Welcome to the Vitamin D Wellness Protocol designed for members of this Facebook group. You can “Defend Your Life” against a long list of diseases by having adequate amounts of vitamin D (suggesting a goal of 100ng/mL (250 nmol/L)). To enjoy the best vitamin D and its partners have to offer, we suggest following these simple 3 steps: D3, K2, and magnesium. We did, and our health and quality of life have improved tremendously!

Vitamin D3:  Most diets do not contain adequate vitamin D3. Start by taking 5,000 IU daily of vitamin D3 oil-based, softgel supplements with or right after your breakfast that includes a healthy fat such as eggs, nuts, yogurt. After one week, increase your D3 intake to 10,000 IU a day. Enjoy direct noon sun exposure for up to 15-20 minutes a day, when possible. If you have liver or kidney issues, please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to supplementing with vitamin D3. 

Vitamin K2: A vitamin K2 diet includes lots of grass-fed meat and dairy products. Since most of us are lacking a daily abundant intake of grass-fed goods, consume about 100 mcg of vitamin K2 (MK-7). The better quality K2 (MK-7) supplements contain natto, a fermented soybean, daily or several times a week. Take your K2 softgel with your D3 softgel with or right after your breakfast. (If you cannot take soy products or are taking thyroid hormone medication, we provide a link to soy-free vitamin K2 (MK-7)). Please do not take any form of vitamin K if you are on blood-thinning medication without the approval of your healthcare practitioner. 

Magnesium: Magnesium-rich foods include leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. A daily supplement of magnesium malate or glycinate of at least 400 -600 mg should increase your level of this essential mineral. If you prefer energy-boosting magnesium malate, take it with your D3 and K2 with or right after your breakfast. Or take your magnesium glycinate before bedtime. (The glycine in this supplement has a calming effect that should foster sleep.) Members taking thyroid medication should wait at least four hours before taking any minerals such as magnesium.

What about calcium? Rich sources of dietary calcium include leafy green vegetables, dairy products, nuts, legumes, and seeds. Many of us have adequate calcium without any supplementation. Calcium supplements may add unwanted calcium that can linger in body tissues that could cause cardiovascular disease and other serious medical conditions. Do not take a calcium supplement unless your blood serum calcium level is below normal.

Recommended Reading: 

Before we address specific supplement products, the Vitamin D Wellness Group recommends reading a new book titled Defend Your Life II about the amazing health benefits of vitamin D3 plus lots more. Many members who have read the first Defend Your Life characterize it as “life changing” and often reference these inexpensive (as low as $2.99) and easy-to-read books.  Defend Your Life also won a prestigious Mom’s Choice Award® for its creativity and family friendliness. Due to its up-to-date (as current as 2019) information, reading Defend Your Life II is highly recommended.

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Defend-Your-Life-Preconception-Adulthood-ebook/dp/B07NZ2GTZT

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Defend-Your-Life-Preconception-Adulthood-ebook/dp/B07NZ2GTZT/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1564865468&sr=1-2

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Defend-Your-Life-Preconception-Adulthood-ebook/dp/B07NZ2GTZT/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1564865775&sr=1-1

Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Defend-Your-Life-Preconception-Adulthood-ebook/dp/B07NZ2GTZT/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1564865888&sr=1-3

Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/Defend-Your-Life-Preconception-Adulthood-ebook/dp/B07NZ2GTZT/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=susan+rex+ryan&qid=1564866140&s=books&sr=1-2

(Defend Your Life and Defend Your Life II are available via Amazon country sites and online book retailers worldwide.)

Recommended Supplements:

Believe it or not, most dietary supplements contain ingredients that do not provide any health benefits. In some cases, dietary , “name-brand” supplements include substances that may be harmful (for example, carcinogenic) to you.  Please remember that you ultimately are responsible for your own health.  Therefore, it is each individual’s responsibility to ensure  that supplements suggested in this Protocol are appropriate in accordance with one’s medical history (in other words, when in doubt, review the list of supplements with your healthcare practitioner).

The Vitamin D Protocol addresses many deficiencies in bodily health, as almost all cells have Vitamin D receptors and need daily Vitamin D3 to function. However, not all symptoms of poor health are attributable to low Vitamin D levels, so supplementing with Vitamin D3 and its cofactors may not be a “Cure All”.  Following the Group Protocol should improve your health. But if you are following the Protocol and still have lingering health issues, please get a medical evaluation of those symptoms.

Our recommendations are focused on quality, as well as price, when a variety of quality supplements are available. (Please note that we do not receive any remuneration for these supplements.)

D3 Supplements (US):   

Doctor’s Best Vitamin D3 5,000 iu, 360 softgels – 180-day supply: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0050MYHBQ/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_8DeXub0R30TYZ

Now Foods Vitamin D3 5,000 iu, 240 softgels – 120-day supply: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0032BH76O/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_0BeXub0K15TG5

Doctor’s Best Vitamin D3 5,000 iu, 720 softgels – 360-day supply:  http://www.iherb.com/Doctor-s-Best-Best-Vitamin-D3-5000-IU-720-Softgels/56653

Now Foods Vitamin D3 10,000 iu, 120 softgels – 120-day  supply: https://www.pureformulas.com/vitamin-d-3-10000-iu-120-soft-gels-by-now.html

Now Foods Vitamin D3 10,000 iu, 120 softgels – 120-day supply:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F45EQ4W/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_jrStvb1BV72T4

Vegan Vitamin D3:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H8RC4BZ?ref=em_1p_1_im&ref_=pe_3730140_450416320

Children’s Drops (US):

https://www.iherb.com/pr/Carlson-Labs-Kids-Super-Daily-D3-K2-25-mcg-1-000-IU-22-5-mcg-0-34-fl-oz-10-16-ml/78649?gclid=CjwKCAjw2qHsBRAGEiwAMbPoDMknAzRL7dCDeCSK9UvZPmTs0shFIjVvTNsHq6Ig4U8-hTnpEhVhdBoC0xYQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Soy-free K2 (good for thyroid patients) and D3 Combo Supplements (US):

Combo D3 + K2 :

https://www.amazon.com/Vitamin-Organic-Coconut-Absorption-Certified/dp/B07255MPRN/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=sports+research+k2&qid=1551303412&s=gateway&sr=8-6

Soy-Fee Vitamin K2 Soft Gel Capsules: 

https://www.amazon.com/Sports-Research-Vitamin-Organic-Softgels/dp/B00JGCPAYY/ref=sr_1_9_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1495734972&sr=1-9&keywords=sports+research+supplements

K2 Supplements (US): 

Jarrow K2 MK-7 90 mcg softgels – 60-day supply: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0013OVVFA/ref=gp_aw_ybh_l_1?pi=SR280%2C500&refRID=1Y3WK6T7SREC93E5CYQM#immersive-view_1417285672591

Magnesium Supplements (US):

Magnesium Malate Capsules:  https://www.pureformulas.com/magnesium-malate-1000-mg-hypoallergenic-120-capsules-by-kirkman.html

Comfort (Health Ranger) Magnesium Malate Bulk Powder:  https://www.healthrangerstore.com/products/chief-originals-magnesium-comfort-10oz-283g?_pos=1&_sid=c177bb059&_ss=r

Solaray Magnesium Glycinate 400 Mg – 120 Veg Capsules – 24-day supply: http://www.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/magnesium-glycinate-400mg-S120.html

Solaray Magnesium Glycinate 400 Mg – 120 Veg Capsules (2 Pack) – 48-day supply: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NEVM2KS/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_TFdbwbP6ZG2E4

Pure Encapsulations -Magnesium Glycinate – 180 Veg Capsules – 45-day supply: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0058HWV9S/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_EZTTub0CBVRZD

Natural Doctor Mega Magnesium Glycinate

D3 Supplements (UK):

Doctor’s Best 5,000 iu:

http://www.bobbyshealthyshop.co.uk/show-product-details.php?ID=475

https://www.healthmonthly.co.uk/doctors_best_vitamin_d3_5000_iu_1?fbclid=IwAR3h052WST_Ky70FlVLlK7IZYQOyEUCdz77Hd9Bhs1wdsJNglUDXg9jB7zg

https://www.dolphinfitness.co.uk/en/doctors-best-vitamin-d3-5000iu-180-softgels/152303?fbclid=IwAR0DwUkExZgbxBI6fx7mZV_TNgKVYdxNXL7Sd5lC2WaLjw4zB_Aztqt5Uq8

Children’s Drops (UK):

Epigenar Vitamin D3 and K2 Drops 10 mL: http://www.superfooduk.com/epigenar-vitamin-d3–k2-10ml-19120-p.asp

Epigenar Vitamin D3 & K2 10 mL: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00N8RPBK6/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_-igsvb0YA905X

Epigenar Vitamin D3 & K2 10 mL:  http://www.riohealth.co.uk/Joint-Support/Epigenar-Vitamin-D3-K2.aspx

Epigenar Vitamin D3 & K2 10 mL: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Epigenar-Vitamin-D3-K2-10ml/dp/B00N8RPBK6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1430322024&sr=8-3&keywords=k2+drops

Non-Soy K2 Supplements (UK):

Sports Research Vitamin K2 MK-7  100mcg – 60-day supply:  https://uk.iherb.com/pr/Sports-Research-Vitamin-K2-100-mcg-60-Veggie-Softgels/72733

PHARMA NORD: https://www.dolphinfitness.co.uk/en/pharma-nord-k-pearls/168113/?ladid=uk&fbclid=IwAR315By8CqRWpteqINJ5nFwS0PnKnvuZVAVhjLbyyokU-T8FtHp1J8iZhIA

Magnesium Supplements (UK):

BioCare Magnesium Malate:  

https://www.dolphinfitness.co.uk/en/biocare-magnesium-malate-90-vegicaps/25415?fbclid=IwAR2kswj0N9JWSYmTv3Pz4AxMX7ityaXqAK_oGbtT94MOHsVuYpjESMDpCIk

Seeking Health Magnesium Malate: 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Magnesium-Malate-Powder-500-mg-250-g-Seeking-Health-/321792732590?redirect=mobile&fbclid=IwAR2VhcVkP0DKQRjkCXCzmdnZ6UdeMLg2MvXG26Z2yP4dMsIxWiSQrE3rN68

Seeking Health Magnesium Malate Bulk Powder: 

https://www.healthmonthly.co.uk/swanson_ultra_albion_dimagnesium_malate?af=gaw&msclkid=0a1c3d886a241388aba0600ccdf8c22e&fbclid=IwAR1NNNbi1tK8OwiiHzRlWuiVzwqMvsnw4vIqxybZdrEfOzQ7VGMHrSWxNvs

Solaray Magnesium Glycinate 100 mg, 120 vcaps – 24-day supply: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000Z1GLJI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_JLJixbD693J72

Vitamin D3 Supplements (Australia):

https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com.au%2FJARR0W-Formulas-Cholecalciferol-Metabolism-Micrograms%2Fdp%2FB07NCF3PRK%2Fref%3Dsr_1_15%3Fkeywords%3DJarrow%2520Vitamin%26qid%3D1564007739%26s%3Dgateway%26sr%3D8-15%26fbclid%3DIwAR31dVmbiNY9aDCFsHlJyelHS9TAmCoGM_gnIWuD6_xg2NVGq7qYbJi32CQ&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cf237430b64cd48158feb08d718579e2d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637004636898505162&sdata=O8TLKuMQ1R34JmQHZSSoRcEsgQJtQtmK7lbV3J7%2BtSw%3D&reserved=0

Vitamin K2 Supplements (Australia):

https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com.au%2FJARR0W-Formulas-Promotes-Cardiovascular-Micrograms%2Fdp%2FB07KM7YJVM%2Fref%3Dsr_1_fkmr0_1%3Fkeywords%3DJarrow%2520K2%2520MK-7%252090%2520mcg%2520softgels%2520%25E2%2580%2593%252060-day%2520supply%253A%26qid%3D1564007982%26s%3Dgateway%26sr%3D8-1-fkmr0%26fbclid%3DIwAR0BSLPQcCoz9NOhLH-kJLcyPprnZ6fJuNjrmp3TaMe-PSiN1Zd_ImdhWOU&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cf237430b64cd48158feb08d718579e2d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637004636898515167&sdata=zJHok%2Fhf8mPSpuXKs7Ku5oeeUSqu1TVLUTJF0ZGo9KI%3D&reserved=0

Combo Vitamins D3 and K2 (Australia): 

https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.iherb.com%2Fpr%2FSports-Research-Vitamin-K2-D3-100-mcg-5000-IU-60-Veggie-Softgels%2F79975%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2_jz1Zbyt7Sc1uvpAorb8OmDwuzs2v-BOP3dSF_gKd6xZl7UwGgu3pg0M&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cf237430b64cd48158feb08d718579e2d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637004636898525203&sdata=ArP1tZdxnJXearHqqBEC41MEU84b8wx8ly%2FSLD4nk2M%3D&reserved=0

Magnesium Glycinate (Australia): 

https://nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com.au%2FAmino-Nutrition-Magnesium-Glycinate-Powder%2Fdp%2FB07H1T2FTP%2Fref%3Dsr_1_fkmr1_2%3Fkeywords%3DSolaray%2520Magnesium%2520Glycinate%26qid%3D1564008034%26s%3Dgateway%26sr%3D8-2-fkmr1%26fbclid%3DIwAR1-9f1MQHqj-xjeb70aWPAysu_yXQY9oKCcduRfBVKb2Or4qaybllC9qUw&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cf237430b64cd48158feb08d718579e2d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637004636898535184&sdata=urDZRGsBL0F%2BHYLnqTziwFM69g%2F500sQAEnstv%2BtHPE%3D&reserved=0

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