Vitamin D has been in the news a lot lately, mostly because medical experts are discovering how prevalent deficiency in the nutrient is among Americans. Many of these reports stress the importance of vitamin D in maintaining overall health, but few explain just what the vitamin does in the body.
A new study from researchers at National Jewish Health unveiled the mechanisms by which vitamin D caninhibit inflammation in the body, a factor that has been linked to a number of conditions, from diabetes to cancer.
“This study goes beyond previous associations of vitamin D with various health outcomes. It outlines a clear chain of cellular events, from the binding of DNA through a specific signaling pathway, to the reduction of proteins known to trigger inflammation,” said lead author Elena Goleva.
The scientist noted that the findings provide further support for recommendations that people with chronic inflammatory conditions- which include asthma, arthritis and prostate cancer- attempt to achieve healthy blood levels of vitamin D.
In addition to eating foods rich in vitamin D, such as salmon, liver and mushrooms, individuals concerned about their levels of the nutrient may want to consider taking natural nutritional supplements to boost their intake.
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