The body is not thousands of independent systems, but a complex ecosystem having a stunningly impressive interplay of nutrients, bacteria, viruses and your own body’s cells, with every factor influencing every other. This is why modern medicine is little more than scrabbling in the dark for finding health.
This article belowis a good summary you would do well to heed: always take magnesium and Vitamin K2 along with Vitamin D3
by Joseph Mercoloa, 2022-02-21
zI’ve previously written about the importance of taking vitamin K2 when you’re taking high-dose supplemental vitamin D to avoid complications associated with excessive calcification in your arteries. Now, research highlights the vital importance of also taking magnesium in combination with vitamin D.
Magnesium, the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, is a component necessary for the activation of vitamin D, and without sufficient amounts of it, your body cannot properly utilize the vitamin D you’re taking.
This may actually help explain why many need rather high doses of vitamin D to optimize their levels — it could be that they simply have insufficient amounts of magnesium in their system to activate the vitamin D. As noted by coauthor Mohammed Razzaque, professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania:
“People are taking vitamin D supplements but don’t realize how it gets metabolized. Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful. By consuming an optimal amount of magnesium, one may be able to lower the risks of vitamin D deficiency, and reduce the dependency on vitamin D supplements.”
Without Magnesium, Vitamin D Supplements May Be Ineffective
According to this scientific review, as many as 50% of Americans taking vitamin D supplements may not get significant benefit, as the vitamin D simply gets stored in its inactive form. As reported in the press release by the American Osteopathic Association: ...
Higher Magnesium Intake Lowers Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency
Indeed, previous research has indicated that higher magnesium intake helps reduce your risk of vitamin D deficiency — likely by activating more of it. As noted in one 2013 study:
“Magnesium plays an essential role in the synthesis and metabolism of vitamin D and magnesium supplementation substantially reversed the resistance to vitamin D treatment in patients with magnesium-dependent vitamin-D-resistant rickets … High intake of total, dietary or supplemental magnesium was independently associated with significantly reduced risks of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency respectively.
Vitamin D Lowers Mortality Risk of Heart Disease
Vitamin D, a steroid hormone, is vital for the prevention of many diseases, including but not limited to Type 2 diabetes, age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness), Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and well over a dozen different types of cancer (including skin cancer). Vitamin D also exhibits its infection-fighting abilities in the treatment of tuberculosis, pneumonia, colds and flu.
Vitamin D Deficiency Could Increase Your COVID-19 Risk by 12x
Evidence Suggests Higher Vitamin D Levels Are Better
Interestingly, these findings are actually at odds with mounting research showing 40 ng/mL is at the low end of optimal. The new target is 60 to 80 ng/mL, but even a level upward of 100 ng/mL appears safe and beneficial for certain conditions, especially cancer. For example:
The Interplay of Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin K2
When supplementing, also remember to take synergistic effects with other nutrients into account. If you take high-dose vitamin D, you may also need to increase your intake of: Magnesium
These four nutrients — vitamins D and K2, calcium and magnesium — all work in tandem, and rely on sufficient amounts of each to work optimally. Lack of balance between these four nutrients is why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and why some experience symptoms of vitamin D toxicity. Here’s a summary of some of the most important correlations between these nutrients:
• Excessive vitamin D in combination with lack of vitamin K2 may cause overabsorption of calcium, which in turn may result in calcium deposits in your heart and kidneys. Part of the explanation for these adverse side effects is that vitamin K2 keeps calcium in its appropriate place — in your teeth and bones and out of soft tissues and arteries.
• Vascular calcification is also a side effect of low magnesium, so when taking vitamin D3, you need both vitamin K2 and magnesium to make sure everything is working properly.
WIND: as for myself, I give it a high probability that my hard core exercise over the years caused magnesium deficiency over 12 years or so, which would explain the coronary artery calcification in my heart as is common with ultra endurance athletes. I doubt that I got adequate Vitamin K2 either.
The science is really not there to prove most of the claims in the article. But it will likely never be there, because doing that science would be a terrifying risk to the profits of Big Pharma and the medical establishment.
As to COVID and the devastating feckless failuire of the medical establishment to do anything to improve baseline public health—that’s what medical care is these days. It is “come back when you are broken and sick”.