Research shows that a significant number of the population is deficient in vitamin D. This deficiency is often overlooked when it should be a cause for concern, especially to autoimmune patients since low levels of vitamin D aggravates the disease. The vitamin D is strongly linked to abnormal immune functionality, implying that it leads to a deficiency in CD8+T cells, which kill viruses in the body.
Low levels of the vitamin D may lead to diseases such as heart conditions, autoimmune conditions, and depression. This is because some genes in the body are affected by the vitamin. Vitamin D is necessary for the balancing of cell-mediated and humoral immune system responses. It does this by influencing T- regulatory cells. Autoimmunity is linked to the imbalance of these cells.
Researchers have established that serum vitamin D levels directly affects the expectancy of human life and that raising serum vitamin D levels could reduce cancer deaths.
According to studies, there is a significant link between a deficiency in vitamin D and autoimmune thyroiditis. It also shows that the vitamin actively inhibits the development of autoimmunity in animals.
A significant number of patients with Hashimotos’ have vitamin D deficiency. The current daily allowance of vitamin D is 400 IU; however, studies suggest that a much higher dose is needed.
For normal thyroid receptor and immune system functionality, vitamin D levels should range from 60 and 80 ng/L.
A regular check of the vitamin D levels, especially during winter seasons is advisable. Vitamin D can easily be found in foods like eggs, fish, cod liver oil, orange juice and fortified dairy. Sunning at noon could also help boost your vitamin D supply. Insufficient sunlight in the winter months put people living in cold climates at high risk of deficiency.
One should note that absorption of vitamin D is difficult for some patients since they have trouble converting it to its active form.