Vitamin D may be a powerful antibiotic forgotten. Recent studies show that vitamin Din the body it stimulates the production of potent antimicrobial peptides in numerous cells of the human body where it directly and rapidly destroy the cell walls of bacteria and viruses, including tuberculosis and chronic infections such as pneumonia, cystitis, etc.
We knew for some time that vitamin D is important for our immune system, since it affects about 3,000 of the 25,000 genes that we have and playing a critical role in the immune response. But now scientists have discovered that vitamin D has an important role as a natural antibiotic not only preventive action, but treatment and care of virtually all types of infections.
Vitamin D is a natural vaccine
In a study the researchers did take the children to 1,200 IU of vitamin D3 daily. The dose is low since usually the children we recommend 4,000 IU per day. However, the results were also only at that huge dosage: children have reduced their risk by 58% influence. An effect 8 times greater than that which is obtained with vaccines!
Why your doctor you've never recommended? The answers are two: 1) doctors are not updated on the discoveries made in recent years on the great benefits of vitamin D. 2) Pharmaceutical companies with their "medical representatives" have no interest in promoting doctors to vitamin D supplements they are too cheap and affordable compared to expensive vaccines that we pay dearly for with our taxes.
Vitamin D fights any kind of infection
Vitamin D is involved in the production of defensins and cathelicidin and other 200 antimicrobial peptides that provide a natural defense against potential pathogens and indispensable in the fight against a large number of infections. The integration of vitamin D increases the cathelicidin production while low levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased incidence of each type of infections.
The recent discovery that vitamin D regulates the expression of the cathelicidin gene, powerful antimicrobial peptide, has generated renewed interest in the use of vitamin D to fight infectious diseases. Studies of the last 30 years have identified several mechanisms for the effects of antibiotics vitamin D in humans. In addition, historically, vitamin D supplements have shown efficacy in the treatment of infectious diseases such as lupus vulgaris and pulmonary tuberculosis, with a powerful action on infectious skin diseases and lung in general.
The improvement of patients with lupus vulgaris with very high doses of vitamin D therapy had a pretty amazing impact in the scientific community. More recent studies with pulmonary tuberculosis have used much lower doses of vitamin D in combination with current antibiotic therapies and the results have been mixed. Indeed, we have noted in a previous article how the dosage of vitamin D should be high to have therapeutic effects, and this does not involve side effects if you are monitoring the appropriate parameters under the guidance of a physician experienced in the treatment with vitamin D.
Studies of other infections suggest that adequate levels of vitamin D or vitamin D supplementation may be very important in reducing respiratory infections and vaginal infections.
In addition, the cathelicidin is effective in combating all infections at any stage they are, killing microbes and eliminating the biofilm produced by pathogenic bacteria to proliferate and resist the action of antibiotics. In addition, the cathelicidin promotes the recruitment of other immune cells and migration of epithelial cells needed in wound healing, thereby greatly speeding the healing.
List of diseases that are related to vitamin D deficiency and improve with its integration
Density of the breast tissue
Levels of C-reactive protein
and periododontali problems
HIV / AIDS
Immune system dysfunction
Inflammatory bowel disease
Back pain (LBP)
Low birth weight
Low muscle strength
nonspecific muscle aches
Risk factors of hospital
peripheral artery disease
Polycystic ovary syndrome
seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Sepsis and septicemia
How much vitamin D to take
The dose of vitamin D is a controversial issue because there have been many scientific studies at different doses and therefore has generated a lot of confusion on the subject so that often are recommended so low dosage that is difficult to have an adequate therapeutic response. I describe the issue in detail in very exhaustive
In summary we can say that in general the dose is 4,000 IU per day in children but if we want to be precise the ideal dosage is one drop of B asic Op eration (250UI) each weight 2kg) and 10.000UI daily in adults.
The supplement is recommended B asic Op eration purchased at the pharmacy for only 7 € for free or through prescription from your family doctor since it is a supplement loanable.
To know if you are deficient or less of vitamin D can be made of simple blood tests that monitor the value 25 (OH) D and must be at a minimum of 30 ng / ml. Considering that 80% of the population is deficient in vitamin D because of sedentary lifestyle and the use of sunscreen in the summer (it only takes 20 minutes a day of sunshine throughout the body to get the daily dose, and then you can use the cream if you want to stand out more during the middle). There are also conditions that already allow you to figure out if you are deficient or not as explained in
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