Some of the most common and most deadly health conditions in our society can be eliminated by, believe it or not, correcting a nutrient deficiency which plagues millions of Westerners without them even knowing it.
We are talking about vitamin D deficiency, and down below is a list of 8 diseases which have been scientifically linked with chronic deficiency of vitamin D:
Although the real cause of asthma is still under a debate, recent scientific studies have pointed to vitamin D deficiency having a great contribution to the condition. In children, vitamin D has been shown to help reduce the severity and prevalence of asthma symptoms, and can quell the inflammation at fault for restricting airways.
According to a recently published study in the Journal of Investigative Medicine, people with hypertension fared better when their vitamin D levels were stable. Aside from this, elevated blood serum levels of vitamin D were also found to help modulate the vascular inflammation.
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
A large number of studies conducted in both India and Europe have found a connection between low levels of vitamin D and high rates of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis as well as other forms of IBD.
Most of us are familiar with the fact that influenza rates are higher during winter season, which is when the sun is at its lowest tilt, and exposure to ultraviolet B rays is minimal. Based on this information, vitamin D can help boost the immune system and fight flu while keeping the condition in check.
- Type-2 diabetes
A study published in the journal AIDS back in 2011 states that vitamin D deficiency can contribute to worsened symptoms of metabolic syndrome in the case of HIV. Scientists have also discovered that everyone who maintains a health level of vitamin D in their body through regular exposure to sunlight is at lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
- Dental cavities
It has long been debated about the fact that a lack of natural sunlight contributes to poor health. In recent years, scientists have been doing research around poor dental health, and they have found a connection with a lack of vitamin D. Shortly put, optimal levels of vitamin D promote healthy calcification of teeth, while lacking the vitamin can lead to higher risks of dental cavities.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
According to a recent Canadian study, there is a strong connection between vitamin D deficiency and rheumatoid arthritis.
It doesn’t matter what type of cancer we are talking about, cancer in general has been shown to be a condition which affects people with low levels of vitamin D, while people with optimal levels of vitamin D have been less prone to being diagnosed with the disease.