An Australian study has shown that vitamin D deficiency can cause chronic inflammation.
Inflammation helps protect the body from injury and infection. However, it can be a determining factor in many diseases with inflammatory components (heart disease, Crohn’s disease, type 2 diabetes, lupus, etc.).
According to a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers from the University of South Australia have found a direct link between low vitamin D levels and chronic inflammation.
The scientists analyzed the genetic data of 294,970 people, from the UK’s biobank, to determine whether this association had been proven.
They compared the concentration of vitamin D with C-reactive protein, which is a common biomarker of inflammation.
According to the results, people with high levels of inflammation have high levels of C-reactive protein. However, no evidence of inflammation in vitamin D levels has been found.
Dr. Ang Zhou, the lead author of the study, says: “The liver produces high levels of C-reactive protein in response to inflammation, so when the body suffers from chronic inflammation, it also shows higher levels of C-reactive protein.”
Compensate for vitamin D deficiency
An increase in vitamin D in people with chronic inflammation deficiency can reduce the risk of chronic diseases with an inflammatory component.
In addition, the study showed that a good level of vitamin D helps reduce obesity-related complications.
Vitamin D is essential in the mineralization of bones and teeth and is synthesized by the body under the influence of ultraviolet radiation.
It also helps in the fixation of calcium. They can be found in some foods, especially egg yolks or oily fish.