Vitamin D & Lupus

Vitamin D & Lupus

Posted on 19. Mar, 2013 by in Articles, Nutrition

A RECENT STUDY FINDS THAT VITAMIN D MAY BE BENEFICIAL FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS (SLE), an autoimmune disorder that can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs, causing chronic inflammation.
Researchers evaluated vitamin D’s safety and effects on the immune system on 20 people with SLE who had low levels of this vitamin. After six months, vitamin D was not only well tolerated but there were also no flare-ups during the follow-up period. Study authors report that the individuals needed no modification of existing immune-suppressant drugs, nor any new drugs. Although the results are preliminary, lead researcher Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau says that these findings confirm that vitamin D may play other roles in the immune system and suggest that it provides beneficial effects for systemic lupus.

“Restoration of Regulatory and Effector T Cell Balance and B Cell Homeostasis in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients Through Vitamin D Supplementation” by B. Terrier et al., Arthritis Res Ther, 10/12 ● “Vitamin D Supplements May Benefit Lupus,” www.nutraingredients.com, 10/17/12

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