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A Dose of Sunshine Helps Cure Tuberculosis

Sep 4th, 2012
Staff Writer

Sunshine alone speeds recovery.One of the rarest vitamins to find in foods is also one that can be produced by the human body with nothing more than sunshine, Vitamin D is known for its host of health benefits, and one more can be added to the list.

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on September 4th, 2012, scientists from a variety of English universities investigated a new kind of treatment for Tuberculosis: a disease that infects 9 million people every year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

TB is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacteria that usually attacks the lungs, kidney or nervous system. The investigation, led by Anna Coussens of London’s National Institute for Medical Research, tested the effects of Vitamin D injections for persons receiving antimicrobial therapy for pulmonary tuberculosis.

The high-dose Vitamin D administration affected several indicators of the disease. Reduced lymphatic infection and inflammation were among the list of benefits seen in subjects receiving Vitamin D supplementation. The nutrient diminished the negative physiological responses of antimicrobial therapy.

By receiving ultraviolet radiation (merely being in the sun), the body is able to generate stronger bones, cells and immune-response because of Vitamin D. This study indicates that patients recovering from Tuberculosis also benefit from exposure to the sun. Of all essential nutrients, Vitamin D might be the easiest to obtain; the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle now includes a cure for one of the world’s deadliest diseases.