Vitamin D Deficiency

What does vitamin D do for your health? What are symptoms and signs of vitamin D deficiency? (Continued)

  • Decreasing inflammation: Research has shown a decrease in levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, with increased levels of vitamin D to just below 21 ng/mL.
  • Reducing risk of allergies in children and adolescents: A nationwide study of over 6,000 individuals showed that allergic sensitization was more common in those with vitamin D levels under 15 ng/mL versus those with levels 30 ng/mL or more.
  • Decreasing dental cavities: A 47% reduced risk of cavities was found with vitamin D supplementation.
  • Prevention and treatment of depression: Receptors for vitamin D are present on many areas of the brain including the cingulate cortex and hippocampus, which have been implicated in the pathophysiology of depression. Vitamin D is involved in numerous brain processes, making it biologically likely that this vitamin might be associated with depression and that its supplementation might play an important part in the treatment of depression.
Reviewed on 7/14/2014
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