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D3 SHOT

Vitamin D3 is absorbed by our bodies naturally through sunlight. Your body gets vitamin D3 when your skin is exposed to the sun. However, there can be deficiency due to malabsorption, insufficient sun exposure, conditions and lifestyles that limit sun exposure, or a healthy avoidance to the risks of excessive exposure to direct sunlight.

This vitamin D3 shot gives you the right amount of vitamin D3 to strengthen your body, while preventing osteoporosis, reducing the risk of coronary disease, and even boosting weight loss. Vitamin D3 also plays an important role by regulating cell growth and cell-to-cell communication, which may help to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.

Individuals who are deficient in vitamin D3 can develop a condition known as osteomalacia, where their bones will begin to soften. People with digestive problems, celiac disease, liver problems or Crohn’s disease are also more likely to have low levels of the vitamin. Maintain the health of your bones and teeth with Vitamin D3 shots.

Benefits:

  • Promotes healthy bones and teeth
  • Boosts energy, mood and weight loss
  • Minimizes risk of coronary disease
  • Strengthens bones and muscles
  • Supports your immune system to fight diseases
  • Reduces the risks of excessive sun exposure
  • Prevents osteoporosis and other chronic diseases

Frequency:

ONLY as prescribed for treating deficiency

Cost:

1@$30, 4@$100, 8@$180

‡ These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

INFORMATION

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D is crucial to the building and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. The recommended form of vitamin D is vitamin D3, known also as cholecalciferol. Calcium, the primary component of bone, is only properly absorbed by your body when vitamin D is present. Vitamin D is created within the body when direct sunlight converts a chemical in your skin into an active form of the vitamin. There are not many foods that contain vitamin D, but you can find it in fortified milk, fortified cereals, and fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel, and sardines. Unfortunately, most people do not get the necessary amount of vitamin D. Therefore, supplementation is needed. Vitamin D3 is the perfect supplement as it is the natural form of vitamin D that your body makes from sunlight.

Roles of vitamin D include:

  • Support of the immune system, brain, and nervous system
  • Regulation of insulin levels, aiding in diabetes management
  • Support of lung function and cardiovascular health
  • Influence the expression of genes involved in cancer development

Causes of Deficiency:

Most people do not get (or produce) sufficient amounts of vitamin D. There are many different factors that affect the amount of vitamin D that your skin produces. These factors include: medications you are on, your age and hormone levels, nutritional deficiency, your diet, other health conditions that may affect production or sunlight absorption, the time of day when you are exposed to sun, the sunlight present in the area’s weather and the season, latitude, your skin pigmentation (melanin is necessary for the production), and how often your lifestyle finds you exposed to sunlight.

Indications:

A confirmed deficiency is required to receive this shot. Your medical provider will prescribe this shot only if it will be beneficial for reversing your deficiency. Vitamin D3 is indicated for those with cancer, dementia, multiple sclerosis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, psoriasis, diabetes, and rickets.

Side Effects:

When taken in appropriate doses, vitamin D is generally considered safe with no side effects. However, it can be harmful when taken in excess amounts.

Some of the side effects experienced when taking too much include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Poor appetite
  • Constipation
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • Kidney damage

Contraindications:

Conditions that are contraindicated for the use of vitamin D3 include:

  • Sarcoidosis
  • High phosphate blood levels
  • High calcium blood levels
  • Excessive vitamin D levels
  • Arteriosclerosis with occlusion of the arteries
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney disease with reduced kidney function
  • Allergy to vitamin D

Interactions:

There are several possible interactions with vitamin D3.
These include:

  • Aluminum
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • Calcipotriene (Dovonex)
  • Cholestyramine (Prevalite)
  • Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates
  • Digoxin
  • Diltiazem (Cardizem, Tiazac)
  • Orlistat (Xenical, Alli)
  • Thiazide diuretics
  • Steroids
  • Stimulant laxatives
  • Verapamil (Verelan, Calan)


Always speak with your doctor when taking any new medication or supplementation. Always bring a list of medications or any other products you are taking with you for your healthcare provider to look over. If you experience any signs of overdose, seek medical attention immediately.