A Link between Deficiency of Vitamin D and Arthritis

deficiency-vitamin-dMillions people suffer from this painful illness – rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and the cause for it is still not known. Some studies have shown this arthritis to be due to low level of vitamin D in the bodies than normal people have linked to activities regarding arthritis.

The most common 2 types of arthritis

There exist more than 100 types of arthritis that are identified but these two are the most serious of all:

  1. Osteoarthritis – this type comes with old age and aging and symptoms are chronic pains in the joints. This is a theory of bi-product because of joint overuse during life. Athletes and sport people suffer from it or those with jobs needing repetition of movements of the joints for load (spine, elbows, knees and hips)
  2. Rheumatoid arthritis – this arthritis can cause inflammation on all joints.

It is an autoimmune illness and still people try to understand it. Sever pain is located in the chronically inflamed joints that can even reach deformity level. Even 75% of affected people are women.


Vitamin D

This vitamin is good for the whole general health and has a purpose of making the lungs, heart, muscles and brain work properly. From sunlight, the body can produce this vitamin naturally.

The deficit of this vitamin is more normal than you think it is. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition even considers it a world problem like pandemic even. The deficit of vitamin D can cause 12 diseases among one of which is dementia! The vitamin D levels is one healthy habit to maintain among the 70 mentioned in the e-book 70 powerful habits for a great health, that directs you to change lifestyle.

Those that had high vitamin D levels had less heart problems, obesity or depression. Cancer risk was lowered too.

Rheumatoid arthritis and vitamin D link research

Study 1

One study from the journal Rheumatology said that vitamin D levels are always linked to diseases, inflammations and cytokines (small protein) also loss of bone tissue with such patients.

According to this, the deficit of this vitamin is noticeable in patients that have rheumatoid arthritis since it can be caused by the lack of vitamin D.

Professionals don’t have a sharp answer why does this vitamin has such a role for us, apart from metabolization of calcium. However, they know this: never let D get too low in the body, unless you are prepared for such problems.

Study 2

One study from Boston University professionals made a discovery for the Journal Environmental Health Perspectives – there was a link between low vitamin D and high rheumatoid activity.

It was mentioned how this D is naturally made in the body from sunlight or UV rays, so people in warm climates are healthier of course since they get more sunlight.

The researchers from Boston University made a conclusion about the percent of people who had symptoms of this rheumatoid arthritis from the North East in USA. There people have less sun than other USA parts that had a lot of sun, more than the actual so called sun-states.

Dr. Veronica Vieira, MS, concluded that women in Vermont, Southern Maine or New Hampshire are more prone to this disease and diagnosis.

The north latitudes are of higher risk and since they have less sun they are the target for deficit of vitamin D.


How can you increase vitamin D levels?

If you suffer from this, do some steps to increase this vitamin.

  1. More sun – of course, logically, get more UV and sun. a regular Caucasian person in the middle of the day, can get enough vitamin D for the whole day before the skin turns pinkish or red burned. Also, people with darker tan can get darker more easily but still have troubles absorbing enough sunrays.

Also too much tanning wrinkles the skin and creates skin cancer.

More skin exposed equals more vitamin D amounts made. Of course, use UV protections since some skin areas burn easier than others. If you live in a warm country, you will not worry so much about this. But if you live in a cold climate, start worrying.

  1. More foods with vitamin D naturally- for cold climate people, this is the next possible step of action. The daily dose is 400-600 IU daily, but some even say that 4000 IU is needed for those with rheumatoid arthritis. Of course, talk with the doctor first.
Here are examples to purchase:
  • Cod liver oil (capsules)
  • Oily fish (tuna and salmon) this oil on daily basis also reduces risk of breast cancer
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Extra lean ham
  • Hard boiled eggs
  1. Supplements – when nothing from above works, you can take supplements of course. There are many vitamins that give you daily proper vitamin D dose in low and high amounts.

Before anything, talk with the doctor first to see what is safe.


If you have rheumatoid arthritis, low vitamin D will worsen up the situation so pay close attention. Millions have the same problem so you’re not alone.


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