The role and evolution of Vitamin D has been the focus of a study performed by researchers at Oregon State University and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Originally published in the journal BMC Genomics, this fascinating new research expands our current understanding of the role that Vitamin D plays in our overall health.
Vitamin D has been known to be important in the health of our skin, bones, and calcium absorption. The new study identifies additional roles that Vitamin D plays in our health to properly regulate immune responses as well. The study focuses on the regulation of anti-bactericidal proteins through Vitamin D. This immune response has been preserved over millions of years in primates, including humans, and indicates an important role in the survival of the species.
For more information about this new research and the impact to our current understanding of the importance that Vitamin D plays in our health, please see http://www.news-medical.net/news/20090819/Research-study-highlights-the-biological-importance-of-Vitamin-D-in-humans-and-other-primates.aspx.