Vitamin D Lowers Risk of Multiple Sclerosis

Vitamin D supplements may reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune condition causing the immune system to attack the central nervous system. Disease onset occurs in young adults and affects 350,000 people in the United States, but new findings in the journal PLoS Genetics reveal giving infants vitamin D may “switch on” certain genes and lower overall risk of multiple sclerosis; NutraIngredients reports.

Our bodies convert ultraviolet rays from the sun into vitamin D and vitamin D increases the absorption of calcium, leading to stronger bones and less risk of osteoporosis. And getting sufficient vitamin D has been linked to lower risk of prostate cancer and hypertension.

Actually in 2006, Harvard researchers also determined higher levels of vitamin D may protect against multiple sclerosis.

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diane lassen - February 25, 2009 1:15 PM

Vitamin D is finally starting to get the publicity it deserves! I recently attended the Integrative Healthcare Synmposium in NYC, and got to hear from Dr. Holick himself on the state of the D deficiency in this country. I test almost all our annual exam patients and many come back below the recommended 50 score. We have come to fear the sun, and we need it to make vitamin D! Along with protection from autoimmune disease, we see protective factors in cardiovasscular disease and cancer as well. I say take a 15 minute lunch break outside everyday and roll up them sleeves!!

Sara - February 25, 2009 11:18 PM

I don't think sitting outside for 15 minutes will suffice- at least not in the northern part of the US. I'll go with the supplement.

HappyCat - February 26, 2009 10:08 AM

Vitamin D is starting to sound better than sex! It prevents osteoporosis, MS, cancer, colds and flu.

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