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Vitamin D Decreases Inflammation Linked to Obesity

Brian Turner

Posted on January 16 2017

Vitamin D is synthesized in the body in a reaction involving sunlight. It can also be consumed in the diet by eating fatty fish, mushrooms and supplements. Low vitamin D levels are linked to poor bone health, muscle weakness, deficiencies in reproductive hormones, low aerobic capacity and increased body mass index (the proportion of weight to height). A review of literature led by Aaron Slusher from the University of Virginia concluded that increased body fat absorbed vitamin D, which decreased its availability in blood. While supplementing vitamin D reduces markers of inflammation, such as C-reactive protein, reducing body fat through diet and exercise might increase vitamin D levels and decrease inflammation. (Inflammation Research, 64: 565-575, 2015)