Vitamin D becomes the aid for people who suffer from psoriasis
Vitamin D works as an important therapeutic option in the treatment of psoriasis. This disease is known for causing red, itchy scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp. Making everyday life difficult for patients, this skin condition leads to social isolation and even increases the risk of depression.
Having inflammation as its main cause, the disease is considered incurable. Inflammation is caused by external factors such as bacteria, virus, and fungi and serves to fight infection.
“As per industry sources, Psoriasis affects over 2.6 crore people in India and often leads to social discrimination due to its physical manifestations,” says Dr Renu Mathani, DM, FNMN, (USA) Founder of Autoimmunity Treatment.
World Psoriasis Day is celebrated every year on October 29. With this day people are made aware about the disease and improve the access to treatment. This time #NotAlone has been selected as a global theme.
There is a significant association between low vitamin D status and psoriasis and it has been observed in the recent study. With proliferation and maturation of keratinocytes, vitamin D has become an important local therapeutic option in the treatment of psoriasis.
“On this World Psoriasis Day let us look at root cause correction therapies. Megadose vitamin D therapy is the need of the hour which works as defence against autoimmunity.”
A megadose is considered when the administration of doses is higher than 100,000 IU of vitamin D.
“From time immemorial, vitamin D has played a vital role in commanding our whole body into a state of wellbeing. The role of vitamin D goes beyond the regulation of calcium and bone health. Low levels of vitamin D can drastically impact a person’s physical and mental well being. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to various health problems, including cognitive decline, depression, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and cancer,” says Dr Mathani.
“Vitamin D in its active form is actually a master hormone that controls at least 200 genes in our cells. Following the discovery of vitamin D receptors throughout the body, its role in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases is gaining momentum. It is being positioned as the critical aspect in immune system functioning and gut homeostasis too. Vitamin D empowers the immune system against viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms. Vitamin D is not an optional supplement. It is a non-negotiable cellular necessity,” concludes Dr Mathani.
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