Study Finds Important Interaction Between Vitamin D And DNA

0 Shares

Study finds important interaction between vitamin D and DNARecent research has indicated that vitamin D may play a role in many areas of health. Studies have shown that it benefits heart health, decreases the risk of developing mood disorders and contributes to the health of muscles and joints.

However, a new study from Oxford University researchers has shown that the impact of vitamin D may go deeper than that. They found that the nutrient interacts with DNA influencing the development of many chronic diseases.

A chain of DNA has receptors for vitamin D at the same locations as many of the genes that are associated with birth defects and chronic illnesses. Andreas Heger, who led the investigation, said that it may be particularly important for women who expect to soon become pregnant to maintain high levels of the nutrient.

"Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy and the early years could have a beneficial effect on a child’s health in later life," Heger said. "Some countries such as France have instituted this as a routine public health measure."

The study noted that natural vitamin D produced by the sun is the most desirable option. However, if this is not an option, nutritional supplements may also be beneficial.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19930891-ADNFCR

Personal Liberty

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to yousoundoff@personalliberty.com by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.