A new study published late last year has shown that a chronic deficiency of vitamin D can limit the production of B vitamins by our beneficial gut bacteria. More specifically, the researchers found that vitamin D deficiency caused a secondary pantothenic acid deficiency, known as vitamin B5. This B vitamin is important for normal production of the primary parasympathetic neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
To test their hypothesis, the researchers analyzed 1000 patients who had been given vitamin D for 3 months. At 3 months, patients reported improved sleep, reduced musculoskeletal pain, and a resolution of bowel symptoms.
This is a significant finding, considering patients in our geographic latitude are vitamin D deficient for much of the year due to lack of sun exposure. Perhaps this is not coincidental, considering other researchers have shown that maintaining a healthy D levels can minimize Crohn’s disease activity.
This B vitamin production is also important for normal neurological function, as well as to allow for the normal production of cortisol, one of our most important anti-inflammatory and stress-fighting hormones.
Thankfully, replenishing this vitamin is quite simple and inexpensive. Our office carries a vitamin D capsule that contains 50,000 IU. We often recommend taking such capsule twice weekly, which seems to keep most of our patients at a vitamin D blood level between 80-120. We consistently notice that our patients with the highest levels of this vitamin seem to manage autoimmune and chronic infectious diseases much better. The great part…..the supplement costs $8 for nearly a 2-month supply. For more information, contact Stacy at our office, 810.694.3576, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.