A deficiency in vitamin D may worsen an autoimmune disease. Recent estimations indicate that about 85% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. Wide ranges of diseases tie back to the levels of vitamin D. These conditions include; heart conditions, autoimmune diseases, and depression. Vitamin D affects genes ranging from 3000 to 30000.
A deficient leads to improper functioning of the immune system. This implies that there will be no CD8+ cells, which are responsible for killing viruses. Furthermore, there are inadequate T-regulatory cells responsible for keeping the immune system balanced. T-regulatory cells regulate the differentiation and expression of Th-1 (cell mediated) and Th-2 (humoral), where an imbalance links with autoimmunity.
A research by the medical community reports that the levels of serum vitamin D in the body affect life expectancy. Furthermore, Dr. William Grant, Ph.D proposes that Vitamin D serum can prevent nearly 30% of cancer deaths annually. Raising of serum Vitamin D levels increases this chance.
Recent studies have shown that Vitamin D prevents autoimmunity development in animals and there is a link between its deficiency and autoimmune thyroiditis. According to a Turkish study, Hashimoto’s patients (92%) were Vitamin D deficient. This means the vitamin D dosage should increase from the current dosage of 400 IU (daily allowance).
In individuals with autoimmune condition, the serum level is 1.25 (OH) 2D3. This is lower than in conditions of autoimmune hypothyroidism. For optimal thyroid receptors, levels of vitamin D should range from 60-80 ng/L, the level should also be similar for immune system function.
In summer, people’s desire to get the right amount of Vitamin D has received challenges from sunscreen prevention and skin cancer awareness. Vitamin D is present in; cod liver oil, eggs, oranges, dairy, and fish .People should note that everyone has the ability to absorb vitamin D. Abnormalities in absorption signals presence of other autoimmune conditions, EBV, or other pathogens that attack the vitamin D receptor.