Excerpt from Science Daily: Vitamin D Crucial to Activating Immune Defenses
"Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that Vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defenses and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin, the killer cells of the immune system -- T cells -- will not be able to react to and fight off serious infections in the body.
For T cells to detect and kill foreign pathogens such as clumps of bacteria or viruses, the cells must first be 'triggered' into action and 'transform' from inactive and harmless immune cells into killer cells that are primed to seek out and destroy all traces of a foreign pathogen.
The researchers found that the T cells rely on vitamin D in order to activate and they would remain dormant, 'naïve' to the possibility of threat if vitamin D is lacking in the blood."
Most people with autoimmune diseases are vitamin D deficient. For example, Hashimoto's thyroiditis - 92% deficient in vitamin D. Lupus - 96% deficient in vitamin D.
Hi redstar , what ammount of vit d should a person with autoimmune dissorder take and what other vits are good to take ? does a multi vit contain less than seperate vits. I must need them. Havnt been tested for vits. Thanks
I see you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I'll send you some info on tests to request for that condition. The vitamin D council recommend between 50 - 80 ng/mL (125 - 200 nmol/L) year round. The amount of vitamin D you need depends on how deficient you are and what works to maintain optimal levels. I'll send you info from the vitamin D council as well. :)
Vitamin D is obtained from sunlight though, right? Including artificial?
And if vitamin D is required for calcium absorption and my calcium levels are in the upper range of normal, then I suppose it would be safe to assume my vitamin D levels are fine.
I'm trying to figure all this out with my routine lab results without having to pay for more specific testing if I don't have to.
So if NK cells are a lymphocyte, then you don't suppose that diminished NK activity would be evident in the lymphocyte or wbc count? There should be a certain amount. I'm referring to CD57+NK cells not the NK+T cells.
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