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Warding Off Infections with Vitamin-D?

Vitamin D benefits are many and varied. Recently, when Dr. Steve Jones explained these to his audience, awe swept the room. And, it is not surprising, considering that the vitamin controls so much from moods to blood pressure, and immunity.

Details of the OSU Study on Vitamin D Peptide Producing Role:

According to a recent study by Oregon State University, it also leads to improved protection from certain infections. The new model shows how. Multiple tests present that there is a reduction in bacteria that are disease causing, particularly in wounds in the skin.

But, the study just does not bring to pore the potential in terms of preventing infections. It also throws light on its novel approach to work with Vitamin D regulation mechanisms, especially the antimicrobial peptide.

Here, it is important to understand the issues behind Vitamin D deficiency. First, people spend much less time in the sun today than ever before, credit smartphone usage and in-home entertainment. Second, only a handful of foods are rich in Vitamin D. This is what leads to better calcium absorption. But, the good news is that sun shines almost every day for most people.

Now, this study delves deep into the role of the vitamin in its bioactive form in producing the peptide – CAMP. Cathelicidin Antimicrobial Peptide consists of amino acids in a chain like formation, with immune cells. Also, it is noteworthy that the specific gene is extant in primates and rats. But, in rats, the vitamin does not really do much to trigger the peptide.

The team at OSU opted for mice without CAMP and with gene to work with, in order to understand how it really works. And, it took breeding of these mice to achieve the goal.

More details on the study are present in the Journal – Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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