Vitamin D deficiency (low serum levels of 25(OH)D) is prevalent in multiple autoimmune diseases, e.g.
MS, TIDM, and SLE.
Because the vitamin D status is highly associated with the risk of autoimmunity, vitamin D has been implicated in prevention and protection from autoimmune diseases.
Can low vitamin D cause autoimmune?
Deficiency in vitamin D has been widely regarded as contributing to autoimmune disease, but a review appearing in Autoimmunity Reviews explains that low levels of vitamin D in patients with autoimmune disease may be a result rather than a cause of disease and that supplementing with vitamin D may actually exacerbate
What is the best vitamin for autoimmune disease?
In that spirit, these are the top nutrients and corresponding food medicines I recommend for people struggling with autoimmune conditions:
- Vitamin A for immune system calming.
- Vitamin D for better immunological function and lower inflammation.
- Vitamin K2 for brain and spinal cord healing.
- Iron to replenish deficits.
How does vitamin D affect the immune system?
Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. The immune system defends the body from foreign, invading organisms, promoting protective immunity while maintaining tolerance to self.
Does lupus cause low vitamin D?
In Lupus, Low Vitamin D Means High Renal Disease Risk. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with higher rates of end-stage renal disease in patients who have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), according to new research findings presented at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.