You are probably aware of the importance of the Sunshine vitamin, vitamin D, in the efficient functioning of the human body, its growth and longevity. Scientific research has also corroborated the fact that persons with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are seen to be deficient in vitamin D.
Chronic Fatigue syndrome is symptomized by a feeling of tiredness and weakness that lasts for prolonged periods of time. Malnutrition has been found to be one of the prime causes for the occurrence of this disease, while stress and illness seem to be other two important factors. Vitamin D has also been observed to be present in lesser than optimal levels in chronic fatigue and orthostatic intolerant adolescents.
Effects of Vitamin D Deficiency on CFS
Vitamin D deficiency results in a number of adverse health conditions in persons suffering from CFS.
Weak Immune System
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients have a weak immune system. Vitamin D helps in relieving the symptoms of CFS by improving the immunity of the body. It aids in regulating the immunity functions of neutrophils and monocytes.
Specifically, it is calcitrol, a form of vitamin D that is responsible for improving the immunty of the body. Vitamin D enables the communication between the immunity cells of the body, namely the B cells and T cells, and phagocytes. Low levels of vitamin D adversely impact all these functions.
Increased Autoimmunity Behavior
Calcitrol not only helps in improving the efficiency of communication within the different components of the immune system in CFS patients, but it also reduces the risk of autoimmunity. It achieves this by blocking the features that lead the immune system into autoimmune behavior. Specially, it inhibits the activity of the helper T cells that aid in the development of autoimmune reactions in the immune system of the CFS patients. Research studies performed on animals has shown that lack of vitamin D resulted in the development of autoimmunity in persons suffering from CFS.
Diabetes, which is one of the major causes of CFS, has a high probability of incidence in the absence or deficiency of vitamin D or calcitrol.
Calcitrol controls the aberrant activity of the B immune cells in destroying the healthy native cells of the pancreas, thus preventing the occurrence of Diabetes, which is one of the major causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Increased Organ System Complications
Vitamin D deficiency results in poor maintenance of organ systems. Low levels of vitamin D in the body result in inefficient calcium and phosphorus metabolism. A deficiency of the sunshine vitamin also adversely impact muscle composition and muscle functioning. Low levels of Vitamin D bring about complications in bone formation and mineralization. The organ systems of CFS patients are already weak and a deficiency of vitamin D aggravates the problem.
CFS patients are at an increased risk of osteoporosis due to inefficient metabolism of calcium in the presence of inadequate levels of vitamin D. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone, in which the bones become dangerously thin and brittle.