Vitamin D and Addiction

MEDICALLY REVIEWED BY KAYLA LOIBL | LAST EDITED : OCTOBER 29, 
2021 
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Health Consequences of Addiction

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction, chances are, you can easily think of consequences that are a direct result of addiction. This can include health concerns, mental health struggles, loss of employment, and problems within your relationships. We will be taking time to talk about some of the specific health consequences that may arise when someone is struggling with an addiction.

You may notice that there are slight differences in the health concerns that can result from alcohol and addiction. For example, someone who uses drugs intravenously is at a higher risk of developing infections such as HIV, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Drug abuse can lead to lasting changes in our brains, lungs, immune system, heart, and other important organs. Drug use also poses a risk for overdose which can lead to death in some cases. 

Individuals who struggle with alcohol addiction are more likely to encounter concerns that result from an inflamed liver. This can include a fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, Fibrosis, and Cirrhosis. Alcohol abuse can have a significant impact on our brains, and impact our ability to function normally. Long-term abuse of alcohol or drinking too much in a single episode can have lasting effects on our hearts as well. This can include the development of Arrhythmias, Cardiomyopathy, Strokes, and high blood pressure.

The medical community recognizes Addiction as a disease. What this means, is that addiction comes from a combination of biological and environmental factors. If you have a family member who has struggled with an addiction, you are more likely to develop an addiction yourself. While this does increase your chances of developing an addiction, it is not guaranteed to happen. 

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Vitamin D and Addiction - New Research About

A 2013 study conducted in Nepal supported previous findings that individuals who struggle with Alcohol Use Disorder are at a higher risk of having a Vitamin D deficiency.  This study found that the Vitamin D deficiency in these individuals was linked to the severity of the symptoms associated with their Alcohol Use Disorder. Specifically, their feelings of guilt, needing to drink in the morning, and relapsing after completing an addiction treatment program.

The rise in the prevalence of opioid addictions in recent years has brought more attention to the research needed regarding the health impacts of the addiction.  One area of interest has been the prevalence of a Vitamin D deficiency, and the impact this can have on drug addiction. A study published in 2021 looked at genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to opioid addiction. Until this study, the only studies available on the topic looked at vitamin D deficiency among individuals with chronic pain and an opioid use disorder.  

This new study included patients that were being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2014 to2016 for an Opioid Use Disorder. The results of this study found that individuals who have a Vitamin D deficiency were more likely to use opioid pain killers.  This makes sense when we think about common Vitamin D symptoms that include pain and discomfort. This study also showed that a Vitamin D deficiency made symptoms associated with Opioid Use Disorder worse in mice. 

Importance of Vitamin D

When we think about Vitamin D, it is becoming more widely known that the sun is the main source of Vitamin D for us. This means that individuals who live in areas of the world with fewer hours of sunlight may be lacking an adequate amount of Vitamin D, as well as individuals who are unable to spend time outdoors during colder seasons. 

Vitamin D can also be found in foods such as salmon, sardines, egg yolks, liver, and mushrooms in addition to the sun. However, for many, this may not be enough. Research has shown that a Vitamin D deficiency can cause fatigue, muscle weakness, and other aches.

Vitamin D also plays an important role in our bone health. Vitamin D helps our stomach absorb minerals, such as calcium, that help our bones maintain their strength. Recent studies have shown a newer trend that individuals with lower levels of Vitamin D are at a higher risk for injuries to their ligaments, tendons, cartilage, muscles, and bones in the lower part of their bodies. This is a continuing point to research, as more evidence is needed to support this finding.

Common symptoms for a Vitamin D deficiency include:

• Being sick frequently

• Feeling fatigued

• Bone pain

• Depression

• Stomach concerns

• Weakness

• Hair loss

• Having bones break easily

Benefits of NANO SOMA

NANO SOMA can also be referred to as Metadichol.  NANO SOMA is found naturally in rice, sugarcane, and wheat. It is a long chain of alcohols that is extracted from sugarcane. NANO SOMA can be used as a dietary supplement and as a topical treatment.  After being consumed, NANO SOMA encourages our immune systems to work harder which has been shown to help relieve physical ailments and illnesses. 

Research regarding the potential benefits of using NANO SOMA is ongoing. Because of the impact that it can have on our immune system, there are several health concerns that could benefit from its use. 

P R Raghauan has published articles describing Metadichol as a Vitamin D substitute. When we think back to what research has found regarding the connection between Vitamin D deficiencies and addiction, there may be benefits to utilizing NANO SOMA. 

As mentioned earlier, a Vitamin D deficiency in someone who is struggling with an Opioid or Alcohol Use Disorder may be experiencing stronger side effects and symptoms than others. While there is still research needed to support this, theoretically, an individual with an addiction and a vitamin D deficiency may see a positive change in their symptoms if they take Metadichol. Without supporting research, there are many questions about using Metadichol with an addiction that comes up. This would include the effectiveness of NANO SOMA in helping with symptoms associated with addiction. 

Additionally, there was a study published in 2019 that talked about using Metadichol for the treatment of liver disease. Liver disease is a common consequence of Alcohol Use Disorder. This study was done by P R Raghauan and found that using Metadichol helped patients with liver disease have their liver’s functioning begin to normalize. The participants in this study had a variety of health concerns that lead to their liver disease, none of which was solely alcohol use. It is important to note that one of the participants did receive a liver transplant after taking Metadichol despite changes in their illness from the medicine due to the severity of their liver disease. The dose of Metadichol that patients took varied from case to case. The length of treatment varied as well. One patient used it for 12 weeks, while another used it for 60 weeks. This study illustrates a potential benefit that using NANO SOMA could have with addiction and recovery.

As with any medical decision, it is highly recommended that you discuss your interest in using NANO SOMA with your doctor. At this time, NANO SOMA is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. NANO SOMA does have an approved patent in the United States for topical treatment of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and other skin concerns.

You can find available products and additional information about NANO SOMA at the MagicDichol Australia website.



Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl

Licensed Medical Health Professional 


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I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More


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