This just in, and posted on my March Top Reads:
Study one discusses Vitamin D's effect on innate immunity through its antimicrobial activation of the anti-microbial peptide and the resultant recruitment of other immune boosting white blood cells.
The second study demonstrates vitamin D's role on the adaptive immune system by it's signaling of an important immune cell, the helper T-cell, which controls activation of other immune players. Vitamin D acts at the genetic signaling level!
For Saratoga.com readers:
Highlights from the articles
As Dr. Geisler said, "Scientists have known for a long time that vitamin D is important for calcium absorption and the vitamin has also been implicated in diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis, but what we didn't realize is how crucial vitamin D is for actually activating the immune system - which we know now."
Danish findings hold practical implications
The Danes say that they believe their discovery may help doctors enhance patient's immune responses and deal with autoimmune diseases and reduce rejection of transplanted organs.