It has long been suspected that Vitamin D helps people with Multiple Sclerosis. A recent study shows how taking larger doses are helping people.
Taking large doses of D
In the past, even small doses of Vitamin D was considered helpful for some symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Vitamin D3 in large quantities is considered safe according to a new pilot study that was published by Johns Hopkins physicians in Neurology. A total of 40 people in the study with relapsing-remitting MS were given 10,400 or 800 IU of vitamin D3 supplements every day for half a year.
D could repair nerve damage
Vitamin D was studied and shown to help repair damage to the myelin, which is damaged in people with Multiple Sclerosis. A study by Robin Franklin from the Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute found that Vitamin D helps the myelin sheath that gets damaged by white blood cells with people who have MS.
D deficiency due to lack of sun
There’s a growing understanding that people from certain climates tend to develop Multiple Sclerosis at a greater level, and that could be due to a lack of enough sunlight. Vitamin D offers the vitamins that the sun usually provides to the skin.
Lower amounts of brain tissue loss
A Yale study links shows that people with MS who have higher levels of Vitamin D in their blood show a lower amount of loss of brain tissue. It could be a way of preventing damage to to the brain and brain atrophy sometimes associated with the disease.
You can OD on Vitamin D
Although some doctors have recommended an upper limit of 10,000 IU/day, it’s possible to harm your body if you take more than 4,000 IU a day for a long period of time. But you can’t OD from Vitamin D if you get it from the sun because the skin regulates the amount of D produced by the sun. Vitamin D levels are checked with a blood test.