a vitamin D deficiency should take 5000 IU of vitamin D3 daily, or 30,000 IU weekly for six to 12 months and then have your level checked again
- If you are pregnant, you should still take 4,000 to 5,000 IU daily
- Newborns should start taking 1000 IU daily as soon as breast feeding is well established (around age two weeks).
- For teenagers and adults, studies have found you can give a onetime loading dose of up to 300,000 IU