Vitamin D – An Effective Therapeutic Agent to Prevent or Treat Sinus

“Nearly all chronic sinusitis is caused by fungi, but blamed on bacteria – then mistreated using antibiotics,” says Joseph Mercola, MD, a nutrition specialist, who is also the founder of Mercola.com, the world’s most visited natural health website.

His statement is based on Mayo Clinic’s research-based evidences from the 1990s, which most physicians are still unaware of. He adds that other studies have found that vitamin-D, the ‘sunshine’ vitamin, can help your body in naturally defending it against fungal/mold infections.

Ninety six percent of chronic sinus patients are “fungal sensitized”. That is, they experience immune responses triggered by inhaled fungus, the common species being Aspergillus fumigatus. But, since they are mistreated it with antibiotics, the problem worsens. For, antibiotics destroy the natural biological terrain of the body, and create a favorable environment for further fungal growth.

Aspergillus fumigatus, though is common at homes, is harmless for healthy individuals. But, for individuals with asthma, lung disease, or weakened immune system, it can cause a serious allergic reaction.

An effective therapeutic agent to prevent or treat allergy to respiratory diseases is vitamin-D. Studies found that heightened reactivity of Th2 (the hormonal messengers of T-helper cells that generate an allergic response) is associated with a lower average vitamin-D level in blood.

Additionally, sufficient vitamin D is also vital for your immune system’s proper functioning. One way by which vitamin-D strengthens your immune system is, it enables your body to produce more than 200 anti-microbial peptides which help suppress all kinds of infections.

This discovery is an addition to the list of vitamin-D’s positive impacts on non-bone related diseases.

Current studies say that you need some 35 IU’s of vitamin D per pound of body weight. So, get your daily dose of vitamin D from safe sun exposure, or by using a safe tanning bed. If both of these are not your options, go for oral vitamin-D supplements.

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