(NaturalNews) People still don’t get it: Vitamin D is the “miracle nutrient” that activates your immune system to defend you against invading microorganisms — including seasonal flu and swine flu. Two months ago, an important study was published by researchers at Oregon State University. This study reveals something startling: Vitamin D is so crucial to the functioning of your immune system that the ability of vitamin D to boost immune function and destroy invading microorganisms has been conserved in the genome for over 60 million years of evolution.
As this press release from Oregon State University (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_relea…) explains:
The fact that this vitamin-D mediated immune response has been retained through millions of years of evolutionary selection, and is still found in species ranging from squirrel monkeys to baboons and humans, suggests that it must be critical to their survival, researchers say.
“The existence and importance of this part of our immune response makes it clear that humans and other primates need to maintain sufficient levels of vitamin D,” said Adrian Gombart, an associate professor of biochemistry and a principal investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.
…What this study reveals is that without sufficient levels of vitamin D circulating in your blood, you’re a ripe, juicy target for influenza (H1N1 or otherwise). If you lack vitamin D, your immune system can’t “activate” to do its job. That’s why people who are deficient in vitamin D so frequently get winter colds.
But people who are high in vitamin D have the nutritional power to activate their immune system so that it can respond to invading pathogens. Crucially, vitamin D also manages to balance immune response and prevent inflammation — the leading cause of death in the 1918 influenza pandemic.
So not only does vitamin D protect you from the initial infection; it also prevents your body from over-reacting and killing you with inflammation (which typically gets expressed as bacterial pneumonia, an infection of the lungs).
The Happy Holistic: If you can’t get exposure to sunlight for at least 20-30 minutes each day, my suggestion is to take 5K (5,000 IU) of Vitamin D-3 every day as a maintenance dose. If you do get sick or feel flu coming on, take 50K (50,000 IU) for three (3) days and you should get over it much faster. Make sure you get Vitamin D-3 (Cholecalciferol) and not D-2 (ergocalciferol), which is synthetic. Don’t continue to take high dosages for longer than three days as too much supplemental Vitamin D can be toxic to your system. This toxicity doesn’t occur with sunlight as our body naturally absorbs only the amount it needs and stores the rest for later use. Remember, just because its good for you doesn’t mean you should stay out in the Sun for too long – too much radiation from the Sun’s rays will still damage your skin and eyes and prematurely age your body. Like exercise, you should build up your sun exposure gradually.
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