by Briana McDonald, Staff Writer; Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (UtopiaSilver.com) The number of Americans deficient in the miracle vitamin known as Vitamin D is growing each day. It is estimated there are now a whopping one billion people who are vitamin D deficient. (1) New studies are showing that vitamin d is more than just helpful for helping your bones as it has also been shown to help promote weight loss, decrease depression, reduce the risk of cancers and many types of diseases and now new studies show high dose vitamin d therapy for psoriasis and other skin conditions like vitiligo are showing to be very effective.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disorder that comes with painful lesions affecting an estimated 125 million individuals worldwide and 7.5 million in the United States alone. (2) Although speculated to have an autoimmune origin, other researchers propose that psoriasis represents an abnormal response to the bacterial microbiota of the skin (3).
What Causes Psoriasis?
Scientist have not pinpointed exactly what causes psoriasis but believe rather that it is the result of several factors such as:
- environmental factors (stress, injury to skin, infection, certain medications)
- immune system
Standard Treatment Options
- topical creams for mild to moderate
- light therapy and oral medication for moderate to severe
Vitamin D & The Immune System
The receptors for vitamin D are found in many organ systems including muscles, intestines, pancreas, and the nervous system. Vitamin D is noted as a pleiotropic hormone meaning that it elicits diverse and multifaceted affects in the human body. (4) In fact, Vitamin D alone is responsible for governing the expression of up to 200 genes. It’s no wonder why the growing epidemic we see in vitamin d deficiency has created a host of system issues. It’s also interesting to see the vitamin d deficiency in winter months in correlation to the seasonality epidemic of influenza (but flu shots aren’t helping in that department either). In combination to sunlight, it is important that we get adequate levels of vitamin d from the foods we eat and through supplementation when food and sunlight isn’t enough.
The deficiency of vitamin d is implicated in numerous health issues, but to name a few:
- cardiovascular disease
- fractures and falls
- deadly cancers
Vitamin D is a critical immune system stabilizer and studies have found that people with these chronic health conditions who have their vitamin d levels tested are always extremely low in the nutrient. Studies show that not only does a deficiency of this nutrient worsen disease activity, relapse rates, and clinical severity but adequate supplementation of vitamin d resulted in improved symptomatology and lower frequency of disease onset in autoimmune disorders.
High Dose Vitamin D for Psoriasis
In a pilot study, 35,000 IU of vitamin D3 was administered daily to 16 vitamin D deficient people who were living with either psoriasis or vitiligo for a 6 month period and in conjunction to the high dose supplementation, their diets were restricted in calcium so they wouldn’t have any negative side effects with such a high dosing of vitamin d due to the fact that if levels are too high or too low they could promote soft tissue calcification’s. The daily average intake is recommended at 1000 IU so you can see how this number is staggering.
In 14 of the 16 psoriasis and vitiligo patients, 25-75% re-pigmentation occurred. In addition, lab and clinical manifestations of vitamin d toxicity such as hypercalciuria, hypercalcemia and kidney dysfunction were not obsered in any of the subjects. Researchers concluded that “high dose vitamin d3 therapy may be effective and safe for vitiligo and psoriasis patients.”
- Get Plenty of Sunshine & Ditch the Sunscreen (just don’t stand in the sun too long silly)
- Get adequate levels of vitamin d from whole food sources (6)
- Supplement with higher doses – taking 4,000-5,000IU per day and also using vitamin d in creams
Home Made Psoriasis Butter with Vitamin D
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 4 drops patchouli
- 4 drops roman chamomile
- 4 drops lavender
- 4 drops melaleuca alternifolia
- 1 capsule of vitamin d
Mix together and store in a mason jar! Apply once in the morning and once at bedtime.
- 1. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/disease/vitamin-c-deficiency
- Fry, L., Baker, B.S., Powles, A.V., & Engstand, L. (2015). Psoriasis is not an autoimmune disease? Experimental Dermatology, 24(4), 241-244. doi: 10.1111/exd.12572.
- Finamor, D. et al. (2013). A pilot study assessing the effect of prolonged administration of high daily doses of vitamin D on the clinical course of vitiligo and psoriasis. Dermato-Endocrinology, 5(1), 222-234.