Vitamin D

Multiple sclerosis and vitamin D connection makes winter sun essential

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by: Katie Brind''Amour
Tags: multiple sclerosis, vitamin D, sun exposure

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more
Monsanto's seed imperialism halted in Canada thanks to massive protests
Delicious
(NaturalNews) A recent review on environmental risk factors for multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disorder, summed up a world of scientific evidence on the potential impact of latitude and vitamin D levels on the development of this life-changing illness. Researchers have long suspected a connection between environmental factors (such as gender, Epstein Barr Virus, smoking, and sun exposure) and MS rates, and recent efforts at identifying causal pathways for these relationships are gaining ground.

The visual difference in MS rates with vitamin D levels, sun exposure, and latitude is striking; prevalence is noticeably linked to MS rates in many countries. Clinical trials are beginning to study the vitamin D and MS connection in greater depth, and the increased attention for environmental risk factors will undoubtedly fan the flame.

What does this connection mean for you?

If you live in an area with limited sun exposure or if you are at increased genetic risk of developing MS, consider discussing vitamin D supplements or increased sun exposure with your healthcare provider. Many individuals living at high latitudes may experience vitamin D deficiencies during the winter months - a simple blood test will reveal vitamin D levels in the system.

If sun exposure or over-the-counter supplements are not an option, work on increasing your vitamin D levels through diet.

Vitamin D is naturally found in seafood items like salmon, tuna, cod liver oil, and swordfish. Egg yolks and cooked beef liver are other natural sources of this critical nutrient. Vitamin D is also frequently added to foods and drinks as a supplement. Many brands of orange juice, milk, yogurt, cheese, and cereal are fortified with vitamin D.

Although sufficient vitamin D can be obtained through food and supplements, getting sun exposure is the easiest way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. Consider taking a daily walk during lunch and spending time outside on weekends to maintain healthy levels over the winter. Adult men and women should aim to consume around 600 IU of vitamin D on a daily basis. In some cases, health professionals may recommend higher doses, but individuals should not exceed 4,000 IU per day.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3472772/
http://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/vitamin-d
http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

About the author:
Katie BrindAmour is a Certified Health Education Specialist and passionate health and wellness freelance writer. She enjoys cooking, yoga, gardening, searching for the perfect wine and chocolate combination, and spending time with friends. She has a Masters in Biology and is currently pursuing her PhD in Health Services Management and Policy. She also enjoys blogging for Women's Healthcare Topics and Healthline Networks.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.