Health Tips: Potential Immune Benefits of Strong Vitamin D Status in Healthy Individuals

Research from Boston University School of Medicine shows that improving vitamin D status by increasing its level in the blood could have a number of non-skeletal health benefits. Improvement in the vitamin D status of healthy adults significantly impacts genes associated with cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, and autoimmune diseases. While previous studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk for the aforementioned diseases, these results go a step further and provide direct evidence that improvement in vitamin D status plays a large role in improving immunity and lowering the risk for many diseases.