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Calcifediol (Calcidiol, semiactivated Vitamin D) - many studies

Calcidiol: Prescription typically needed, expensive, probably fast

  • Calcidiol supplementation may be be essential to get Vitamin D if there is poor liver function
  • Calcidiol is far more expensive than Vitamin D
  • Fast Vitamin D response is essential in some cases - such as early COVID
    It appears that Calcidiol provides a fast response (mixed indications)
    Nanoemulsion Vitamin D might also provide a quick response - personal observation, no data yet.

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Calcidiol = Calcifediol = 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 = 25(OH)D = semi-activated Vitamin D
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Vitamin D Endocrine System and COVID-19 - Treatment with Calcifediol – June 2022

Nutrients 2022, 14(13), 2716; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14132716
by Jose Manuel Quesada-Gomez 1,2,*,José Lopez-Miranda 1,3,4ORCID,Marta Entrenas-Castillo 5,Antonio Casado-Díaz 1,2,6ORCID,Xavier Nogues y Solans 2,7ORCID,José Luis Mansur 8ORCID and Roger Bouillon 9,*

The immune system need a good Vitamin D Receptor

Response to Calcifediol
The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest challenge facing modern medicine and public health systems. The viral evolution of SARS-CoV-2, with the emergence of new variants with in-creased infectious potential, is a cause for concern. In addition, vaccination coverage remains in-sufficient worldwide. Therefore, there is a need to develop new therapeutic options, and/or to optimize the repositioning of drugs approved for other indications for COVID-19. This may include the use of calcifediol, the prohormone of the vitamin D endocrine system (VDES) as it may have potential useful effects for the treatment of COVID-19. We review the aspects associating COVID-19 with VDES and the potential use of calcifediol in COVID-19. VDES/VDR stimulation may enhance innate antiviral effector mechanisms, facilitating the induction of antimicrobial peptides/autophagy, with a critical modulatory role in the subsequent host reactive hyperinflammatory phase during COVID-19: By decreasing the cytokine/chemokine storm, regulating the renin–angiotensin–bradykinin system (RAAS), modulating neutrophil activity and maintaining the integrity of the pulmonary epithelial barrier, stimulating epithelial repair, and directly and indirectly decreasing the increased coagulability and prothrombotic tendency associated with severe COVID-19 and its complications. Available evidence suggests that VDES/VDR stimulation, while maintaining optimal serum 25OHD status, in patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection may significantly reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and severe COVID-19, with possible beneficial effects on the need for mechanical ventilation and/or intensive care unit (ICU) admission, as well as deaths in the course of the disease. The pharmacokinetic and functional characteristics of calcifediol give it superiority in rapidly optimizing 25OHD levels in COVID-19. A pilot study and several observational intervention studies using high doses of calcifediol (0.532 mg on day 1 and 0.266 mg on days 3, 7, 14, 21, and 28) dramatically decreased the need for ICU admission and the mortality rate.
We, therefore, propose to use calcifediol at the doses described for the rapid correction of 25OHD deficiency in all patients in the early stages of COVID-19, in association, if necessary, with the new oral antiviral agents.
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Calcifediol for Use in Treatment of Respiratory Disease - June 2022

Nutrients 2022, 14(12), 2447; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14122447
by Marta Entrenas-Castillo 1,2,Lourdes Salinero-González 3,Luis M. Entrenas-Costa 1,2,4 andRubén Andújar-Espinosa 5,6,*

Calcifediol is the prohormone of the vitamin D endocrine system (VDES). It requires hydroxylation to move to 1,25(OH)2D3 or calcitriol, the active form that exerts its functions by activating the vitamin D receptor (VDR) that is expressed in many organs, including the lungs. Due to its rapid oral absorption and because it does not require first hepatic hydroxylation, it is a good option to replace the prevalent deficiency of vitamin D (25 hydroxyvitamin D; 25OHD), to which patients with respiratory pathologies are no strangers. Correcting 25OHD deficiency can decrease the risk of upper respiratory infections and thus improve asthma and COPD control. The same happens with other respiratory pathologies and, in particular, COVID-19. Calcifediol may be a good option for raising 25OHD serum levels quickly because the profile of inflammatory cytokines exhibited by patients with inflammatory respiratory diseases, such as asthma, COPD or COVID-19, can increase the degradation of the active metabolites of the VDES. The aim of this narrative revision is to report the current evidence on the role of calcifediol in main respiratory diseases. In conclusion, good 25OHD status may have beneficial effects on the clinical course of respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. This hypothesis should be confirmed in large, randomized trials. Otherwise, a rapid correction of 25(OH)D deficiency can be useful for patients with respiratory disease.
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Effect of Calcifediol on Physical Performance and Muscle Strength Parameters: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis - April 2022

Nutrients 2022, 14(9), 1860; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14091860
by Mario Barbagallo 1ORCID,Nicola Veronese 1ORCID,Agnese Di Prazza 1ORCID,Francesco Pollicino 1,Luca Carruba 1,Anna La Carrubba 1 andLigia J. Dominguez 1,2,*
1 Geriatric Unit, Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University of Palermo, 90127 Palermo, Italy
2 Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Kore University of Enna, 94100 Enna, Italy

There is general agreement that optimal vitamin D status is necessary for bones, muscles, and general health, particularly in older adults, who are at higher risk of negative consequences of vitamin D deficiency, including sarcopenia; vitamin D supplementation is proposed as a potential intervention to mitigate sarcopenia. Several RCTs have reported that calcifediol (25(OH)D) was more potent than cholecalciferol in increasing plasma 25(OH)D. The present systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to summarize the effects of calcifediol on physical performance and muscle strength. We searched databases from inception to 1 January 2022 for studies investigating calcifediol on physical performance or muscle strength parameters. We calculated the difference between the means of follow-up vs. baseline data using standardized mean differences (SMD) and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs); a random-effect model was considered for all of the analyses. Seven RCTs were included in the meta-analysis. Calcifediol significantly improved gait speed (SMD = 2.500; 95%CI = 1.768–3.223; p < 0.0001); handgrip strength (n = 5446 participants, SMD = 0.532; 95%CI: 0.305–0.758; p < 0.0001; I2 = 20.2%); and leg extension (n = 4318 participants, SMD = 0.641; 95%CI: 0.346 to 0.935; p < 0.0001; I2 = 18.8%;) vs. baseline values. In conclusion, in this systematic review and meta-analysis, we observed that calcifediol may have a positive effect on muscle strength parameters, with less evidence on physical performance. These data further indicate the importance of vitamin D and, in particular, of calcifediol, not only on bone metabolism but also on muscle parameters and sarcopenia.
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See in VitaminDWiki - Muscle strength improved Calfidediol (a form of vitamin D) - meta-analysis May 2022

Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency with Calcifediol: Efficacy and Safety Profile and Predictability of Efficacy - May 2022

Nutrients 2022, 14(9), 1943; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14091943
by Jose-Luis Pérez-Castrillon 1,*,Ricardo Usategui-Martín 2,3 andPawel Pludowski 4ORCID
1 Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital Universitario Río Hortega, University of Valladolid, 47012 Valladolid, Spain
2 Department of Cell Biology, Histology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Valladolid, 47003 Valladolid, Spain
3 IOBA, University of Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
4 Department of Biochemistry, Radioimmunology and Experimental Medicine, The Children’s Memorial Health Institute, 04730 Warsaw, Poland


Calcifediol (25-OH-vitamin D3) is the prohormone of the vitamin D endocrine system. It is used to prevent and treat vitamin D deficiency. Calcifediol, as well as cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), is efficient and safe in the general population, although calcifediol has certain advantages over cholecalciferol, such as its rapid onset of action and greater potency. This review analyzed studies comparing the efficacy and safety of both calcifediol and cholecalciferol drugs in the short and long term (>6 months). Calcifediol was found to be more efficacious, with no increase in toxicity. We also assessed the predictability of both molecules. A 25OHD increase depends on the dose and frequency of calcifediol administration. In contrast, after cholecalciferol administration, 25OHD increase depends on more factors than dose and frequency of administration, also phenotypic aspects (such as obesity and malabsorption), and genotypic factors impacts in this increase.
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25(OH)Vitamin D Deficiency and Calcifediol Treatment in Pediatrics - April 2022

Nutrients 2022, 14(9), 1854; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14091854
by Luis Castano *,Leire MadariagaORCID,Gema Grau andAlejandro García-Castaño
Cruces University Hospital, Biocruces Bizkaia Health Research Institute, UPV/EHU, CIBERER/CIBERDEM, Endo-ERN, 48903 Barakaldo, Spain

Vitamin D is essential for the normal mineralization of bones during childhood. Although diet and adequate sun exposure should provide enough of this nutrient, there is a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency rickets worldwide. Children with certain conditions that lead to decreased vitamin D production and/or absorption are at the greatest risk of nutritional rickets. In addition, several rare genetic alterations are also associated with severe forms of vitamin-D-resistant or -dependent rickets. Although vitamin D3 is the threshold nutrient for the vitamin D endocrine system (VDES), direct measurement of circulating vitamin D3 itself is not a good marker of the nutritional status of the system. Calcifediol (or 25(OH)D) serum levels are used to assess VDES status. While there is no clear consensus among the different scientific associations on calcifediol status, many clinical trials have demonstrated the benefit of ensuring normal 25(OH)D serum levels and calcium intake for the prevention or treatment of nutritional rickets in childhood. Therefore, during the first year of life, infants should receive vitamin D treatment with at least 400 IU/day. In addition, a diet should ensure a normal calcium intake. Healthy lifestyle habits to prevent vitamin D deficiency should be encouraged during childhood. In children who develop clinical signs of rickets, adequate treatment with vitamin D and calcium should be guaranteed. Children with additional risk factors for 25(OH)D deficiency and nutritional rickets should be assessed periodically and treated promptly to prevent further bone damage.
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Calcifediol (25OHD) Deficiency and Its Treatment in Women’s Health and Fertility - April 2022

Nutrients 2022, 14(9), 1820; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14091820
by Ana Arnanz 1,2,Juan A. Garcia-Velasco 1ORCID andJosé Luis Neyro 3,*ORCID
1 IVIRMA, 28023 Madrid, Spain
2 Departamento de Biomedicina y Biotecnología, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, 28023 Madrid, Spain
3 Academia de Ciencias Médicas de Bilbao, Gynecology and Obstetrics Service, Hospital Universitario Cruces, 48009 Bilbao, Spain

Currently, there is abundant scientific evidence showing that the vitamin D endocrine system (VDES) is a highly complex endocrine system with multiple actions in different regions of the body. The unequivocal presence of vitamin D receptors in different tissues related to fertility, and to specific aspects of women’s health such as pregnancy, undoubtedly implies functions of this steroid hormone in both male and female fertility and establishes relationships with different outcomes of human gestation. In order to review the role of the VDES in human fertility, we evaluated the relationships established between 25-hydroxyvitamin D (calcifediol) deficiency and in vitro fertilization, as well as aspects related to ovarian reserve and fertility, and commonly diagnosed endocrinopathies such as polycystic ovary disease. Likewise, we briefly reviewed the relationships between calcifediol deficiency and uterine fibroids, as well as the role that treatment may have in improving human fertility. Finally, the best scientific evidence available on the consequences of calcifediol deficiency during pregnancy is reviewed in relation to those aspects that have accumulated the most scientific literature to date, such as the relationship with the weight of the newborn at the time of delivery, the appearance of preeclampsia, and the risk of developing gestational diabetes and its final consequences for the pregnancy. To date, there is no definitive consensus on the necessary dose for treatment of calcifediol deficiency in the therapeutic management of infertility or during pregnancy. Large prospective clinical intervention studies are needed to clarify the benefits associated with this supplementation and the optimal dose to use in each situation. Although most intervention studies to date have been conducted with cholecalciferol, due to its much longer history of use in daily care, the use of calcifediol to alleviate 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency seems safe, even during pregnancy. The unequivocal presence of vitamin D receptors in very different tissues related to human fertility, both male and female, as well as in structures typical of pregnancy, allows us to investigate the crucial role that this steroid hormone has in specific aspects of women’s health, such as pregnancy and the ability to conceive. Well-designed clinical studies are needed to elucidate the necessary dose and the best form of treatment to resolve the very common calcifediol deficiency in women of reproductive age
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Calcifediol (25OH Vitamin D3) Deficiency: A Risk Factor from Early to Old Age - March 2022

Nutrients 2022, 14(6), 1168; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14061168
by Roger Bouillon 1,*,Leen Antonio 1,2ORCID andOscar Rosero Olarte 3ORCID
1 Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology, Department of Chronic Diseases and Metabolism, Catholic University of Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
2 Department of Endocrinology, University Hospitals Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
3 Clinical Endocrinology, Asociación Colombiana de Osteoporosis, Bogotá 500005, Colombia

Vitamin D deficiency is the main cause of nutritional rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. There is consensus that nutritional access to vitamin D can be estimated by measuring serum concentrations of 25OHD and vitamin D deficiency can thus be considered as calcifediol deficiency. However, the threshold for vitamin D/calcifediol sufficiency remains a matter of debate. Vitamin D/calcifediol deficiency has been associated with musculoskeletal effects but also multiple adverse extra-skeletal consequences. If these consequences improve or if they can be treated with vitamin D supplementation is still unclear. Observational studies suggest a higher infection risk in people with low calcifediol levels. There is also a consistent association between serum calcifediol and cardiovascular events and deaths, but large-scale, long-term intervention studies did not show any benefit on cardiovascular outcomes from supplementation, at least not in subjects without clear vitamin D deficiency. Cancer risk also did not change with vitamin D treatment, although there are some data that higher serum calcifediol is associated with longer survival in cancer patients. In pregnant women, vitamin D supplementation decreases the risk of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, and low birth weight. Although preclinical studies showed that the vitamin D endocrine system plays a role in certain neural cells as well as brain structure and function, there is no evidence to support a beneficial effect of vitamin D in neurodegenerative diseases. Vitamin D supplementation may marginally affect overall mortality risk especially in elderly subjects with low serum calcifediol concentrations.
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Rapid Nontranscriptional Effects of Calcifediol and Calcitriol - March 2022

Nutrients 2022, 14(6), 1291; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14061291
by Simone Donati 1,Gaia Palmini 1ORCID,Cinzia Aurilia 1,Irene Falsetti 1,Francesca Miglietta 1,Teresa Iantomasi 1ORCID andMaria Luisa Brandi 2,*
1 Department of Experimental and Clinical Biomedical Sciences, University of Florence, 50139 Florence, Italy
2 Fondazione Italiana Ricerca sulle Malattie dell’Osso (F.I.R.M.O. Onlus) Italian Foundation for the Research on Bone Diseases, 50141 Florence, Italy

Classically, a secosteroid hormone, vitamin D, has been implicated in calcium and phosphate homeostasis and has been associated with the pathogenesis of rickets and osteomalacia in patients with severe nutritional vitamin D deficiency. The spectrum of known vitamin D-mediated effects has been expanded in recent years. However, the mechanisms of how exactly this hormone elicits its biological function are still not fully understood. The interaction of this metabolite with the vitamin D receptor (VDR) and, subsequently, with the vitamin D-responsive element in the region of specific target genes leading to the transcription of genes whose protein products are involved in the traditional function of calcitriol (known as genomic actions). Moreover, in addition to these transcription-dependent mechanisms, it has been recognized that the biologically active form of vitamin D3, as well as its immediate precursor metabolite, calcifediol, initiate rapid, non-genomic actions through the membrane receptors that are bound as described for other steroid hormones. So far, among the best candidates responsible for mediating rapid membrane response to vitamin D metabolites are membrane-associated VDR (VDRm) and protein disulfide isomerase family A member 3 (Pdia3). The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the rapid, non-genomic effects of calcifediol and calcitriol, whose elucidation could improve the understanding of the vitamin D3 endocrine system. This will contribute to a better recognition of the physiological acute functions of vitamin D3, and it could lead to the identification of novel therapeutic targets able to modulate these actions.
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VitaminDWiki VIRUS pages with CALCIDIOL etc. in title (6 as of June 2022)

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Calcidiol (bacterial fermentation-derived vitamin D) OK with pigs (perhaps lower cost) - Aug 2022 13 Aug, 2022
Calcifediol (semi-activated Vitamin D) might treat Respiratory Diseases such as COVID - July 2022 19 Jul, 2022
Calcifediol (Calcidiol, semiactivated Vitamin D) - many studies 29 Jun, 2022
Calcidiol 17 May, 2022
COVID test positive 2X less likely if high vitamin D, Calcifediol looking good, etc. – Dec 31, 2021 01 Jan, 2022
Large dose of calcifediol or vitamin D up to 15 days before COVID hospitalization reduced death rates (1.5X, 1.3X) – Dec 2021 04 Dec, 2021
Calcifediol (Calcidiol) is far less cost-effective and available than Vitamin D – RCT June 2021 04 Sep, 2021
Calcidiol (Calcifediol, ampli-D) approved as food supplement by EFSA – (10 micrograms per day) – July 2021 13 Jul, 2021
7X less likely to go to ICU if COVID-19 ward gave calcifediol (semi-activated Vitamin D) – July 2021 08 Jul, 2021
Calcidiol increased blood levels of Vitamin D in one month (dogs) – Feb 2021 10 Jun, 2021
Calcifediol is superior to cholecalciferol (it mainly acts faster) – RCT June 2021 10 Jun, 2021
Cows gave more milk after pregancy if given Calcidiol (semi-activated Vitamin D) – RCT March 2021 06 Mar, 2021
5X less likely to enter ICU with COVID-19 if get Calcifediol (semi-activated vitamin D) - RCT Feb 19, 2021 13 Feb, 2021
Response to weekly Calcifediol in 4 months - RCT Aug 2022 03 Feb, 2021
Is HyD (25(OH)D) a better form of vitamin D for some animals and maybe humans with liver problems 03 Feb, 2021
MATH plus protocol for COVID-19 includes Calcifediol or Vitamin D - Jan 2021 26 Jan, 2021
COVID-19 defeated by calcifediol form of Vitamin D in Spain - pilot RCT Aug 29, 2020 22 Nov, 2020
Calcifediol (Calcidiol) might be a better form of Vitamin D for some people – May 2019 09 May, 2019
Calcifediol (25(OH)D3) may be 4 X better than Vitamin D for fortification – Aug 2018 29 Jan, 2019
Oral calcidiol is a good form of vitamin D supplementation – Aug 2017 22 Dec, 2017
Poorly functioning livers do not process vitamin D (Calcidiol is needed) – Sept 2014 27 May, 2017
Calcidiol may be 5X more effective than Vitamin D3 – June 2012 25 Jan, 2017
Vitamin D3 becomes Calcidiol which becomes Calcitriol 25 Jan, 2017
25-Hydroxyvitamin D3 suppresses hepatitis C virus production – Oct 2012 17 May, 2016
Pigs have about 2X less variation in response to calcidiol as humans do to vitamin D – 2015 07 Dec, 2015
Nano-encapsulated of Vitamin D3, Calcidiol, calcitriol look promising, esp time release – Dec 2012 03 Oct, 2015
Vitamin D and calcidiol are not hormones, but calcitriol is a hormone – Aug 2014 26 Jul, 2015
Vitamin D can be converted into calcifediol by microbes – May 2015 23 May, 2015
Modified release active Vitamin D (calcifediol ) for those with poor Kidney function (USD 10,000 per year) – April 2015 17 Apr, 2015
Patent for combination of vitamin D3 and calcifediol– Sept 2009 10 Sep, 2014
Hepatitis C drug is extremely expensive, why not try Calcidiol (semi-processed vitamin D) - May 2014 07 May, 2014
25(OH)D (Calcidiol) in animal-based food adds about 80 IU of equivalent daily vitamin D – March 2014 18 Mar, 2014
130% more piglets after giving gilt Calcidiol, a form of vitamin D – Nov 2012 21 Aug, 2013
How much calcidiol or calcitriol is needed to slow aging in mice – 2009 02 Jul, 2010

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