The Risks of Taking 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D3

Is it dangerous to take high amounts of vitamin D3? Here is what you should know.


0:00 Introduction: Is it bad to take a lot of vitamin D?
0:10 What does “IU” stand for?
0:38 Are high amounts of vitamin D3 dangerous?
1:50 How much vitamin D you need and why
7:57 What is considered a toxic amount of vitamin D?
9:42 Learn more about vitamin D toxicity!

Are there risks of taking 10,000 IU of vitamin D3? In my opinion, there is a bigger risk of not taking “high” amounts of vitamin D3.

IU is the abbreviation for international units. 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 is equivalent to under one milligram.

The RDAs for vitamin D are between 600 to 800 IU. But, the great majority of people are deficient in vitamin D. The current RDAs for vitamin D are outdated and are based on old research related to preventing bone loss.

Every cell in the body has receptors for vitamin D, and the functions of vitamin D are vast. Vitamin D isn’t even really a vitamin. It’s a hormone. It acts very similarly to cortisol (another hormone) as an anti-inflammatory but without side effects.

In my opinion, a person really needs 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 as a maintenance dose. This has to do with there being a lot of different things that stop vitamin D from going into your body.

Another thing we need to look at when it comes to vitamin D is a person’s genes. I recently had 21 different individuals’ DNA tested, and 100 percent of them had at least one genetic problem with vitamin D absorption.

I believe that 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 is not toxic and is needed to penetrate some of the big barriers that keep people from getting enough vitamin D3.

The amount of vitamin D that could cause a toxic effect is still being debated. But, according to the research I’ve found, it would take hundreds of thousands of international units for months to create vitamin D toxicity.

However, as a precaution, be sure to consume plenty of water (2.5 liters a day), take other nutrients that support vitamin D absorption, and take nutrients that protect you against hypercalcemia (the main potential toxic effect).

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Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you better understand vitamin D3. I’ll see you in the next video.

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