Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Vitamin D helps protect skin

Vitamin D3 Provides Skin With Protection From Harmful Microbes ScienceDaily 2/12/07 "A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine shows that fluctuations in Vitamin D3 levels control the body's innate immune response, affecting a skin wound's ability to heal... Gallo and his colleagues look at how the innate immune system is controlled in the skin, and find that genes controlled by active vitamin D3 play an essential role in the process..."Our study shows that skin wounds need vitamin D3 to protect against infection and begin the normal repair process," said Gallo. "A deficiency in active D3 may compromise the body's innate immune system which works to resist infection, making a patient more vulnerable to microbes." ...an antimicrobial peptide called cathelicidin is produced by wounds and is necessary to fight infections. Recently, several studies have begun to link vitamin D to cathelicidin"

Could vitamin D3 do anymore for our health? Talk about a work horse. I'm sure researchers will indeed discover more benefits in time.

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