Is It Safe to Take 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3? Dr. Berg Explains

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0:00 Introduction: How much vitamin D do you need?
1:00 Vitamin D and vitamin K2
1:41 Important functions of vitamin K2
2:10 International units
3:30 Barriers to vitamin D absorption
4:25 The best test for vitamin D
5:12 Vitamin D and your immune system
7:13 Vitamin D toxicity
9:18 Learn more about vitamin D by following the link above

Today, we’re going to take a look at vitamin D. Every cell and tissue in your body has receptors for vitamin D. However, there is still no medical consensus on what vitamin D deficiency is.

Many people are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency can negatively affect your immune function and can cause inflammatory conditions like arthritis, autoimmune disease, depression, and high blood pressure.

Vitamin D toxicity is very rare. Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity mirror the symptoms of vitamin K2 deficiency. This poses the question—do you have too much vitamin D or just not enough vitamin K2?

Vitamin K2 is intricately involved with the transportation of calcium, while vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium from your gut into your blood. Vitamin K2 keeps calcium out of your soft tissues and strengthens your bones.

A lot of the confusion surrounding the RDA of vitamin D has to do with its measurement—international units. An international unit is an arbitrary number agreed on by some committee, and the amount varies from vitamin to vitamin. For example, one international unit of vitamin E is not the same as one international unit of vitamin A.

Several factors affect the absorption of vitamin D:
•Skin color
•Age
•Weight
•Insulin resistance
•Stress level
•Genetics
•Geographical location
•Season
•Gut health
•Liver health
•Gallbladder health or removal

Vitamin D is intimately involved in the immune system and plays a crucial role in the function of Helper T cells. Helper T cells prevent our immune systems from harming our own tissues. If you have issues with your Helper T cells, you could potentially develop an autoimmune disease.

Adequate intake of vitamin K2, magnesium, and zinc helps keep vitamin D active and prevent vitamin D toxicity. Plenty of water is also very important.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this increases your awareness about vitamin D dosage and toxicity. I’ll see you in the next video.

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  1. @dimaknopf on December 25, 2023 at 11:05 am

    Got my blood work done at the VA some years back and noticed my triglycerides were high and HDL were low and the only thing my doctor commented on was my high Vitamin D levels. That’s when I knew the medical system does not care. HDL was 32 Ng/dl

    • @Tamar-sz8ox on December 25, 2023 at 12:10 pm

      How did you sort out cholesterol issue ?

    • @dimaknopf on December 25, 2023 at 12:20 pm

      @@Tamar-sz8ox started taking niacin, egcg, and bile salts. I should add that taking long hot showers seems to help as well but I’m now really sure why it works, maybe something to do with vasodilation.

    • @Tamar-sz8ox on December 25, 2023 at 2:15 pm

      @@dimaknopf thanks , the bile salts make sense helping the liver along / cleanse it . I don’t know anything about niacin and egcg, but will look into it and I appreciate you sharing

    • @ceceprincess4758 on December 26, 2023 at 12:44 am

      They dont give a crap about us.

    • @v205 on December 31, 2023 at 6:53 am

      @@ceceprincess4758 they do care that we keep paying them

  2. @C.N.1 on December 25, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Thank you so much for everything you do for us, Dr. Berg. Since early November, I have successfully gained about 6 pounds of muscle, and I can still comfortably do at least 40 straight pull-ups. No drugs, no alcohol, just natural nutrition, O.M.A.D., I.F. and your Healthy Keto! Again, thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and your family! ❤

    • @nancymusialik4769 on December 25, 2023 at 11:45 am

      This has been a year of health improvements since supplementing keto with your products,books and films. Thank you and Happy Holidays.

    • @abrakadabra2954 on December 27, 2023 at 8:06 am

      Wow ,this is amazing, can you share details of your journey please….

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on January 1, 2024 at 5:51 pm

      @@abrakadabra2954If he doesn’t answer, some of Dr Berg’s videos /articles on weight resistance exercises, on recovery, etc. may be of interest.

  3. @fidelcatsro6948 on December 25, 2023 at 11:14 am

    Shared from Dr Berg notes:

    Today, we’re going to take a look at vitamin D. Every cell and tissue in your body has receptors for vitamin D. However, there is still no medical consensus on what vitamin D deficiency is.

    Many people are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency can negatively affect your immune function and can cause inflammatory conditions like arthritis, autoimmune disease, depression, and high blood pressure.

    Vitamin D toxicity is very rare. Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity mirror the symptoms of vitamin K2 deficiency. This poses the question—do you have too much vitamin D or just not enough vitamin K2?

    Vitamin K2 is intricately involved with the transportation of calcium, while vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium from your gut into your blood. Vitamin K2 keeps calcium out of your soft tissues and strengthens your bones.

    A lot of the confusion surrounding the RDA of vitamin D has to do with its measurement—international units. An international unit is an arbitrary number agreed on by some committee, and the amount varies from vitamin to vitamin. For example, one international unit of vitamin E is not the same as one international unit of vitamin A.

    Several factors affect the absorption of vitamin D:
    •Skin color
    •Age
    •Weight
    •Insulin resistance
    •Stress level
    •Genetics
    •Geographical location
    •Season
    •Gut health
    •Liver health
    •Gallbladder health or removal

    Vitamin D is intimately involved in the immune system and plays a crucial role in the function of Helper T cells. Helper T cells prevent our immune systems from harming our own tissues. If you have issues with your Helper T cells, you could potentially develop an autoimmune disease.

    Adequate intake of vitamin K2, magnesium, and zinc helps keep vitamin D active and prevent vitamin D toxicity. Plenty of water is also very important.

    Thank you Dr Berg!😺👍

    • @fahimahossain7482 on December 25, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you.

    • @shoebanaqvi3353 on December 25, 2023 at 2:24 pm

      You are taking v good notes, paying attention. ❤

    • @aijazahmad9384 on December 25, 2023 at 2:42 pm

      Right

    • @Avengedsevenfoldrocks on December 25, 2023 at 3:05 pm

      ❤meows 🐈‍⬛😺

    • @marathonintech7243 on December 25, 2023 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks brother, If we correct the levels of vit D, do the helper t cells correct the functioning and t helper cells stop attacking the cells

  4. @cherylhalfhill2490 on December 25, 2023 at 11:20 am

    I’m glad you clarified how much vitamin D is safe. I’m not taking nearly enough and the bottle says each tablet is 500 IU. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    • @imaginova88 on December 25, 2023 at 12:07 pm

      Yep 500iu not much at all, that’s a small child dosage.

    • @lindi792 on December 25, 2023 at 1:21 pm

      I give my 9 month old between 400 and 800 ius daily.

    • @sgray4995 on December 25, 2023 at 1:36 pm

      5000 I U

    • @deanhawk7260 on December 25, 2023 at 7:31 pm

      I take 10,000 iu’s. No issues and very good health. I buy the D3 with K2.

    • @kimberlyd4082 on December 25, 2023 at 8:00 pm

      ​@@deanhawk7260Is there a recommended ratio of D3 to K2, or is K2 a set amount? I buy a combined D/K, but it’s not enough D, so thought I’d just take more plain D as the combo is expensive. But, wondered if I was throwing out the ratio by doing this.

  5. @gego3602 on December 25, 2023 at 11:57 am

    I have taken 20.000 iu daily for 3+ years and have no problems. I also take k2, zinc and magnesium so the risk for toxicity is about zero.

    • @prince2klive on December 25, 2023 at 12:04 pm

      can you tell me which k2 medicine you take, I also need.

    • @jeff-sq4fe on December 25, 2023 at 12:42 pm

      mee to0

    • @verbalasswhooping on December 25, 2023 at 1:02 pm

      ​@@prince2kliveDr Berg sells a great Vitamin D and K2 pill and liquid form. Been using it for a long time now… great stuff! Try it…

    • @RedLineHealth510 on December 25, 2023 at 1:03 pm

      @@prince2kliveWhole Foods has a vitamin d3 + k2 that’s is laced with MCT OR EVO.

    • @kymberlybade1480 on December 25, 2023 at 1:12 pm

      And how is your health, friend?

  6. @rochstan123 on December 25, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    I have been taking 12,000 to 16,000 d3 and k2 for years with no problems. This has helped improve my autoimmune condition which is continuing to improve.

    • @mehreenejaz3959 on December 25, 2023 at 4:45 pm

      R u taking daily?

    • @sialee5926 on December 25, 2023 at 5:31 pm

      I take D3 & K2, but was told not to take more than 2000 IU/daily

      Confused!

    • @Ottee2 on December 25, 2023 at 8:57 pm

      @@sialee5926, I guess the question is, who told you to do that? A friend? A doctor? The cashier at Walmart? Find your own level of consumption. I experiment with my Vitamin D/K levels. I’m currently taking 6000 IU/daily, but I’m getting colds, etc.. Also there is the lack of sunshine in the winter months. So I’m increasing to 10,000 IU’s immediately. Hope this helps.

    • @rochstan123 on December 25, 2023 at 9:04 pm

      @@sialee5926 You’ll be surprised what you start to learn about your health and what you’re prepared to do when the doctors tell you there’s nothing they can do and send you on your way.

    • @sialee5926 on December 25, 2023 at 10:28 pm

      @@Ottee2 og! I was told by the experts on here, not to take more than 2 a day, of the D3&K2 supplement.

  7. @TheAbhijeetMaity on December 25, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    Started taking 10k IUs of Vit D3 (cholecalciferol) along with 55 mcg of Vit K2 (mk7) daily. Feeling great. Thanks to Dr. Berg.

    • @KalvinPatel on December 25, 2023 at 1:50 pm

      I have a question for yall: is it okay to stack dr bergs multivitamin, trace minerals, and Vitamin D/k2? Thats 4 pills a day. Are there other separate ones to take as well?

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on January 1, 2024 at 4:13 pm

      @@KalvinPatelyes. Just add his omega 3 & electrolytes at least.

  8. @jannieschluter9670 on December 25, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    My bones were getting so weak I felt like I could fracture them with the slightest pressure. Started taking D3 and K2 in super high concentrations. Insanely rapidly my bones recovered. Blind obedience to rhese ordinary doctors will kill you sooner or later.

    • @sialee5926 on December 25, 2023 at 5:35 pm

      Which one do you take?

    • @di4085 on December 25, 2023 at 9:23 pm

      Yes and blind obedience to the system is killing their patients. Education is key to take control of your health.

    • @asmaubaid7565 on December 26, 2023 at 3:47 am

      What should be the ideal blood level of vitamin d3

    • @sufiblade on December 26, 2023 at 5:11 am

      We will die anyway, sooner or later 🙂 But, now that you’ve recovered, wouldn’t it make sense to cut down now? The negative effects of overdose show up 5-10yrs later if I’m not mistaken

    • @jannieschluter9670 on December 26, 2023 at 7:15 am

      @@sufiblade i stopped taking once i felt healthy again. Common sense is something i take on daily basis, too.

  9. @zdcbali4372 on December 25, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    I’m taking for 10 years daily 10,000 D3. Sometimes because of inflammation I took 30,000 to 10,000 with K2 as Dr Berg recommended and inflammation is almost down CAC score is 1.44 I’ll take it 😊👍❤

    • @mandlas.4305 on December 25, 2023 at 3:07 pm

      You need to add a high dose of both Vitamin K2 & Magnesium or you would end up with excess calcium that would be deposited into your arteries.

    • @zdcbali4372 on December 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

      @@mandlas.4305 I do. Dr Berg is the man!

    • @rosskstar on December 25, 2023 at 4:05 pm

      I took 200mcg of K2 daily for months and several tori grew on my palate, still there – it will force calcium into your bones alright.
      Balance is the key…

    • @AnalogFlava on December 25, 2023 at 11:15 pm

      @@mandlas.4305do you know what to do if you have issues after too much vit D and calcium issues because i didnt take K2 and magnesium simultaniously ?

    • @mandlas.4305 on December 25, 2023 at 11:46 pm

      @@AnalogFlava usually vthe calcium that supposed to be deposited into your bones when you take vitamin D+k & magnesium gets into your arteries. This process doesn’t happen overnight. In your case, you probably need to immediately start on adding those supplements with vitamin K2 @ 300 mcg. I’m not a doctor and don’t know how clear your arteries are at this point. Get a test done on that.

  10. @anitakelly4270 on December 25, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you Dr Berg, I have been following and watching your videos for at least 4 years 😊and you have helped me with so many issues since my car accident!! Including low vitamin D 😊
    Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 May the Lord bless you and your family ❤️

  11. @charliesierra6919 on December 25, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    Merry Christmas and thanks for all you do Dr. Berg! Always tons of useful info here!

  12. @thisorthat7626 on December 25, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    When I started taking 10,000 IU of vitamin D3, even with my fair skin, I was able to stay out in the sun for hours instead of burning within 20 minutes! I wish I had known this decades ago and saved myself a lot of sunburn over the years.

    • @di4085 on December 25, 2023 at 9:35 pm

      That’s interesting. I don’t use suntan lotion unless I go to the beach and I’m fair skinned. However the beginning of Summer until I get a base tan I do burn a little. I think suntan lotions first of all keep you from getting the natural vitamin D from the sun and also I think they are more of the culprit in skin cancer than exposure to the Sun.

    • @user-ij1ts9fe2o on December 27, 2023 at 4:39 am

      @@di4085 I’m doing strict carnivore for health issues…and one of the benefits is I don’t sunburn even w/o wearing sun protection.

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on January 1, 2024 at 4:05 pm

      @@di4085I don’t get sunburn if I get enough omega 3 through my foods. Mostly cod livers, wild caught.

    • @the_good_citizen on January 3, 2024 at 9:02 am

      why do u take Vitamin D orally if you are sitting out in the sun in any case?

    • @di4085 on January 3, 2024 at 12:14 pm

      @@the_good_citizen I do know you can’t get vitamin D3 from the Sun in the winter time at least up in the northern part of the states. So we have to supplement. If you do your research and a lot of people are deficient in vitamin D3. But you probably won’t hear that from the medical community. That’s why it’s so important to take care of yourself.

  13. @russwells1825 on December 25, 2023 at 5:59 pm

    I just had a minor surgery a couple of weeks ago, and the nurse asked if I took any supplements. When I told her I took 20k of vitamin D, the nurse was shocked. I asked her if she knew how many MGs in 20k IUs. She did not. Let’s move on please. Keep up the good work Dr. Berg. Merry Christmas

    • @thisorthat7626 on December 25, 2023 at 6:05 pm

      @russwells1825, great job educating the nurse. They are “taught” to not question things and are surprised when someone actually knows facts. Have a healthy 2024!

    • @di4085 on December 25, 2023 at 9:40 pm

      ​@@thisorthat7626nurses are taught not to question things? Wow talk about control and not being able to reason or use common sense. Robotic sickcare system.

    • @Jeffs60 on December 28, 2023 at 2:14 pm

      No living creature ever took any synthetic vitamins or supplements which the body views as an unknown foreign enemy it does not recognize.

  14. @annblachly8068 on December 25, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    I took 50,000 IUs or more a day for nearly a year. I started taking D3 in early 2018. It corrected acid reflux and bladder leakage over considerable time/years and I had to be consistent.
    I also ate exclusively meat for nearly 18 months and dropped 85 pounds which healed much as well including inflamed intestines and internal hemorrhoids….by removing toxin held in that extra fat. I regained 1/2 of that weight loss but no longer have bladder leakage.

    I no longer take 50,000 IUs or any D3 every day. I finally filled up my tank. Now about every 10 to 14 days I take 4,000 or 8,000 IUs of Vitamin D3. I am 68 years when I start swallowing wrong.
    The sphincters from throat to elimination are affected by the hormone D3…and the throat clearing or slight need to cough are now my indicators. If I ignore that slight indicator, I will get the more annoying one that gives me the urge to pee with just having my hands in warm water.

    • @RepentOnlyJesusSaves on December 26, 2023 at 12:21 am

      I found this helpful, thank you for sharing! May Jesus bless you!

  15. @menoswater1032 on December 25, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    This is my story:
    I’m a black 19 year old male. I’m 6’2 and well built.
    I used to play football and do weightlifting.
    Then about a year ago I started to feel less and less energy.
    This got worse and worse for about 8 months until one day I felt this TERRIBLE fatigue.

    If you’ve clicked on this video you probably know what this type of fatigue feels like. Almost like someone is SUCKING the life out of you.
    I lost so much weight and looked like a cancer patient. I experienced IBS symptoms and thought I had colon cancer.

    I had bone aches all over.
    As always my doctors didn’t know what the hell was wrong and would just dismiss is as anxiety.

    I got my blood tested and my vitamin D was 35.
    I immediately self diagnosed and took 20,000iu + magnesium a day.

    When I tell you I felt superhuman. I went on a run for the first time in a YEAR. And felt invincible.

    I ran out of pills and dropped to 4,000iu and felt the fatigue again.

    What I learned: If you’re deficient you’re probably going to need at least 10,000iu + K2 and magnesium to maintain healthy levels.
    Also if other serious health issues have been ruled out you’ll need to be patient as it takes a while to get better. Avoid looking on the internet about symptoms which could increase anxiety.

    Hope this helped.

    Ps. Within a month I grew an inch in height after supplementing 🫣

    • @Natapier on December 25, 2023 at 8:11 pm

      Well said!

    • @di4085 on December 25, 2023 at 9:58 pm

      You did the best thing. You took control of your health. You found out what works and you educated yourself with the right info. This is what most people need to be doing now is taking care of their health and stop relying on the sick care system to help you. Now go and educate others.

    • @janeplane9 on December 26, 2023 at 2:56 am

      Wow! I take 50,000 iu at least two feel a week and I feel better than ever.

    • @beardown2489 on December 26, 2023 at 8:08 am

      Congrats on the recovery!

      Have you tried different Mg varieties? Did any work better than others

    • @kurtm.7494 on December 27, 2023 at 12:33 am

      Sounds like you may have had fibromyalgia, which magnesium is supposed to help alleviate.

  16. @Moshugaani on December 25, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    I have no way of proving that it’s not a coincidence, but I believe that this had been the healthiest winter ever for me thanks to eating fresh garlic and ginger every day, as well as taking at least 100 mcg (4000 IU) of Vitamin D3 in olive oil capsules.
    I’m asthmatic and I usually have a cold at some point in the winter and then a bad cough that lasts for weeks. It seems like everyone’s had some kinda cold or flu around me lately, so it’s especially surprising for me that I haven’t caught anything as of yet! I did have something during the summer so maybe I still have some immunity left, who knows. But any time I’ve felt a bit under the weather, I’ve consumed a couple of glovers of garlic and a thumb sized piece of ginger and the shortly after I’ve been back to normal. 👌🏻
    Thank God in the name of Christ for these beautiful natural wonders. 💪🏻

  17. @violetf.2025 on December 25, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    Went to my homeopath to check out how much my body needs: it’s 10.000 IU D3 with 200mcg K2, 1100 mg magnesiumglycinate and vitamin C from high quality acerola plus zinc and copper.
    Dr Berg’s channel is my favourite one. Merry Christmas 🎄

  18. @freedomdove on December 26, 2023 at 6:35 am

    Hypocalcemia is definitely a real thing. You can’t be taking in too much vitamin D. There is an upper limit, especially when you aren’t balancing with the other vitamins/minerals–as you pointed out. My mom’s demise was partly related to too much vitamin D given to her while in conventional care.

    I’ve taken at-home tests for vitamin D deficiency and they were way far removed from lab test results. This makes me question all testing. 😔 I currently take 30,000 IU every Sunday morning, and I weigh about 105 pounds. You may need more if you weigh over that amount or if you are older and unable to produce vitamin D from sun exposure as much as when you were younger. I take more supplemental D3 in the winter when the sun is very far away from us in North America.

  19. @61jennybean on December 26, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    Since being Keto for 5 years, I have not needed suncream as my skin doesn’t burn. Thank you Dr Berg for all your wonderful informative videos.

  20. @keenkhan6205 on January 3, 2024 at 11:06 am

    To be honest Doctor! you are serving to humanity by your videos. You are educating people. May God take care of you how you are taking care of us.

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