Vitamin D: A d-lightful health supplement: Part II

Gerard E. Mullin, Laura K. Turnbull, Kasia Kines

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Abstract

Vitamin D receptors are expressed on a wide variety of tissues, including immune cells. Polymorphisms of their genes have been linked to a number of diseases, including IBD and colorectal cancer. Vitamin D insufficiency has been reported to occur in up to 75% of individuals with Crohn's disease and 35% of patients with ulcerative colitis. Vitamin D counteracts Th1 responses, which drive proinflammatory pathways in IBD. Studies have shown a consistent link between the presence of vitamin D and either improved parameters or delayed development of colitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)738-740
Number of pages3
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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