Vitamin D and the Eye: Uveitis, Macular Degeneration, and Dry Eye

Lack of Vitamin D has been associated with eye diseases like uveitis, macular degeneration, and dry eye. Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to cancer, immune disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, bone pain, depression, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and even dementia. Shockingly, more than 40% of the US population is Vitamin D deficient. The … Continue reading “Vitamin D and the Eye: Uveitis, Macular Degeneration, and Dry Eye”

Genetic Variant and Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Macular Degeneration

Women with specific genes may be more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) if they are deficient in Vitamin D, according to new research in JAMA Ophthalmology. The genetic variant (Y402H) studied is the complement factor H gene, called CFH for short. The genes in question are related to the immune system. The development … Continue reading “Genetic Variant and Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Macular Degeneration”

Vitamin D Protects Against Bloodstream Infection

In a recent study, hospital patients with higher levels of the vitamin were less likely to develop hospital-acquired bloodstream infection (HABSI). This protective effect of vitamin D is an important finding. Boston researchers collected data from 2,135 patients of Boston hospitals from 1993 to 2010. The men and women had vitamin D levels measured before … Continue reading “Vitamin D Protects Against Bloodstream Infection”

Reduced Vitamin D Levels and Flu Outbreaks

Diminished vitamin D levels may be linked to the spread of the flu. Research found that nonpandemic influenzas occur primarily in temperate regions and in winter when the skin’s vitamin D formation due to sun exposure is low. Influenza seasonality is seldom observed in tropical regions. Although an initial pandemic can start in any season, … Continue reading “Reduced Vitamin D Levels and Flu Outbreaks”

Vitamin D, Curcumin, Soy & Resveratrol Fight Cancer

Vitamin D A recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that Vitamin D may have cancer-fighting properties. At the same time, ironically, Vitamin D deficiency is becoming increasing prevalent in the United States due to fear of the harmful effects of sun and poor nutrition. Excessive sun exposure is a … Continue reading “Vitamin D, Curcumin, Soy & Resveratrol Fight Cancer”

Vitamin D Linked to Lower Macular Degeneration Risk

Women under 75 | Annual Survey | Vitamin D3 | D Sources Vitamin D – and the fact that so many people are deficient in this vital compound – has been in the news a lot lately.  A lack of vitamin D has been linked to asthma in children, the development of cancers, cognitive impairment, and increased risk of cardiovascular … Continue reading “Vitamin D Linked to Lower Macular Degeneration Risk”

Vitamin D Helps Boost Immunity to Colds

A new study reinforces the role that Vitamin D plays in preventing colds and other respiratory tract infections. Researchers using data from 18,883 participants in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that Vitamin D could boost immunity to colds, even after adjusting for demographic and clinical factors such as season, body mass index, … Continue reading “Vitamin D Helps Boost Immunity to Colds”