Published on February 12, 2020
In a previous blog we showed how much supplemental vitamin B12 GrassrootsHealth participants report taking. In today’s blog we will investigate whether supplemental vitamin B12 intake affects vitamin D levels.
Using the data provided for the GrassrootsHealth study from over 2,500 participants with supplemental vitamin B12 information, we plotted every participant’s supplemental vitamin D intake (dose) and blood level (response) and determined the average trends for participants who reported taking no supplemental vitamin B12, those who reported taking 1 to 499 mcg/day, and those who reported taking 500 mcg/day or more.
The dose-response chart above shows that on average, those taking supplemental vitamin B12 have a higher vitamin D level for any given vitamin D intake amount than those not taking supplemental vitamin B12. Specifically, 61% more supplemental vitamin D was needed for 50% of the population to achieve 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) for those not taking supplemental vitamin B12 compared to those who took 500 mcg/day or more. The trend lines for both supplemental vitamin B12 intake amounts (1-499 and 500+ mcg/day) were similar.
Are you getting enough co-nutrients to support a healthy vitamin D level?
Make sure you know your vitamin D level, and take steps to keep it within a target of 40-60 ng/ml or 100-150 nmol/L! Through GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute, you can also test your essential elements magnesium, copper, zinc and selenium, toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium, as well as your omega-3 levels, inflammation levels and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level. Find out your levels today! Log on to the test selection page (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your levels can be improved.
Make sure you track your results before and after, about every 6 months!
How can I track my nutrient intake and levels over time?
To help you track your supplement use and nutrient levels, GrassrootsHealth has created the Personal Health Nutrient Decision System called
For each specific supplement, you can track what days you take it, how much, and many other details. This will help you know your true supplemental intake and what patterns of use work for you to reach and maintain optimum nutrient levels. Check it out today!
How Can You Use this Information for YOUR Health?
Having and maintaining healthy vitamin D and other nutrient levels can help improve your health now and for your future. Measuring is the only way to make sure you are getting enough!
STEP 1 Order your at-home blood spot test kit to measure vitamin D and other nutrients of concern to you, such as omega-3s, magnesium, essential and toxic elements (zinc, copper, selenium, lead, cadmium, mercury); include hsCRP as a marker of inflammation or HbA1c for blood sugar health
STEP 2 Answer the online questionnaire as part of the GrassrootsHealth study
STEP 3 Using our educational materials and tools (such as our dose calculators), assess your results to determine if you are in your desired target range or if actions should be taken to get there
STEP 4 After 3-6 months of implementing your changes, re-test to see if you have achieved your target level(s)