NEW study: Vitamin D helps to improve gut function and your immune response

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vitamin-d-test(NaturalHealth365) Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a phrase used to describe a group of conditions, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, all of which involve chronic inflammation throughout the gastrointestinal tract. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than three million adults have been diagnosed with the disease, and it’s becoming increasingly common.  But, the big question is: what does science tell us about how vitamin D can improve this condition?

Well, previous studies have found that vitamin D deficiency is common among individuals with IBD, and lower levels of this vitamin correlate with a more complicated course of the disease and higher disease activity.

In a new study, researchers took a closer look at why a vitamin D deficiency seems to play a part in these diseases and how the vitamin regulates immune response in the gut.

The connection between vitamin D deficiencies and IBD patients

This new study, published in Autoimmunity Reviews, was built on evidence collected in the past that has shown the protective role vitamin D plays on gut health, which is why a deficiency is linked to poor outcomes and greater disease activity. Not only did researchers review the evidence and confirm that vitamin D deficiencies are higher among patients who have IBD, but they also found out more about how this vitamin works in the gut.

Experts believe that leaky gut, which is an insufficient intestinal barrier, is central to how IBD develops.

In addition, research has shown that vitamin D seems to work on the cellular level to help increase the integrity of that barrier, reducing problems with leaky gut.  It also promotes the interplay between the gut’s microbiome, intestinal epithelial cells, and immune cells, helping to regulate the immune response of the intestines.

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Although researchers caution that there’s still work to do to further reveal how vitamin D works in the gut, it once again highlights the serious complications that may occur in individuals with a vitamin D deficiency.

Scientifically CLEAR: There are serious consequences to this hormone deficiency

Beyond its role in the gut, studies also show that vitamin D deficiency comes with additional serious consequences. Being deficient in this important vitamin, particularly if you have blood levels under 30 ng/ml, increases your risk of premature death from any cause.

To be clear: Premature death from respiratory disease, heart disease, fracture, and cancers have all been linked to having chronically low vitamin D levels.

While that may sounds scary, it’s easy to take control of your vitamin D levels to reduce your risk of chronic disease and premature death.  Start by getting 20 minutes daily of direct sunlight so the body is able to create its own.  Naturally, if you live in more northern climates … direct sunlight – that’s strong enough to produce a positive result – may not be realistic.

The fact is: it’s more difficult to produce this hormone (naturally from sun exposure) during the wintertime or if you live in an area that just doesn’t get as much sunshine, on a regular basis throughout the year.  This is where D3 supplementation can help to solve the problem.  Just keep in mind, you’ll need to ensure it’s taken with fat-containing foods for the best absorption since it’s a fat-soluble vitamin.

And, finally (for best results), you may want to consider taking all the cofactors that enhance absorption such as, zinc, boron and (of course) vitamin K2.  Ultimately, if you’re deficient and concerned, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced (integrative) physician before making any significant changes to your diet or supplement routine.

Bottom line: It’s good to know what your vitamin D levels are … so, get a simple blood test and make it a health priority to maintain blood levels of about 50 – 80 ng/ml to protect your health.

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Neenah Payne
21 days ago

Jonathan — It’s great you mentioned the importance of vitamin K2 in addition to D3. Even the most cutting-edge holistic MDs still fail to do that! You may be interested in my article “Eat Natto To Protect Your Heart and Bones!” which was published on Natural Blaze last year at:

The article explains that K2 is required to show D3 how to guide calcium away from the arteries and heart and into the bones and teeth. It also explains that natto is the best source of K2 and that it is readily available now in the US from NY Natto — and doesn’t taste horrible now like it used to!

Thank you for all your great work!

Best regards,

Neenah Payne

21 days ago

Please tell me what why some people are so against synthetic Vit D? I am hearing that it is actually RAT POISON? I have checked and there is some truth to that? I would appreciate any information you have on this, bc, I have taken extra D when sick and I had no problem? It is confusing…): Thx. Evelyn

Dr J Juhl
20 days ago

Three causal factors relate to low serum Vitamin D-25 levels:
1) Living in a Northern Climate, or being a vampire.
2) Not taking a D3 supplement- 2,000 i.u./day is the “No Observed Adverse Effect”.
3) Not absorbing the D3 they are injesting. This is often seen in persons who
a) have had a Cholecystectomy
b) IBS or IBD
c) other absorbtion issues.
The four approaches to addressing absorbtion issues include
1) Increasing the dose.
2) Taking a capsule of Bile salt with a main meal along with the D3 supplement.
3) Trying to absorb a high concentrate licquid D3 thru the mucous membranes of the mouth.
4) Sitting in front of a light box with the adequate intensity and frequencies on a regular basis.

19 days ago

My Vitamin D levels have always been within normal limits, the last one was done last year. I also live in a warm/hot climate and walk outside daily and am out in the yard most days so my sun exposure is fairly high. Do I still need to take a vitamin D/K2 supplement? I have newly diagnosed osteoporosis and weight appropriate and 64 years old….are these related factors to Vitamin D?

Sheila Peña
Sheila Peña
17 days ago

Hi Jonathan. I loved your liver docuclass!!! Thank you for all that valuable information. One question I have for you. After watching Dr. Stephanie Seneff I saw her in an interview with Dr. Tom Cowan. They were speaking about Vit D. She said you should never take D3 as a supplement, only getting it from the sun. I confirmed with Dr Cowan and he agreed. I try to get as much as I can from sun but understand that it is crucial going in to winter (especially this season with the virus). Most doctors are recommending taking 5000 to 10000 IU supplements. This is very contradictory information. Do you have any information regarding taking D3 in supplements?
With gratitude,
Sheila Pena