Is Low Vitamin D Causing Your Joint Pain?

If you suffer from joint inflammation, this easily corrected vitamin deficiency may be to blame

Knee ArthritisThis article originally appeared on Live in the Now.

Are you vitamin D deficient?

After headlines brought attention to high levels of vitamin D deficiency throughout the United States, many studies have looked into the correlations and connections between vitamin D and chronic disease.

Researchers have found vitamin D plays a big role in the health of patients with a variety of chronic inflammatory diseases, especially within inflamed and achy joints.

Vitamin D levels are known to be essential in aiding inflammatory diseases like Crohn’s. Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that specifically affects the skeleton. While many people have never heard of AS, the side effects of AS are more common and include osteoporosis, lower serum vitamin D levels and high levels of a compound called ICTP, which is a component of collagen generated from damaged bone matrix. Within the AS population, serum vital D and ICTP levels can serve as helpful indicators in detecting bone loss. The study underlines the importance of vitamin D for bone health, proper immune functions and chronic inflammation.

While the study doesn’t touch on important limitations like drug intake, dietary calcium, vitamin K, seasonality or even a longer look at vitamin D throughout disease stages, we do know that there is a high level of serum vitamin D deficiency in patients with AS. Since many Americans are already deficient in vitamin D, it’s clear AS patients need even more help reaching their recommended levels of vitamin D through diet and sunlight.

Is vitamin D a new helper to those Americans suffering from joint inflammation?

Maybe. We do know that making sure you are reaching your vitamin D needs greatly improves your health. And if you’re looking for a boost for your achy joints, you can also try these 10 supplements.

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