Researchers at National Jewish Health Center in Colorado have discovered specific ways that Vitamin D inhibits inflammation in our cells. Millions of people have been found to have low levels of Vitamin D in their blood. In this current experiment, these inadequate levels failed to stop the chain reaction of inflammation in the body. On the other hand, levels of Vitamin D considered adequate did prove to inhibit inflammatory reactions, and the higher the levels, the better the inflammation was handled. These results were reported in the March 1, 2012, issue of The Journal of Immunology.
Here are some excerpts from the ScienceDaily article:
Through a complex series of experiments, the researchers identified a new location where vitamin-D appears to bind directly to (cellular) DNA and activate a gene…..that ….interferes with the inflammatory cascade (chain response).
“This newly identified DNA-binding site for vitamin-D …, and the specific (inflammation) pathways inhibited by higher levels of vitamin D provide a plausible mechanism for many of the benefits that have been associated with vitamin D,” said Dr. Goleva.
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Vitamin D has been found to be beneficial for many health conditions such as increasing calcium absorption, strengthening bones, increasing immunity and reducing cancer risk. According to the National Institutes of Health, vitamin D might additionally play some role in the prevention and treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, glucose intolerance, multiple sclerosis and other medical conditions.
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