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Vitamin D3 as a Treatment for Disease

Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) is one among the five types of vitamin D. It is secosteroid; a molecule of steroid with an open ring. It is inactive, and is activated with the help of hydroxylations: one in the kidney and the other in the liver, and forms calcitriol, which is activated through a receptor of vitamin D. The receptor is nuclear; it controls the level of synthesis of many enzymes. It is in almost all the body cells.

Vitamin D is significant in countless body functions such as bone health and calcium metabolism. However, researchers have recently been looking for its effects on other tissues, mostly the immune cells. It has been found that the receptors (VDRs) are found in the nucleus of each immune cell, even the antigen-presenters, natural killers, and T and B lymphocytes. Lack of this vitamin has been said to cause such autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes mellitus(type 1), and SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus).

Vitamin D3 supplements help in osteoporosis treatment and health enhancement. It also treats conditions caused by low vitamin D3, like slow parathyroid glands, low blood phosphate levels, or genetic conditions where the body resists parathyroid hormones. Vitamin D3 enhances phosphate recycling to blood by the kidneys, hence maintaining the blood pH. It is also very effective in treating a range of skin conditions and revitalizing the look and feel of the skin. The supplements can be bought over-the-counter. Read More...

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