Vitamin D and the Microbiome

In my last post, one of the studies had a surprise — Vitamin D supplementation alters the microbiome.  I have advocated Vitamin D based on observation studies published on PubMed for CFS — “it improves symptoms, the mechanism is a matter of speculation”

  • “Compared with the other groups, untreated patients with multiple sclerosis had an increase in the Akkermansia, Faecalibacterium, and Coprococcus genera after vitamin D supplementation.” [2015]

That lead me to do a more detail search on Pub Med.

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Bottom Line

Sufficient vitamin D intake impacts microbiome (and been documented to reduce symptoms in CFS see this post). That is, it alters the microbiome in the right way!  If you have VDR, then two probiotics are recommended because of that, Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain GG (LGG) and Lactobacillus plantarum (LP).

If you do not know if you have VDR but have done 23AndMe Dna analysis, there are several pages on the web that may help you to determine that.