In the past two decades there has been a crusade by the skin care industrial complex to make you afraid of the sun, not unlike how modern woman are taught to be afraid of heterosexual men. This shaming movement has made us averse to receiving sunlight that is so critical for optimal health.

The problem in your awareness of vitamin D starts with the name: it’s not just a vitamin but a hormone that is synthesized and activated in multiple locations within your body. Science still has not been able to declare a firm verdict on vitamin D’s many effects and functions, meaning you won’t find consistent guidelines of exactly how much of it you need per day, either via supplementation or through the sun. That leaves many of us in the dark about what the consequences are when we don’t get enough.

Here are health claims that European, Canadian, and American governments allow on vitamin D supplement labels:

  • normal function of the immune system
  • normal inflammatory response
  • normal muscle function
  • reduced risk of falling in people over age 60
  • may reduce the risk of osteoporosis

New research has revealed additional benefits on your mind:

Every tissue in the body has vitamin D receptors, including the brain, heart, muscles, and immune system, which means vitamin D is needed at every level for the body to function.

[…]

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a mood disorder featuring depressive symptoms, occurs during the dark times of the year when there is relatively little sunshine, coinciding with the sudden drop in vitamin D levels in the body. Several studies have suggested that the symptoms of SAD may be due to changing levels of vitamin D3 (link is external), which may affect serotonin levels in the brain (link is external).

If you experience the winter blues like I do in Europe where I get not one strong ray of light for months at a time, it’s probably from a deficiency of vitamin D, especially if you’re not drinking over eight cups of milk a day:

Fortified foods provide most of the vitamin D in the American diet. For example, almost all of the U.S. milk supply is voluntarily fortified with 100 IU/cup. (In Canada, milk is fortified by law with 35–40 IU/100 mL, as is margarine at =530 IU/100 g.) In the 1930s, a milk fortification program was implemented in the United States to combat rickets, then a major public health problem. Other dairy products made from milk, such as cheese and ice cream, are generally not fortified. Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals often contain added vitamin D, as do some brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine and other food products.

Here’s an informative lecture at the University Of California that explains vitamin D’s importance and how much sunlight you actually need:

I started supplementing with 2000 IU’s in December of 2014 to combat my low mood and general lethargy. Within four days, my mood improved and I gained more pep in my step. Over two months later my mood continues to be normal (I’m not jumping off the walls but I have the state that I normally experience in summer). I also have not contracted a cold this winter season when the previous winter I was sick more than three times.

Vitamin D deficiency is serious yet few people understand it even exists:

Studies have shown that if you improve your vitamin D status, it reduces risk of colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and a whole host of other deadly cancers by 30 to 50 percent.

[…]

One of Dr. Holick’s studies showed that healthy volunteers taking 2,000 IUs of vitamin D per day for a few months up-regulated 291 different genes that control up to 80 different metabolic processes, from improving DNA repair to having effect on autoxidation (oxidation that occurs in the presence of oxygen and/or UV radiation, which has implications for aging and cancer, for example), boosting your immune system and many other biological processes.

[…]

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble, hormone-like vitamin, which means body fat acts as a “sink” by collecting it. If you’re overweight or obese, you’re therefore likely going to need more vitamin D than a slimmer person — and the same holds true for people with higher body weights due to muscle mass.

I advised my sister to supplement with vitamin D (she’s on 2000 IU’s a day), and she reported a better mood within a week. If you only supplement with one vitamin, I’m convinced that D is the best choice.

I plan on reducing my dosage to 1000 IU’s a day in the summer as an insurance policy while making stronger efforts to get at 15 minutes of direct sunlight per day beyond just my face and forearms. While I’m not too big on taking supplements or drugs to prevent health problems I may suffer from decades into the future, I see the value that vitamin D has by making the everyday quality of my life better, especially during the winter months.

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TJ
TJ
5 years ago

Will have to look into this. Is taking it in pill form the same as sun exposure?

spidaman3
spidaman3
5 years ago
Reply to  TJ

The pills are highly BioAvailable and the kidney has the enzymes to activate them

anon1
anon1
5 years ago
Reply to  spidaman3

Bioavailable?

spidaman3
spidaman3
5 years ago
Reply to  anon1

It’s how much the body can use something it absorbs, like foods, drugs, cosmetics, etc.

Joel W
Joel W
5 years ago
Reply to  TJ

Depends on the quality of the supplement, but none compare to sun exposure

Roosh_V
Roosh_V
5 years ago
Reply to  TJ

No, absorption is not 100% so the sun will always be superior. Plus you can’t “overdose” using the sun assuming you don’t burn yourself.

Vitamin D in pill form is fat soluble so be sure to take it right after eating your most fat-rich meal of the day.

GRock
GRock
5 years ago
Reply to  Roosh_V

A Dr. on Fox news I saw recently recommended 4000 i.u. D3 for adult males every day during winter time.

zaqan
zaqan
5 years ago
Reply to  GRock

Lmao, I take 10000 in winter and 5000 in summer.

healthnut
healthnut
5 years ago
Reply to  zaqan

Might want to read up on the latest study on Vitamin D supplementation to come out of the University of Copenhagen then: High levels of vitamin D is suspected of increasing mortality rates.

bear
bear
5 years ago
Reply to  healthnut

Only if not taken in conjunction with K2

zaqan
zaqan
5 years ago
Reply to  healthnut

Thanks Ill look into it. Ive dropped down to 5000 anyway. I live at 40ºN and dont get much sun. Might be worth getting a blood test or whatever to check my levels. And remember that taking 5000 doesnt mean absorbing it.

Crisrose
Crisrose
5 years ago
Reply to  zaqan

Take with K2. Problem solved.

bear
bear
5 years ago
Reply to  zaqan

If you have been living in the northern hemisphere most of your life your body is so deficient its nearly impossible to overdose on it. Ive been taking 6000 IUs daily with K2 for five months with no ill effect.

zaqan
zaqan
5 years ago
Reply to  bear

I live at 40ºN and dont go out in the open sun that much. I have been taking that much for at least a year, maybe two.

bear
bear
5 years ago
Reply to  zaqan

Has it helped you? Do you dial back the amount during summer? Any negative effects?
I ask because this is my first year ever taking a supplement for D.

Nash
Nash
5 years ago
Reply to  Roosh_V

If I’m not taking the vistamin D with a meal, then will it be sufficiant to take it with just my omega-3 capsules that contain the fish oil?

zaqan
zaqan
5 years ago
Reply to  Nash

Its best with food, like all drugs and vitamins, but something is better than nothing.

Rob
Rob
5 years ago
Reply to  Nash

Fish oil and vitamin D should both be taken with a high fat meal

zaqan
zaqan
5 years ago
Reply to  TJ

I recommend twinlab d dots or a liquid form. look for one without preservatives like benzoate.

The Reactionary Tree
5 years ago

its also good for your testosterone levels as well: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21154195

TRR
TRR
5 years ago

Next supplement that help a lot of men: Zinc.

A lot of zinc deficiencies nowadays, helps boost T

GRock
GRock
5 years ago
Reply to  TRR

Yes, but mind you Zinc dumps all your copper, so too much Zinc, and the timing you take it compared to copper or your copper available stores, should be considered.

mclovin89
mclovin89
5 years ago
Reply to  TRR

nitric oxide or something apperntly helps with boners

Guest
Guest
5 years ago
Reply to  TRR

Fuck yes. Zinc will fight a cold and heal your internal tissues.

If anyone’s a singer, Zinc is the best thing for vocal recovery I’ve ever come across.

Eduardo the Magnificent
Eduardo the Magnificent
5 years ago

Whatever you do, do NOT use sunscreen. EVER. It blocks the ability of your skin to absorb sun rays so a) you’ll never get tan, which will helps prevent sunburn, and b) you won’t be able to produce vitamin D. If you’re very light skinned, start with 10 minutes of mid-day sun and work your way up. Keoni did some articles about this topic long ago.

http://hawaiianlibertarian.blogspot.com/2012/04/key-is-d.html

http://hawaiianlibertarian.blogspot.com/2010/05/red-pill-reality-dispelling-blue-pill.html

http://hawaiianlibertarian.blogspot.com/2011/09/for-you-oh-glittering-sun.html

Bear Hands
Bear Hands
5 years ago

You have to find the right balance of exposure. Too much sun is going to age you prematurely and risks skin cancer. Perhaps follow through with your recommendation for some amount of exposed time before using sunscreen.

Eduardo the Magnificent
Eduardo the Magnificent
5 years ago
Reply to  Bear Hands

Bullshit. Skin cancer hardly existed before sunscreen. Otherwise the American Indian would have never made it past 15 years of age.

Andrew
Andrew
5 years ago

Skin cancer exists today because of higher UV levels than anytime in recorded history. There is indisputable evidence linking UV levels to skin cancer. For short periods, you’re fine. But extended periods, use sunscreen or suffer the consequences.

John L
John L
5 years ago

The lifespan of pre columbian American Indians was 35 years

obot
obot
3 years ago
Reply to  John L

That might have something to do with hunting mammoths and buffalo using spears. They also pretty much lived without shelter and were constantly at war with other tribes.

TyDaMan
TyDaMan
5 years ago

Heard about that.

Johnny
Johnny
5 years ago

Roosh
You and I are close in age- have you noticed how the power elite bastards have put 4x more songsugar in the US milk supply than when we were say 8 years old? It used to be 4-7gs of sugar per serving now 15-17gs. All the extra sugar and toxic preservatives are helping The USSAs fatpocalypse maintain and increase. It’s all such bs in the USSA-Work for the man, try to game 49ers who have bitch shields 3 s as high as they should for their looks/status, hope Zog doesn’t get us all nuked by playing war on virtually every continent, listen to aipac pimped out politicians lame ass two faced rhetoric during electoral cycles and on the “news”. Like I told this guy the other day screw this toxic cess pool titled America.

Guest
Guest
5 years ago
Reply to  Johnny

Sugar will contribute to “mystery illnesses” with no “approved” cure, and not “approved” for the medical school curriculum.

All this means is more suffering for us, and more monies for the ZOG Corporation’s Health Care branch.

And a bunch of ego-driven, dumbshit doctors who will not hesitate to take your money and run you around in circles.

spicynujac
spicynujac
5 years ago
Reply to  Guest

I have done some reading and documentary watching that discussed how the false backlash against normal foods to have things that are “fat free” (fat is not bad for you) resulted in high sugar foods, which are much worse for you. Sugar and processing / refinement are bad. Fat and whole pure foods are not. Don’t eat margarine. Choose butter. Always eat the real foods.

Johnny
Johnny
5 years ago

Roosh btw
I bet if you knew what you knew now at 23 you would’ve just booked a one way flight to Wroclaw.

overtravelling.com
5 years ago
Reply to  Johnny

I’m in Wrocław now, but I don’t understand what’s so great about it

Johnny
Johnny
5 years ago

Go to DC or a town of 250k in the South then we’ll talk. Kharkov is better than where you’re at though🍻

Fatty Basher
Fatty Basher
5 years ago

I notice the pale fatties that attack you on Twitter are vitamin D deficient. Spending all day indoors crying about muhsoggyknees is more important than getting some much needed outdoor sunlight hiking or jogging. Sunlight exposure is for patriarchal shitlords.

zaqan
zaqan
5 years ago
Reply to  Fatty Basher

My ex was a miserable bitch who stayed inside all day and was chronically depressed. Had one window in her room that I think faced north.

nclaughlin .
nclaughlin .
5 years ago

You can choose either Vitamin D or D3. You body will process D into D3. For over the counter pills, if I remember correctly, the largest D’s are 400 IU’s and the largest D3’s are 5000 IU’s. If you want large doses, a single D3 pill is more convenient that multiple regular D’s. I believe there are prescription D3’s that are 50,000, even 100,000 IU’s, some injectible.

Roosh_V
Roosh_V
5 years ago
Reply to  nclaughlin .

I’m doing D3 (3000 iu’s).

Guest
Guest
5 years ago
Reply to  nclaughlin .

Welcome Gramps! Lol

TyskKille
TyskKille
5 years ago

Great advice! I have left Germany for Sweden a couple of years ago, and began to experience extreme lethargy and depressed mood during my third winter there. It took my two more such winters before I found that I was deficient in vitamin D. After taking supplements for just 1 week, I started to feel much stronger in my legs and my energy level came back to normal. It really felt like a little miracle.

Nash
Nash
5 years ago
Reply to  TyskKille

Is it possible that Sweden, being the Saudi Arabia if feminism, could be making you feel ill? Afterall, men are 4th class citizens in that society.

Nash
Nash
5 years ago
Reply to  TyskKille

How many IU’s of D were you taking?

TyskKille
TyskKille
5 years ago
Reply to  Nash

3,200 IU in the beginning, now 2,400 IU (3 x 800).

Nash
Nash
5 years ago
Reply to  TyskKille

Thanks!

GRock
GRock
5 years ago

Outside of mood, the DNA repair part I suspect will prove in future studies to be the greatest value of Vit D supplementation. I read 15 years ago that to fully unlock your genetic code, you must get 20 minutes of direct sunlight on each temple,

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5 years ago
Reply to  Guest

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gizzard of oz
gizzard of oz
5 years ago
Reply to  GRock

The temples they built in adulation of me are located in the shade of a mountain, unfortunately.

Bear Hands
Bear Hands
5 years ago

I can report the same finding about my immune system. I have been on 2000 IUs a day of Vitamin D for about 2 years along with 1000 IUs coming from the multivitamin I take. I have only had one winter illness in this time period. I had a minor cough at a time when my friends and family were catching the flu. Otherwise I have no colds or flu to report.

Ivan Asen II
Ivan Asen II
5 years ago

The best source for vit D are the sardines – skinless and boneless. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it requires fat to be absorbed.

Also make sure you are getting adequate amounts of vitamin K2 and vitamin A in you diets. Sources of vitamin A include organ meats, cod liver oil and full-fat milk and cream from grass-fed cows. Sources of vitamin K2 include fermented foods, hard cheeses and kefir as well as egg yolks and butter from grass-fed cows.

Frequent ejaculation can lead to lead to vit D deficiency. Magnesium and vitamin D are very synergistic, that is, increasing one also increases the other.

zaqan
zaqan
5 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Asen II

Yea K and D complement each other and it can also be a supplement. Did not know about egg yolks. I eat a good deal of eggs – a dozen plus a week.

Poder
Poder
5 years ago

I take teaspoon of cod liver oil per day. It tastes like trash, but it does the job.

bendy
bendy
5 years ago

D3, B-12, zinc, magnesium and iodine are the only things worth supplementing above what a standard multivitamin/mineral and a healthy diet offers, and also in a specific form.
Zinc picolinate, magnesium citrate + bisglycinate, B12-methylcobalamin + adenosylcobalamin.
An Honorable mention goes to high dosing vitamin B6, especially for those of us taking magnesium, zinc and/or eating a lot of food/protein(usually for bodybuilding purposes).

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
5 years ago

Been taking vitamin-D for a few years now.
Without it I lose all my momentum through the winter.
My Mediterranean genes are just not meant to be stretched through months of darkness.
The vitamin-D doesn’t get me “high” but it certainly keeps me from becoming depressed.
Totally agree with Roosh.

Guest
Guest
5 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

You can get paid for taking vitamin-D, you know

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
5 years ago
Reply to  Guest

What? Can I also get 6 pack abs by following these 3 easy steps?

jbird669
jbird669
5 years ago

I take Vitamin D3 daily. It helps with illnesses in the winter in addition to all of the other benefits.

cookipuss
cookipuss
5 years ago

If the sun is so vital, how do you explain the Scottish?

zaqan
zaqan
5 years ago
Reply to  cookipuss

pale skin was developed as an adaption to less sun exposure

Mantis
Mantis
5 years ago
Reply to  cookipuss

The traditional Scottish diet was very rich in vitamin D. They tended to eat far more fish than their English neighbours to the South, and their rivers were so rich in salmon that poor hired labourers would refuse a job if their employers would be feeding them salmon more than twice a week. Or so they say. ; )

And not only fish, but broths, offal and milk from grass-fed sheep and cattle.

The modern Scottish diet is pretty much one of the worst in the world, though!

Stone Hardplace
Stone Hardplace
5 years ago
Reply to  cookipuss

I am Scottish and I get reverse SAD
sun makes me unhappy,
winter is wonderful 🙂

MrBiIIGoode .
MrBiIIGoode .
5 years ago

This is even more important for African Americans who live in higher latitudes such as in Europe, because darker skinned populations being adapted to intense sunlight in equatorial tropical regions have an even harder time synthesizing vitamin D in latitudes more distant from the sun. Some researchers have claimed that this could be one of the reasons backs are more prone to many types of cancer. Their darker melanated skin inhibits the UV rays like a sunscreen. This is exactly why people in Europe evolved lighter skin. Just one more example of why accepting racial differences is important.

Guest
Guest
5 years ago
Reply to  MrBiIIGoode .

Cincy Reds manager Dusty Baker got slammed in the media a few years back for making the innocuous observation that blacks were less comfortable in colder weather than whites.

Accepting racial differences is important for many reasons, one of those being that it can be a tool to use against the media’s war against Common Sense.

Rude Man
Rude Man
5 years ago

I’ve been supplementing with Vitamin D for a long time and take 5000 IU most days during the winter. This is one vitamin this is possible to overdose on, so don’t go taking crazy amounts of it. It is fat soluble and is stored in the liver. It actually has more benefits the higher your blood level concentration is, so if you want to get the most out of it, it may be worth getting your vit D blood levels tested after you’ve been supplementing a while.

CommonSense
CommonSense
5 years ago
Reply to  Rude Man

In order to overdose on Vitamin D you’d have to take hundreds of thousands of IU per day and even then it’s not a sure thing. Noone taking capsules is going to overdose unless they are swalling an entire bottle per day, but then given the cost of Vitamin D they’d have to be the stupidest rich person alive.

G-Rack
G-Rack
5 years ago

“If you only supplement with one vitamin, I’m convinced that D is the best choice.” lol whut?

James Pelosi
James Pelosi
5 years ago

As a general rule, 1,000 iu of vitamin D3 per 25 lbs. of body weight. Been doing it for years and feel great.

Guest
Guest
5 years ago
Reply to  James Pelosi

I’ve heard enemas can make you feel great as well. Say hi to Nancy for me. Lolz

TyKo Steamboat
TyKo Steamboat
5 years ago

Finally….A nice topic photo…

gizzard of oz
gizzard of oz
5 years ago
Reply to  TyKo Steamboat

A fine set of turd cutters indeed.

redcanuck
redcanuck
5 years ago

I use to get the flu two or three times per year and each time would last 1-2 weeks with severe symptoms. Last year while researching ways to boost my immune system I came across articles discussing how Vitamin D transforms inactive immune T cells into Killer T cells which is what your body needs to destroy bacteria and viruses. Low Vit D levels can result in insufficient Killer T cells to effectively ward off illness. I started taking high daily doses of Vit D (6000 IU) for several months then dropped down to 4000 IU. After one year I have not once been sick.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100307215534.htm

zaqan
zaqan
5 years ago
Reply to  redcanuck

its amazing how much health is related to food and water, eh?

zaqan
zaqan
5 years ago

Its also helpful to take about 100mcg of vitamin K per day as well. It complements D and is difficult to get naturally.

Ive been taking 2000+ daily for over a year and for most of that, Ive been taking 5000 and up to 10000 IU in winter. I have not really been chronically sad since I started and I am definitely one of the most pleasant (albeit assholish) people at work. Ive never been bummed without a real good reason.

Its good for mood, for bones, for immune system. And it is also the main vitamin supplement I take. B complex probably wouldnt be a bad idea either. And in winter, I take some extra C every day or other day and the only cold Ive had has been pretty mild and went quick.

TestDriver
TestDriver
5 years ago

For all the fear of being deficient in things, doesn’t a high quality multi-vitamin take care of these things, or is it better to take singles of every thing you believe is valuable?