The cure for some of the most common and debilitating health conditions today may be as elemental as simply correcting a nutrient deficiency that plagues millions of Westerners: Vitamin D deficiency.
Here is a list of 8 diseases that have been scientifically linked to a chronic deficiency of vitamin D.
Though a definitive cause of asthma is still up for debate, recent science points to vitamin D, and particularly the lack of it, as a major factor in its prevalence. Especially in children, vitamin D has been shown to help reduce the severity and prevalence of asthma symptoms and may help quell the inflammation responsible for restricting airways and making it difficult for asthmatics to breathe.
A recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine has shown that people with hypertension fared better when their vitamin D levels were increased. In addition to this, elevated blood serum levels of 25-hydroxy vitamin D, a marker of vitamin D, were found to help modulate vascular inflammation and other high blood pressure indicators.
3.Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Many studies conducted in Europe, India, and the United States have identified a link between low vitamin D levels and higher rates of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other forms of IBD. Based on this cohort of research, populations where natural sunlight exposure is limited tend to have higher rates of IBD, and vice versa.
It has long been known that influenza rates are highest during the wintertime when the sun is at its lowest tilt, and exposure to ultraviolet B rays is minimal. This, combined with research, shows that vitamin D helps boost the immune system, and science is only just beginning to recognize the flu-fighting potential of keeping optimal vitamin D levels.
According to a 2011 study published in the journal AIDS, vitamin D deficiency significantly worsens the symptoms of metabolic syndrome in the case of HIV. In the same study, the scientists have also discovered that everyone who maintains a healthy vitamin D levels through regular sunlight exposure (or supplementation) is at lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
It has been suspected since at least the mid-1800s that a lack of natural sunlight exposure is a major cause of poor health. However, in recent years, scientists have pinned specific conditions, including poor dental health, to a lack of vitamin D. Many recent studies have found that optimal levels of vitamin D promote the healthy calcification of teeth, while a lack of this essential nutrient can lead to higher rates of dental cavities.
A recent study out of Canada found a considerably strong association between vitamin D deficiency and rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, those with the lowest blood levels of 25(OH)D were found to be up to five times more susceptible to rheumatoid arthritis-related diseases than others. So, if you or someone you know suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, you may want to have your vitamin D levels checked.
Whether it is breast, cervical, prostate, colorectal, esophageal, gastric, endometrial, ovarian, pancreatic, or renal, cancers of all types have been shown to be more prominent between people with low levels of vitamin D. Conversely, those with the highest levels of vitamin D, or what are considered optimal levels, tend to be the least prone to developing cancer.