Vitamin D May Prevent MS - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/12/04

Vitamin D May Prevent MS

You might want to check your vitamin label to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D every day.

A new study suggests women who take the supplement are less likely to develop Multiple Sclerosis than women who don't get a daily dose of D. Researchers reviewed information from two large studies involving more than 180,000 women, and they found even women who got their Vitamin D from taking a multi-vitamin were 40% less likely to develop MS than those who used no supplements.

This study came about after other reseach indicated the flip-side, that women with MS tend to have low levels of Vitamin D. You can get Vitamin D from eating dairy products, fish, oysters, and fortified cereals, and the body makes Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight.

So, how much Vitamin D do you need every day? The recommended allowance is 400 units a day.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system which causes damage in areas of the brain and spinal cord and causes movement problems. The severity of the disability is impossible to predict, but it can be as severe as total paralysis of all four limbs (quadriplegia), partial paralysis of the arms or legs, or mild, but permanent weakness or impairment.

The study was led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and is published in the Journal Neurology.

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