The all-important nutrient, Vitamin D, may help to reduce some of the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, new research suggests.
Researchers from Pennsylvania State University note that "Anecdotal data suggest that the amount of vitamin D available in the environment either from sunshine exposure or diet may be an important factor affecting the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in humans."
They decided to test the theory in animal experiments by using mice genetically predisposed to develop symptoms resembling human IBD. The mice were separated into 3 groups.
Vitamin D deficient mice rapidly developed diarrhea and a wasting disease, leading to death.
The vitamin D sufficient mice did not develop diarrhea, waste or die.
However, mice who received the active vitamin D supplement had their symptoms of IBD significantly reduced in as little as 2 weeks. It also blocked the further progression of the disease.
Journal of Nutrition. 2000;130:2648-2652
This form of vitamin D is only available as a prescription and it is called Rocaltrol. It is typically used for kidney failure patients as that is where the second hydroxylation occurs to make the pro hormone vitamin active to the real hormone vitamin D.
For those with inflammatory bowel disease who are not responsive to the eating plan this might be something to consider. Additionally I have seen some patients with IBD improve with Probiotics.
How Vitamin D Performance Testing Can Help Optimize Your Health
Additionally, a robust and growing body of research clearly shows that vitamin D is absolutely critical for good health and disease prevention. Vitamin D affects your DNA through vitamin D receptors (VDRs), which bind to specific locations of the human genome. Scientists have identified nearly 3,000 genes that are influenced by vitamin D levels, and vitamin D receptors have been found throughout the human body.
Is it any wonder then that no matter what disease or condition is investigated, vitamin D appears to play a crucial role? This is why I am so excited about the D*Action Project by GrassrootsHealth. It is showing how you can take action today on known science with a consensus of experts without waiting for institutional lethargy. It has shown how by combining the science of measurement (of vitamin D levels) with the personal choice of taking action and, the value of education about individual measures that one can truly be in charge of their own health.
In order to spread this health movement to more communities, the project needs your involvement. This is an ongoing campaign during the month of February, and will become an annual event.
To participate, simply purchase the D*Action Measurement Kit and follow the registration instructions included. (Please note that 100 percent of the proceeds from the kits go to fund the research project. I do not charge a single dime as a distributor of the test kits.)
As a participant, you agree to test your vitamin D levels twice a year during a five year program, and share your health status to demonstrate the public health impact of this nutrient. There is a $65 fee every 6 months for your sponsorship of the project, which includes a test kit to be used at home, and electronic reports on your ongoing progress. You will get a follow up email every six months reminding you "it's time for your next test and health survey."