HYPOTHYROIDISM – Vitamin D

Vitamin D has been shown to benefit thyroid dysfunction especially in autoimmune-mediated dysfunction.

Vitamin D has many more important roles in the body besides being essential for optimal bone health.Research data shows that virtually every cell in the body has receptors for vitamin D and therefore much higher doses are required for adequate functioning than thought of before.  Unfortunately vitamin D deficiency is becoming a global epidemic with increased risk of a long list of chronic diseases that span all systems in the body.

Although humans can make some vitamin D, most require additional amounts from diet or supplements to maintain adequate levels.  It’s becoming evident that higher doses of vitamin D are vital to support brain, heart, muscle and other tissues activities.  Vitamin D also regulates genes that control cell growth, immune function and metabolic control.

 

Vitamin D facts:

  • deficiency has been associated with various autoimmune diseases
  • it regulates insulin secretion and sensitivity
  • absorption is compromised in leaky gut and inflamed gastrointestinal conditions
  • low levels are associated with excess cortisol
  • absorption is compromised by low-fat diet or in fat digestive disorders
  • absorption or biologic activity is reduced by certain prescription medications
  • synthesis triggered by sunlight is reduced with ageing
  • utilization is affected by inflammation
  • biological activity is reduced in obesity
  • environmental irritants more likely aggravate the thyroid to a greater extent in lack of vitamin D

 

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency:

  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • diarrhea
  • insomnia
  • vision problems
  • burning sensation in mouth or throat
  • muscle pain
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • low immunity
  • weaker bones
  • periodontal disease
  • low levels epidemiological studies confirmed  association between low levels of vitamin D and high blood pressure

 

IMPORTANT!  The interplay Between Vitamin D and Vitamin K2

According to Dr. Kate Rheume-Bleue, ND, author of the book Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox, when opting for oral vitamin D, people also need to consider taking vitamin K2.  Taking mega doses of vitamin D can be harmful if one is lacking vitamin K2.  Through activating K2 dependent proteins vitamin K2 helps to move calcium into the bones and teeth, and helps to remove calcium from areas, where it shouldn’t be, such as in the arteries and soft tissues.  According to Dr. Mercola vitamin K2 is critical for the prevention of a number of chronic diseases, is also vital for women trying to conceive and who become pregnant.  It is particularly important during the third semester, as most women’s levels drop during that time.  Vitamin K2 has no known toxicity.