Vitamin D, it can be obtained from food or manufactured from the skin affected by the light of the Sun, is a weapon which plays an important role in stimulating the immune system.In particular, this vitamin d in weapons t of the body cells, i.e. cells that attack and destroy bacteria and viruses in the body.
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen found that vitamin d is essential to enable the immune system of our body. Without the adequate intake of vitamin D, killer of the immune system (T-cell) cells will be not able to respond and fight a serious infection in the body.
In order t cells can detect and kill foreign pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, cells must be fired first and then processed for a cell that is not active and dangerous of killer cells to be ready to find and destroy all invaders.
The researchers found that t cells depend on vitamin d in the activated of the process. Then the body would be vulnerable if the lack of vitamin d in the blood.
Professor Carsten Geisler of the Department of international health, Immunology and microbiology said when dealing with pathogens, T-cells, these cells will lend a signal or receiving antenna device are known as vitamin D, which will look for vitamin d.
“This means that t cells must be vitamin d or the activation of the cells will stop.” “If cells t cannot find enough vitamin d in the blood, they won’t even begin to mobilize,” said Professor Geisler, as reported by the Telegraph, Monday (03/08/2010).
The results of scientists research, which provides much of the necessary information on the immune system to help regulate the immune response. This is important not only in the fight against the disease, but the immune response of the body and graft organ rejection also.
After an organ transplant, t cells can attack the donors of organs as “foreign invaders”. In autoimmune diseases such as arthritis or Crohn’s disease, fragments of t cells is wrong (the cells of the body to foreign invaders) directs the body to do the attack on himself.
The team of researchers, identify the role of vitamin d in the activation of t cells has been a major breakthrough.
Scientists have known for a long time that vitamin d is important for the absorption of calcium and vitamins has also been implicated in diseases such as cancer and Ms. But what we do not realize is how important vitamin d actually activate the immune system.
According to Prof. Geisler, the findings have been published in the latest issue of Nature Immunology can help to overcome epidemic and infectious diseases.
This will be very useful to develop new vaccines, which works exactly as the basis for the formation of our immune system. And respond to the defence of the natural body in critical situations (as in the case of the transplantation of organs and autoimmune disease).
More vitamin d produced as natural skin exposure to the Sun. It can be found also in the liver oil, eggs and fatty fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel fish, or may come from the diet of add-ins