Should You Be Taking Vitamin D? (The Drew Mariani Show)

☀️ Vitamin D Debate: To Supplement or Not to Supplement? ☀️

In a riveting episode of The Drew Mariani Show, Dr. Sean O’Mara dove deep into the enigmatic world of vitamins and supplements, with a spotlight on the ever-polarizing Vitamin D.

🌟 The Sunshine Vitamin Saga 🌟

  • Vitamin D, the so-called ‘sunshine vitamin’, is essential, yet too much can be fatal. Case in point: an 89-year-old man’s demise due to Vitamin D overdose.
  • Unlike water-soluble vitamins that our body can excrete, fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K can accumulate and potentially reach toxic levels.
  • Dr. O’Mara’s golden advice? Get tested to know your Vitamin D levels before you supplement willy-nilly!

🔍 The Lowdown on Vitamin D Levels 🔍

  • Low Vitamin D = higher susceptibility to illness. This vitamin is not just a vitamin but a hormone with roles in immunity and hormone regulation.
  • Ideal levels? Dr. O’Mara champions levels above 50, while the standard medical threshold is above 30.
  • Sunlight reigns supreme as the best source, but winter woes often necessitate supplementation.

🥚 Natural Over Synthetic 🥚

  • Favor food sources like egg yolks, sardines, mackerels, salmon, and grass-fed beef liver for bioavailability.
  • A listener’s tale highlighted the critical role of Vitamin D in bone health, urging supplementation, especially in sun-deprived locales like Chicago.

🚨 Dosage Dilemmas 🚨

  • One size does not fit all! Individual testing is crucial to determine the safe intake levels to avoid toxicity.
  • Dr. O’Mara emphasized that a tailored approach based on regular testing is vital for managing Vitamin D intake, especially for those with specific health conditions.

🌱 Lifestyle Over Pills 🌱

  • The episode underscored a holistic health mantra: live healthily (think sunshine, diet, and exercise) rather than relying solely on supplements.
  • Food for thought: Healthy animals produce more Vitamin D-rich foods. Opt for pastured eggs and grass-fed beef to boost your intake.

🤒 Vitamin D and COVID-19 🤒

  • A poignant call from a dietitian revealed challenges in advocating for Vitamin D testing in COVID-19 patients, highlighting the divide between current medical guidelines and emerging research advocating higher Vitamin D levels for optimal health.

The Verdict? Vitamin D is a powerhouse hormone vital for our health, but it’s a delicate balance. Testing, tailored supplementation, and a healthy lifestyle are key. And as always, nature provides the best sources. So, soak up some sun (responsibly) and choose your foods wisely!

💡Remember, when it comes to your health, it’s not just what you consume, but how you live. Let’s strive for a balance that keeps us thriving, not just surviving!

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.