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6 Powerful Health Benefits of Vitamin D

Muscle and Fitness Hers Logo By AMI of Muscle and Fitness Hers | Slide 1 of 2: Colds, flu and other respiratory problems are more common during the winter months, coinciding with the time of year when people are most deficient in vitamin D. Holick says D plays a role in revving up the immune system by boosting the activity of cells that battle bacteria and viruses all year long.In related research, a study in the the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that fluctuations in vitamin D3 levels can affect a skin wound’s ability to heal. "Our study shows that skin wounds need vitamin D3 to protect against infection and begin the normal repair process," says Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and chief of University of California, San Diego’s Division of Dermatology. "A deficiency in active vitamin D3 may compromise the body’s innate immune system that works to resist infection, making a patient more vulnerable to bacteria."

1. It's a Germ Buster

Colds, flu and other respiratory problems are more common during the winter months, coinciding with the time of year when people are most deficient in vitamin D. Holick says D plays a role in revving up the immune system by boosting the activity of cells that battle bacteria and viruses all year long.

In related research, a study in the the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that fluctuations in vitamin D3 levels can affect a skin wound’s ability to heal. "Our study shows that skin wounds need vitamin D3 to protect against infection and begin the normal repair process," says Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and chief of University of California, San Diego’s Division of Dermatology. "A deficiency in active vitamin D3 may compromise the body’s innate immune system that works to resist infection, making a patient more vulnerable to bacteria."

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