(Self-Meta) Vitamin D supplementation ~ For and Against (Part 3 of 3)

Following from Part Two a summary of extrapolations are shared here to signal individual but not clinical ~ considerations.

  • Further self-research beyond the confines of this Self-Meta.
  • Consider cyclical dosages between none, low and high. Self-journal any sight of symptoms, and surrogate markers of wellbeing (eg. Quality of Life, digestion, metabolic profiling/glucose readings, mood, psychology, mental resiliency, fitness training records, etc). And;
  • Consider Nutrigenomics profiling (~ as per external liaison, diagnosis and advisory through functional medicine) to assess and/or diagnose, if any ~ disorders anywhere throughout the inactive > active Vitamin D metabolism pathway.
  • Subsequently, consider any other profiling tests that may be of relevance and/or affecting the Vitamin D metabolism. Namely:
    • Vitamin D nutrigenomics / including metabolism, and storage pathways.
    • Vitamin B  / methylation pathways.

1st July 2022 ~ Strictly WIP / work in progress.


Discussion

The opposition to Vitamin D supplementation remains both justified and warrants attentive individualisation. Especially those who are affected or inherited with auto-immunity or genetic dysfunctions of Vitamin D may find the opposition side (Marshall, T. 2018) noteworthy and compelling. However, other topics worth mentioning, albeit lengthy to be included here for accessible reading ~ are the numerous confounding factors impacting hyper-absorptions. To name a few ~ Vitamin A, K2, magnesium status, and interestingly ~ dietary calcium.

Purely from global / institutional perspective, there is currently (to date) no consensus on what defines “Safe Upper Level” to Vitamin D (Amrein K. 2020). The Endocrine Society claims 10,000IU as the “Upper Daily Limit”. But the European Food and Safety Authority recommends below 4000 IU per day.  Small studies (Heaney RP et al. 2003) seem to be in agreement that provided no underlying disorders Vitamin D supplementation in excess of 10,000  IU ~ per day ~ did not lead to adverse effects. 3,000 to 5,000 IU per day has been widely proclaimed as generally safe (Hollick, M. 2019).

Nuances in regards to genetic polymorphisms remains sadly too complex and broad for general reading. However, these polymorphisms (or specifically ~ SNPs / single-nucleotide polymorphisms) may prove great importance for discerning readers to consult and pursue external nutrigenomics testing(s) on several other key groups of genes, enzymes and proteins profiling; from which Vitamin D metabolism from their inactive to active pathways are dependent. Hence ,nutrigenomic markers worth considering to test and sought full consultation so far are:

  1. Vitamin B status and handling. Particularly Vitamin B12.
    1. Arguably anything that scrutinizes B12 may consequent / prompt the following connected markers ~ homocysteine handling, and overall methylation status.

Consequently, following from the above there are highly specific genes that may be of relevance for more nuanced scrutiny. Below, whilst certainly not to be deemed as exhaustively complete; nevertheless disclose the various known genetic polymorphisms (Hu, Z et al. 2019),  (Tomei S. et al. 2020) and (Malloy PJ and Feldman D 2011) that may prove noteworthy for discerning readers to raise with their clinician:

  1. Cytochrome P450 Family 2 (CYP2R1).
  2. Cytochrome P450 Family 24 Subfamily A member 1 (CYP24A1)
  3. 1-Alpha-hydroxylase (CYP27B1) ~ the critical enzyme for proper 25OHD (Calcefidiol, inactive) to 1,25 OHD (Calcitriol, active) conversion. 
  4. 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase / NAD synthesise 1 (DHCR7/NADSYN1). DHCR7 ~ which resides on the skin ~ widely determines the very first reactive beginnings, before everything else throughout the Vitamin D pathway.
  5. The Vitamin D receptor and;
  6. The Vitamin D Binding protein GC.

What to look for and sought ~ Course of Actions with a practitioner.

First and foremost this Self-Meta is contemplative and certainly not prescriptive in any way it exerts confidence that the following may (or may not) be readily applicable to reader’s circumstance, both sociological and financial.

The very first pragmatic course of action would obligate a search and research ~ of the nearest nutrigenomics profiling. However even before doing so, readers should be well aware of the following pre-requisite(s) prior any consultation and/or proceedings tot ake place:

  1. Cost & accessibility. Nutrigenomics is a highly sought after alternative wellness; often consequenting high financial investments amounting to at least hundreds of dollars. This investment, all of which is non refundable once a contract and consent is declared ~ goes towards:
    1. 1-to-1 initial and post (debriefing) consultations;
    2. DNA swab collection kit;
    3. Comprehensive genetic data interpretations and extrapolation(s) as interventions, and/or prelminary advices subject for further tests and/or investigations.
    4. Reports and results gathering ~ in writing.
  2. Nuanced responsibility(s) for extrapolating insights. To illustrate an example of a nutrigenomics package report; which below cannot be fully disclosed due to NDA / confidentiality courtesy usually anticipates surrounding:
    1. A  package of multiple genes testing (potentially dozens per report) ~ tailored to specific health goal or overarching concern (Autoimmune, food intolerance, exercise regiment(s), to name few).
    2. Such a package to feature anyway from at least four (4) all the way to thirteen (13) or more reports detailing genomic interpretaitons based off the collected DNA data.
    3. Each of the above report provides a biochemistry overview and implications on wider health and surrogate markers beyond a summary of polymorphisms results.

As one expects, there bounds to be a significant investment towards 1) financial investment and 2) ~ knowledge willingness for readers to take with them not merely days as cross sectional insight. But likely years to compel and prompt insight, self-intervention opportunities or ~ the need to sought second or third consultation for deeper investigations. Regardless, critical reading and maintaining an open dialogue remains key in all proceedings amidst alternative health and wellness consulting.

Due to the limited spacing of this Self Meta this Author (AW) may soon be obliged to produce an insight feature presentation to enlighten all of the above and more ~ in multiple uploads.

Other co-morobidities yet to be included in this Self-Meta.

Obviously this Self-Meta is not able to contain other nuances in favour of accessible reading. Those who are diagnosed with Clinical kidney diseases (CKD), liver disorders, digestion or malabsorption disorders / gastric bypasses,  and existing heart disease should all prompt extra cautions when extrapolating this Self-Meta as overriding advices. As a kind reminder ~ nothing disclosed here is either definitive nor does it confide institutional overrides.

Other topics yet to be covered here include (possibly) epigenetic markers, and surrogate lifestyle markers ranging from most to least obvious ~ sunlight exposure, dietary calcium intake, stress including environmental stressors from pollution ~ to name a a few~ remain as confounders yet to be addressed in concise terms.

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Conclusion

(WIP progress for readibility)

So far it remains difficult to extrapolate a course of action that is immediately applicable to all; without nuanced consideration(s) well and outside the indemnity of this Self-Meta. At best, personal nutrigenomics alongside guided interpretation with a geneticist or functional medicine practitioner would likely remain the best driver point of further discussion at determining appropriateness on high versus low dosages to defend against mortality markers.

In light of the above, pragmatism nonetheless seemingly points towards acquiring the need for emphatic Nutrigenomics profiling. Disadvantages to these of course remains immediate such that they are often costly, inaccessible to the general public, and certainly requiring more disciplined willingness, and responsibility to read all nuances of nutritional science; much more than a pedestrian knowledge.

It is safe to say thus, when extrapolating a course of action with a third party ~ General Practitioners ~ sadly ~ with all due respect sadly does not suffice as be-all and end-all point of care. Medical paternalism remain sadly unaddressed in modern medicine practice; thereby prohibiting patient’s scientific enquiring.

Any arguments bearing from either side (both for and against supplementation) remains divisive in each of their own right despite seemingly extreme measures advocated ~ namely Coimbra Protocol versus that of those in favour of elimination of Vitamin D inputs, including whole food sources and sunlight. Any justification to adhere to these, both right down to the letter, and in long-term view ~ likely remains questionable. However all this remains a  matter of individual decision, and wherever justified ~genetic nuances that may warrant  highly personalised assistance as advised earlier ~ nutrigenomics profiling.

However if there is one thing we can safely take away as an immediately accessible closing perspective here is the question of pragmatism / practicality. Abolishing anything that is holistic as “nature” already provides immediately through physics, ecology and thereby environment ~ be it sunlight or nutrient dense wholefoods ~ remains rightfully questionable. For instance, avoiding foods rich with calcium and essential fats (eggs, fat-rich seafoods, shellfish, organ meats, dairy cheese) more than likely prompts overtime to becomes counterproductive given these foods more often than not contains nutrients that many modern food supplies typically lack. Namely, gelatinous amino acids,  and fat soluble bioavaiable vitamins ~ retinoid acid, COQ10, to name a few. However, far too many common fears ~  saturated fats chiefly amongst others that accompanying these foods for instance ~ remain semantically driven and institutionally enforced such that scientific inquiring becomes all the more challenging. If not ~ stigmatised in the name of statistical epidemiology (imposition of the average ~ on mass populace).

Reciting as final course of action ~ This Author (AW) anecdotally still maintains a view for any supplement deemed both paradoxical harm and benefits ~ inclusions and exclusions together with self journalling still nevertheless prevails as his most pragmatic view.

The above course of action could be grossly summarised as periodical cycling of dosages between none low and high as accordingly to seasons. Much lower during summer (to encourage and leverage sun exposure) but higher during winters.

Thus, Vitamin D supplementation, whilst certainly justifiable for reduced supplementation in certain contexts (genetic inheritance abnormalities or certain autoimmune disorders) ~ still remains rightfully a nuanced and complex subject. Given that genetic errors are unavoidable in all of life’s diversity, it is wise therefore for us all to deeply research and simultaneously should finances and accessibility allow ~ personal nutrigenomics for uncovering a more relevant insight.

In the meantime, This Self Meta unbiasedly concludes nevertheless that this is neither an overriding “clinical” advice or a casual suggestion to a broad audience. This is simply a personal and anecdotal initiative for  exercising self-academic curiosity(s) and scientific curation of cliff notes to further all dialogues between the known as well as the unknowns.

Thank you.

I, Andrew Wiguna / Author of this first (WIP/work-in-progress) Self-Meta wishes to thank however few readers to this concept initiative and by its presence of Youtube® channel to have read this Self-Meta either partially or holistically. Please share your thoughts and/or comments should you relate to any of these noteworthy food for thoughts.

Live-It-Forward,

AW.

 

July 1st 2022 WIP / work in progress until further notice

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