what is it?
where to get it
- typefat soluble
- sourcediet, skin
- other namescalciferol, cholecalciferol
your body can create vitamin D with assistance from the sun
some foods such as milk and fish contain vitamin D
Vitamin D can also be obtained from dietary supplements
Why Vitamin D Might Play a Role
Many know that Vitamin D helps grow strong bones. Did you know that it also affects a wide range of functions throughout the body including immunity, muscle function, and possibly even cancer risk? Some studies have shown that Vitamin D may play a key role in the development of Multiple Sclerosis.
what is it
Body System affected
brain & Spinal cord
age at diagnosis
MS is typically diagnosed in early adulthood
about 2.2 million people have multiple sclerosis worldwide
Geography & Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis tends to be more common in regions that receive less sunlight. Scientists theorized that vitamin D may play a role in Multiple Sclerosis risk.
Why this matters
This study shows that the amount of Vitamin D in your blood correlates with your Vitamin D risk if you are White. Interestingly, this same effect was not found in African Americans.
Why this matters
This study suggests that taking vitamin D supplements may correlate with a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis. This is just a correlation, but it suggests that supplementation may be worthwhile if you don't get enough sunlight.
There is evidence supporting that Vitamin D levels and Vitamin D supplement intake may correlate with Multiple Sclerosis risk. As with all observational studies, we can't yet determine whether Vitamin D causes a reduction in risk.