Vitamin D is the greatest benefit the mighty sun could offer to us. Thanks to vitamin D, our skin becomes prettier and more flexible, our moods receive a boost and our antibodies get stronger and steadier on their positions in front of certain infections, disorders and diseases. Vitamin D can also be found in fish and eggs or taken as a supplement to our daily meals.
Vitamin D is nevertheless essential, as without it, we are more likely to suffer from multiple sclerosis. Researchers have reached the conclusion after studying the DNA profiles of tens of thousands of European individuals and their ancestors.
At the same time, scientists are trying to figure out if multiple sclerosis can be prevented in people by offering them extra vitamin D. Not only lack of vitamin D boosts risks to develop MS, but also environmental and genetic factors are known to play an important role in its development, affecting the nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
In order to come up with the findings, researchers have looked over almost 40.000 Europeans, 15.000 of whom were born with genes which naturally made them vitamin D deficient. The team has found that those with the genetic predisposition for lower levels of the vitamin were twice as likely to develop multiple sclerosis, compared to those whose levels were normal.
Researchers have declared that more work needs to be done in order to find out if Vitamin D supplements or greater exposure could delay or prevent multiple sclerosis. The study has nevertheless provided strong evidence in support of a causal role of vitamin D in multiple sclerosis susceptibility.
Results were particularly linked to the territories of UK, where people are known to be deficient of Vitamin D, as the sunlight does not reach the lands of England very often.
Vitamin D is first of all extremely important for healthy bones. We usually make vitamin D in our skin when we are exposed to sunlight but some if it comes from our diet as well. Good food sources include eggs, oily fish, fortified fat spreads and fortified breakfast cereals.
The elderly, breastfeeding and pregnant women and those who don’t get much sun may not get enough supplements. It is extremely important for us to find a balance in our health routine and to avoid getting ourselves in trouble by taking great care of our needs and informing ourselves properly all time.
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