Vitamin D Needed to Prevent Serious Liver and Nerve Problems

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Your liver and your brain are the two fattiest organs in your body by dry body weight. It is not surprising that fat soluble antioxidants and fat metabolism nutrients like tocotrienols, lipoic acid, pantethine, silymarin, acetyl-l-carntine, and choline are of profound benefit to both organs. Several new studies show that the fat-soluble nutrient vitamin D is also of immense importance.

The first study looked at patients with cirrhosis of the liver1. Over 85% of cirrhosis patients were lacking vitamin D. Regardless of the cause of the cirrhosis those with the lowest vitamin D had the worst prognosis.

Another study showed that almost all patients presenting with Parkinson’s disease2 have low vitamin D.

Vitamin D is the single most important vitamin for what is called immune system tolerance. In other words, vitamin D status is associated with the ability to keep the fire in the fireplace. Without vitamin D the fire can simple jump out of the fireplace and cause unrestricted damage. In this analogy the fire is inflammation. Thus, when a person is under nerve stress and/or liver stress then an inflammatory event is occurring. In health that inflammation is health with effectively. If problems are ongoing then wear and tear magnify.  If a person is also vitamin D deficient, then the inflammation can wreak havoc.

Vitamin D is the foundation for immune system stability and preventing the immune system from developing autoimmune and excessive inflammatory problems. The failure to have adequate vitamin D can set the stage for making a mountain out of a molehill.


Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Vitamin D Deficiency in Cirrhosis  World Journal of Gastroenterology,  1.Malham M, Jørgensen SP, Ott P, Agnholt J, Vilstrup H, Borre M, Dahlerup JF
  2. ^ Vitamin D Lacking in Parkinson’s Patients  Arch Neurol,  Marian L. Evatt; Mahlon R. DeLong; Meena Kumari; Peggy Auinger; Michael P. McDermott; Vin Tangpricha; for the Parkinson Study Group DATATOP Investigators.

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