According to recent researches, normal levels of vitamin D can help in fighting tuberculosis. Vitamin D is important for many reasons. Numerous researches have already been done to prove the connection between normal levels of vitamin D and prevention of diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, type II diabetes, and others. There have been several suggestions that vitamin D can actually be helpful in preventing tuberculosis. We already know that vitamin D can be used as part of the tuberculosis treatment.
Vitamin D protects and strengthens the body’s natural immunity. As you know, your immune system is essential for your health. If it is impaired, the body becomes vulnerable to all kinds of infections. Tuberculosis is just one of them.
Vitamin D is related to T-cells that are actually the first to respond against any kind of infection. These cells produce interferon, which attacks the bacteria that cause tuberculosis.
Vitamin D has been used in tuberculosis treatment for decades. In fact, we could say “for centuries”, because patients with tuberculosis have always been advised to expose their skin to the sun. Vitamin D can be gotten from supplements, too. If there is no enough sunlight, a patient can get vitamin D by using vitamin D supplements. This will be as effective as the natural sun.
Vitamin D has a positive effect on the cathelicidin production that protects the body against infections. Basically, it has similar function to that of antibiotics. If your vitamin D levels are normal, your body will be able to fight against bacterial infections without the need for antibiotics.
Interferon can be helpful not only in fighting tuberculosis; it is effective in protecting the body from all kinds of harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc. Vitamin D and interferon production in the body are closely related, so there is no need to explain why it is important to keep your vitamin D levels normal.
The best source of vitamin D is definitely sunlight. However, if you live in a cold weather country, you won’t be able to get enough sunlight, so it will be wise to visit your doctor and have your vitamin D levels measured. You will get some supplements to use every day (or every week), depending on how low your vitamin D levels are.