Vitamin D to reduce RLS

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Vitamin D to reduce RLS

Postby peanut1 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:54 am

Here is an article I read today and it seems like they know what they are talking about:

https://chriskresser.com/4-little-known ... -syndrome/

I take 1 vitamin D daily and thought I would try doubling it and see what happens. Will keep you posted. Also, not expecting much. Interesting article though. I know someone who has MS who was using vitamin D to control it. I know that's not RLS, but......

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Re: Vitamin D to reduce RLS

Postby badnights » Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:48 am

How big is your D pill? I take 4 pills daily, and they're each 1000 IU. If I stop taking them, I can feel worse symptoms within about 3 weeks. If you increase your D, be patient, it might take a few weeks to have an effect. Maybe write down the date you started and check in with yourself 2 and 3 weeks later.
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Re: Vitamin D to reduce RLS

Postby peanut1 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:33 pm

Thanks Beth! I didn't pay attention to the IUs. I will look and let everyone know what happens in a few weeks. I also notice that burdock root is helpful, albiet a temporary fix and when it starts to not work, I quit.

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Re: Vitamin D to reduce RLS

Postby ViewsAskew » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:23 pm

I find that when I have enough sunshine and do not cover some of my body with sunscreen, as when I was in California all fall, I need no supplementation. But, a few years ago, in Chicago, mine was down to single digits. Supplementation both removed the resulting depression and lessned the RLS.
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Re: Vitamin D to reduce RLS

Postby legsbestill » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:17 pm

What time of day do you tend to take the supplement? Does it matter?

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Re: Vitamin D to reduce RLS

Postby peanut1 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:07 pm

For me, it doesn't matter when I take it, but others may have a different experience. I take at least 2000 IU a day and was thinking of increasing it to 4000 IU. Need to do some looking around to see if that's an okay dose.

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Re: Vitamin D to reduce RLS

Postby badnights » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:45 pm

My doc says up to 4000 is fine.
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Re: Vitamin D to reduce RLS

Postby ViewsAskew » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:12 am

A study came out in the last year that higher levels (over the rec level) wasn't better....but I couldn't find it recently when I looked. NO idea if I copied it here. And I do not recall if it was a quality study, either.

Here are some links to recent articles.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 00191.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalz ... cf66112b7f

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/vita ... 6121910893

Ah, science is great once we have enough proof of things. Until then? It is often a mess!
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Re: Vitamin D to reduce RLS

Postby Madmom02 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:49 pm

I've been taking 4000 IUs Vit D3 for almost nine months - no effect on the RLS but I think the depression has improved and I have slightly more energy. Of course, I've also lost 40+ lbs and substantially improved my diet (more veg and fruit, more complex carbs, more fatty fish, almost no "processed" foods or simple carbs).

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Re: Vitamin D to reduce RLS

Postby peanut1 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:46 pm

I just realized that I'm only taking 2000 IU so I'm going to double the dose. Appreciate everyone's feedback on this thread.


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