Probiotic Supplements Improve Vitamin D Levels in the Body

by Dr. Nithin Jayan on  June 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM Health Watch
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Probiotic supplement increases a person's vitamin D level by more than 25 per cent, finds a study. This is the first time that a link between oral probiotic supplements and absorption of the bone strengthening nutrient is being established; the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 increased circulating levels of active forms of vitamin D.
Probiotic Supplements Improve Vitamin D Levels in the Body
Probiotic Supplements Improve Vitamin D Levels in the Body

Probiotics are live bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available as oral supplements and foods. Our gut is home to more than 500 different types of bacteria; gut bacteria assist in food digestion and help keep our intestines healthy. They are also known to boost immunity. Previous researches had shown that the particular strain of a probiotic, called Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 reduces cholesterol levels in the body. Probiotics are also commonly prescribed to stabilize the gut damaged by antibiotic drugs.

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous. Adequate exposure to sunlight promotes sufficient vitamin D synthesis in the skin. Insufficient vitamin D contributes to weakening of bones, a condition called osteoporosis. Osteoporotic bones are more likely to break. Apart from strong bones, vitamin D is also believed to have protective effects against heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and diabetes.

The current study found that Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242, a probiotic, increased circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels by 25.5 percent in adults with elevated cholesterol levels over the nine-week intervention. 25-hydroxyvitamin D level is the best indicator of vitamin D status; it is important for adequate bone and overall health.

"This study, part of an ongoing line of research in bile metabolism and Western disease, is adding to the body of knowledge on the microbiome and its role in human health," said Mitchell Jones, MD, PhD, the lead author on the study. "Although it has long been known that the gastrointestinal tract plays an active role in the absorption of vitamin D, these findings showing improved vitamin D status in response to an orally delivered probiotic are a first, and will inform the development of new products that may be beneficial for people with low vitamin D levels."

Source: Medindia

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I am a Lymphoma pt. in remission keeping my immune system in normal range first with large amounts Vit. D which has increased my immune system from 3 to 5.2. Labs are drawn every 2 months so this is documented evidence not here say. After taking probiotic capsules for 2 months, 1.5 billion, 2 capsules daily and continuing on same Vit D regimen my Vit. D reduced to 37 however my WBC increased 2 points. Labs have been drawn every two months for past three years due to my lymphoma, so the only time my Vit D level went down was after taking two months of probiotics. Majority of doctors are uneducated in the field of Vit. and minerals but an apothecary pharmacist that also deals in homeopathic products was able to tell me that the probiotics will use the Vit. D. The important thing here is that since majority of population is Vit. D deficient we can't afford to not know that probiotics will in fact in some people lower the Vit. D. level. I was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2010 when my immune system was 3.0 for 4 years and no doctor, including major medical centers could tell me why or what to do. It has now been proven that the Vit. D def. destroyed my immune system that allowed lymphoma to come in the front door. Please remember this can be verified with 3 years of lab results every 2 months. Please review this again when you state probiotics can boost Vit. D levels. Thanks Diane, Registered nurse.


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