Vitamin D and chronic diseases

Vitamin D and chronic diseases

Vitamin D is essential for the proper functioning of our immune system. It is an important element in the prevention and treatment of autoimmune diseases, cancer and other chronic diseases. With the proper concentration of vitamin D in the blood, our body is able to produce its own antibiotic! In addition, you will not meet a person suffering from cancer, whose level of vitamin D in the blood would be normal.Vitamin D is essential for the proper functioning of our immune system. It is an important element in the prevention and treatment of autoimmune diseases, cancer and other chronic diseases. With the proper concentration of vitamin D in the blood, our body is able to produce its own antibiotic! In addition, you will not meet a person suffering from cancer, whose level of vitamin D in the blood would be normal.

Vitamin D must be produced by the body or taken in appropriately high doses to properly support our immune system. The recommended dose of vitamin D3 is determined by several factors, including level of vitamin D3 in the blood (blood test of metabolite 25(OH), norm: 50 to 70 ng/ml, do not exceed the level 100ng/ml), climate zone where we live, the current season, as well as our health condition. From my knowledge and experience, it seems that for a “healthy” person living in Poland (or South United Kingdom) , it is worth applying a dose of 10,000 IU (International Units) vitamin D3 daily in the months from October to March and 5,000 IU daily from April to September. In proper conditions, the human body is capable of producing 20,000 units a day, which is why supplementation of 10,000 units per day is considered as safe.

During supplementation with vitamin D3, it is necessary to take also vitamin K2 (dose: 100-200 mcg per day, preferably in the form of MK-7). In addition, you need to remember to take vitamin D3 after a meal containing fat (or just with a teaspoon of good quality oil). It is also worth checking the level of vitamin D3 every 2-3 months by performing a blood test of metabolite 25(OH).

Of course, the best source of vitamin D3 is the sun, especially UVB. Sun baths are best carried out in the summer between 11 am and 2 pm, without any sunscreen, for about 10-30 minutes (depending on the type of skin, until it is red). Vitamin D produced on the skin needs about 48 hours to absorb, so if possible, do not wash the skin after the sun bath. If we can expose on the sun larger areas of the body every day, then there is no need for supplementation. The vitamin D produced by the sun stays in the blood two to three times longer than from the supplements.

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