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Vitamin D Supplements Promote Faster Recovery for Tuberculosis Patients

Friends, I’m pleased to bring you more good news about the amazing power of vitamin D. There have been so many recent discoveries and studies about vitamin D, it’s hard to open up a newspaper or magazine without learning about some wonderful new benefit of “The Sunshine Vitamin.”

Today, I want to share with you some news out of Queen Mary, University of London, where researchers discovered a potentially powerful new use for supplemental vitamin D. Let's take a closer look...


A New Integrative Treatment for Tuberculosis

When researchers decided to evaluate vitamin D’s potential benefits in regard to tuberculosis (TB), they weren’t breaking any real new ground. For generations, TB patients were often treated with heliotherapy—using the sun’s natural light for healing purposes. This practice seemed to work, but nobody really understood why. Now the science is there to demonstrate how and why it worked.

Indeed, the findings published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) demonstrated that large amounts of supplemental vitamin D delivered in conjunction with antibiotics appeared to help TB patients recover more quickly.

“Tuberculosis kills close to 1.5 million people each year, and many strains of tuberculosis are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics – rendering it untreatable.”


Why Vitamin D Seems to Boost Recovery Time

This was the first study to look at vitamin D’s role within the body’s natural immune response when someone is being treated for an infectious disease using modern methods. What researchers found during their investigation was that vitamin D appeared to tone down the body’s natural inflammatory response—which can lead to tissue damage in the lungs—and enabled the patients to recover faster.

Introducing vitamin D supplements into the treatment plan not only shortened recovery time, it also resulted in less damage to patients’ lungs. According to the researchers, this finding suggests that vitamin D might also be used in similar treatment plans for those suffering from other lung infections like pneumonia and sepsis.

Lead researchers made it clear, however, that these findings are preliminary. It is far too early to make any sort of recommendations for health care professionals directing the care of TB patients. More research with more patients is needed before any clinical recommendations can be made about high dose vitamin D.

To read more about this study, you may click here.

As always, I wish you the very best of health,

Lee Swanson


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