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Liver problems: Could low vitamin D be the source? Here’s what you need to know about vitamin D deficiency and liver disease.
0:00 Vitamin D Deficiency Can Cause Liver Disease
0:17 What is the liver?
1:05 How vitamin D affects your liver
2:56 How much vitamin D for liver disease
In this video, I’m going to explain why vitamin D deficiency can cause liver disease. Vitamin D is vital to countless biological functions throughout the body. However, vitamin D is especially important for your liver.
If you have any sort of liver problem—fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, hepatitis—you want to be taking vitamin D. I’ll tell you why in just a moment.
The liver is a very large organ with over 500 different functions. It’s located on the right upper side of your body, it weighs about 3.5 pounds, and it’s about the size of a football.
A diseased liver isn’t always caused by alcohol or viruses. It can be caused by a diet with too many carbs and sugars. A vitamin D deficiency can also cause liver disease.
Here’s how a vitamin D deficiency affects the liver:
1. Hepatocytes – These are a type of liver cell. They have a natural antiviral effect. Vitamin D increases this antiviral effect.
2. Stellate cell – Vitamin D increases stellate cells, which reduces your risk of developing fibrosis.
3. Macrophage – Your liver contains a lot of these immune cells. Vitamin D is vital to their function.
4. Cytokines – Vitamin D stimulates anti-inflammatory cytokines in your liver.
5. T-cells – Vitamin D increases the T-regulatory cells, which reduces inflammation.
6. Enhanced bile production – Vitamin D increases the production of bile, which reduces liver fat.
As you can see, vitamin D does a lot for your liver.
If you have any liver problems, consider taking vitamin D. You may need around 10,000 IUs to 20,000 IUs a day with a meal.
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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.
Thanks for watching. I hope you learned something new about why vitamin D deficiency can cause liver disease.