So how does vitamin D help your immune system? In simple terms, vitamin D helps your immune system stay balanced much like a gymnast walking on a beam. White blood cells make up a significant part of your immune system, but did you know that these cells have vitamin D receptors on their surfaces? Vitamin D is essential to your health and when the nights draw in, the temperatures drop and the sun goes on holiday it is essential that you supplement with the sunshine vitamin.
The role that vitamin D plays in your immune system is a complex one. Autoimmune diseases, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Type-1 Diabetes and Psoriasis, can set in if the immune system becomes too stimulated. Alternatively, frequent infections can occur if there is not enough activity in the immune system.
Many studies have been conducted over the years that have focused on vitamin D's effect on the immune system. All have shown that the people who supplemented with vitamin D over the winter months suffered with fewer colds and flus compared with people who didn't supplement with vitamin D.
As someone who used to suffer with at least one cold or flu in the winter, since I started supplementing with vitamin D (and vitamin C) over ten years ago, I haven't had so much as a sniffle in all that time. So, unless you enjoy suffering (!!!), please give our vitamin D a try!