Tips for Bladder Pain Relief

Vitamin D and Interstitial Cystitis

Vitamin D may have a beneficial role in IC. Calcitriol is best used for IC because it is the active form of the vitamin D3 metabolite, and it modulates inflammatory cytokine expression. Our bodies make vitamin D through a process that begins when sunlight converts a chemical in our skin into pre-vitamin D3 (calciferol). We also get vitamin D from food, including fortified milk products, fortified cereal and fatty fish (e.g. salmon, mackerel and sardines). 

QUESTION – Can vitamin D irritate the bladder?

ANSWER – Studies have found that low vitamin D levels are linked to overactive bladder. Overactive bladder is characterized by frequent urination, incontinence, nocturia (the need to urinate more than twice per night) and sudden, intense urges to urinate. [August 2019]

QUESTION – Is vitamin D good for your bladder?

ANSWER – In addition to immune health, bone health, heart health and cancer prevention, Vitamin D also plays a role in pelvic floor health and healthy bladder control. The pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that span the pelvis in our body. They help to keep these muscles in the correct position.

QUESTION – How does vitamin D support the immune system?

ANSWER – Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient essential to the health and functioning of your immune system. Vitamin D enhances the pathogen-fighting effects of monocytes and macrophages — white blood cells that are important parts of your immune defense — and decreases inflammation, which helps promote immune response

If you are interested in learning more about Vitamin D and the immune system, check out the link below. I think strengthening the immune system can only help someone who has a chronic disease.

“Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in autoimmune disease. Cells of the immune system are capable of synthesizing and responding to vitamin D.  [August 2012]

Remember, before taking any supplements, check with your medical professional. Please click the “follow” button to be notified of new posts! Thanks for visiting.


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