Vitamin D and the Immune System
Vitamin D, also known as Calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin that is very important for health. Especially, for the formation of bones, absorption of calcium at the intestinal level and to strengthen the immune system. The latter represents our body's natural defense against bacteria, infections and viruses.
HOW VITAMIN DA HELP OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.
The immune system is our body's natural defense. Which is made up, in its first line of attack, by macrophages and dendritic cells. Vitamin D stimulates this first defense mechanism of the immune system to react in case of aggression. As, for example, in the case of fungi, bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are harmful to health.
On the other hand, it increases the synthesis of antimicrobial agents and increases the number of lymphocytes, generating an anti-inflammatory effect. Therefore, it is used for the prevention of respiratory diseases of viral and bacterial origin.
In this sense, at a global level, a daily intake of between 400UI and 2000UI of vitamin D has been recommended. The idea is to strengthen the immune system, especially as a preventive measure in these times of the COVID-19 pandemic.
*For information, Immune Glory from Glorioso Super Nutrients contains 500 IU of vitamin D at the recommended dose of 20g/day.
CONSEQUENCES OF VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY.
Vitamin D deficiency can cause a loss of bone density and, consequently, lead to osteoporosis and/or rickets. Furthermore, it is likely that a significant deficiency of vitamin D can lead to osteomalacia. In general, this translates into weak bones, pain in the skeletal system, and muscle weakness.
Additionally, some studies attempt to associate vitamin D deficiency with different medical conditions, such as:
- High blood pressure.
- Multiple sclerosis.
HOW OUR BODY ABSORBS VITAMIN D.
Vitamin D can be absorbed mainly in three ways:
- Through solar rays (UV) through direct exposure to the sun.
- Through the consumption of foods rich in vitamin D. such as: fatty fish, eggs, avocados, mushrooms, milk, among others.
- Through contributions through vitamin supplements.