Vitamin D, specifically D2 and D3, along with sunlight exposure have a positive effect on MS.
It elevates mood, fatigue and can help repair the protective layer around nerves, known as myelin, and has an overall positive effect on the immune system.
It is helpful for all autoimmune disorders.
I shared the benefits of it in the past, when people were in lockdown without sunlight, which is detrimental to health and public health experts didn’t mention it.
It’s worth repeating as inflammation and all autoimmune disorders, including MS, are now known side effects of what public health experts did mention you should do repeatedly.
Here are the best sources for Vitamin D2 and D3.
VITAMIN D FROM FOOD SOURCES:
Nuts (handful of almonds, walnuts)
VITAMIN D FROM SUNSHINE
When you’re outdoors in sunlight, your skin absorbs the vitamin and helps raise the overall levels of D3 within your blood. This has a positive impact on your immune system, reduces inflammation, depression and even lowers your risk of certain cancers. It’s also good as a preventative measure, even if otherwise healthy.
HOW MUCH SUNSHINE IS RECOMMENDED?
15 minutes daily, before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m.
VITAMIN D FROM SUPPLEMENTS
Normal levels of Vitamin D in your blood should be between 30ng/ml to 100 ng/ml.
If you don’t know if your current level or if you are low, you can ask your doctor for a Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3 test. It’s a simple blood test.
HOW MUCH VITAMIN D DO YOU NEED?
For most people, 600 to 800 international units (IU), is the recommended daily dose, which you can get through a combination of sunshine, food, and supplements.
For those with MS, a daily intake between 1000 and 2000 IUs each day is needed.
LINKS TO STUDIES
2021 Apr 9;13(4):e14383. doi: 10.7759/cureus.14383.
Association Between Serum Vitamin D Levels and Frequency of Relapses in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis
Farah Mansoor 1 , Vikash Kumar 2 , Suneel Kumar 2 , Navneet Kaur 3 , Sidra Naz 4 , Simra Shahid 5 , Faryal Anees 6 1 , Sidra Memon 1 , Amber Rizwan 7
PMID: 33987049 PMCID: PMC8110290 DOI: 10.7759/cureus.14383
Free PMC article
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune-mediated inflammatory disease of the central nervous system affecting the myelin sheath of neurons with a wide range of symptoms. Among various risk factors studied that can increase the relapse, vitamin D is also a potential risk factor. In this study, we will determine the association between vitamin D status and frequency of relapses in patients with MS. Material and methods Seventy-four (74) patients with a confirmed diagnosis of MS, with more than one (01) relapse per year, for a minimum of two years, were included in the case group. Seventy-four (74) participants with a confirmed diagnosis of MS with one (01) or no relapse per year, for a minimum of two years, were included in the control group. After informed consent, the patient blood was drawn via phlebotomy and was sent to the lab for vitamin D levels. Results The mean serum vitamin D level was significantly lower in case group compared to control group (18.21 ± 4.21 ng/mL vs. 29.21 ± 5.72 ng/mL; p-value: < 0.0001). The number of participants with vitamin D level less than 30 ng/mL were significantly higher in patients with case group compared to control group (78.37% vs. 50.0%; p-value: 0.0003)
Conclusion In this study, patients with more relapses per year had low level of serum vitamin D. There is emerging strong evidence that vitamin D plays an important role in the pathogenesis, progression, and disease burden of autoimmune disease, including MS.
Copyright © 2021, Mansoor et al.
Conflict of interest statement
Authors declared no competing interests exist.
Radiological Association Between Multiple Sclerosis Lesions and Serum Vitamin D Levels.
Akhtar A, Neupane R, Singh A, Khan M.
Cureus. 2022 Nov 23;14(11):e31824. doi: 10.7759/cureus.31824. eCollection 2022 Nov.
PMID: 36579263 Free PMC article.
Vitamin D for the management of multiple sclerosis.
Jagannath VA, Filippini G, Di Pietrantonj C, Asokan GV, Robak EW, Whamond L, Robinson SA.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 Sep 24;9(9):CD008422. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD008422.pub3.
PMID: 30246874 Free PMC article. Review.
Association of seasonal serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels with disability and relapses in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
Brola W, Sobolewski P, Szczuchniak W, Góral A, Fudala M, Przybylski W, Opara J.
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2016 Sep;70(9):995-9. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2016.51. Epub 2016 Mar 30.
Vitamin D as an early predictor of multiple sclerosis activity and progression.
Ascherio A, Munger KL, White R, Köchert K, Simon KC, Polman CH, Freedman MS, Hartung HP, Miller DH, Montalbán X, Edan G, Barkhof F, Pleimes D, Radü EW, Sandbrink R, Kappos L, Pohl C.
JAMA Neurol. 2014 Mar;71(3):306-14. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.5993.
PMID: 24445558 Free PMC article.
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