Vitamin D-3; Nutrient Absorption; 050315

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I understand that for your body to absorb Vitamin D-3, it requires an oil. Is a quality flax seed oil supplement sufficient?


You had a wide variety of choices and you picked one of the few ones that does not work for this purpose. Flaxseed Oil, when taken in sufficient doses, does not get absorbed well. Flax oil forms what is called an oil-water partition in the gut.

If you are going to use an oil, your best bet is fish oil, followed by olive oil, followed by evening primrose oil, and maybe borage oil. Flaxseed and castor oil are the two things you should not use for this.

It is a good question. The absorption of Vitamin D-3 is an important subject– 5,000 IUs daily cuts your risk of cancer in half.

About David S Klein, MD 149 Articles
David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.