4 Things to Know About Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis

Vitamin D is often talked about as an important vitamin that helps the body stay fit and strong, but it could also help in the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS). While there still needs to be more research into the beneficial effects of vitamin D, there are some things to know about its relationship with MS.

It can slow the progression of multiple sclerosis. 
There is some evidence that suggests people with multiple sclerosis who have higher levels of vitamin D in their bodies are likely to suffer less severe symptoms. According to Web MD, a study noted the symptoms of a group of people with MS and then found that five years later, those with higher levels of vitamin D experienced fewer problems. While this shows promise, more research needs to be conducted into whether vitamin D can actually slow down the progression of MS.

MORE: Three tips for newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis patients.

It may prevent multiple sclerosis. 
Other studies have found that vitamin D may be helpful in the prevention of the disease. Researchers discovered that children who spent a lot of time outside in the sunshine were less likely to develop the disease later in life.

This is also backed up by the fact that the further away from the equator you live, the higher your risk of developing MS becomes, as the amount of sunshine diminishes.

To date, no-one is really sure what role vitamin D plays in protecting people against MS. Many think that vitamin D enhances the immune system, making it less likely for a person to develop an autoimmune disease like MS.

How much vitamin D do you need?
A simple blood test can determine your levels of vitamin D. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society suggests that people living with the disease get between 200 and 600 IUs (international units) a day.

How can you improve your vitamin D intake?
You can either take a supplement (if recommended by your healthcare team), spend 15 minutes each day in the sun, or eat more food containing vitamin D such as oily fish, beef liver, cheese, eggs and foods fortified with vitamin D such as cereals, milk and orange juice.

MORE: How our bodies convert sunlight into vitamin D.

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15 comments

  1. Alan says:

    That is a not a recommendation for a person with MS. That is the ancient recommendation for people without MS and is too low.

    • Gerald ingalla says:

      I do had MS, And on my own risked i do take up high potency of vit d3 since 2 years ago. And found it very benificial for. I think it boost my immune system. No relapse for 2 years from now

  2. Heracles says:

    My fiancée developed optic neuritis and had many lesions, several active, in her MRI. She tested negative for Lyme twice. Three different neurologists in respected hospitals said it was not NMO. After the steroid treatment, we put her on 10,000 IU of Vitamin D a day and administered Minocycline for two months. We changed to a Mediterranean diet and eliminated dairy, sugar, and starches including all bread (white and wheat).

    We started to train, hard…boot camp hard (no easy strolls or light cleaning around the house). We added high dose biotin and alpha-lipoic-acid; we then added bio-identical progesterone. After six months, we raised the Vitamin D dosage to 20,000 IU a day plus three liters of water. In over two years since we started this journey, NO NEW LESIONS and NO SYMPTOMS…and no INEFFECTIVE and TOXIC MS (DMDs) medicines.

    I believe that MS in many ways, if corrected early, could be like Type 2 Diabetes…a cheaply treatable disease. Unfortunately for the patients, MS and Type 2 Diabetes are huge moneymakers for doctors and Big Pharma. If you doubt this cynical view, just ask yourself, why have stem-cell treatments not been approved by the FDA despite the incredible success that these procedures have had with very sick MS patients? The answer is…Big Pharma wants your dollars many times, not just once.

    Many articles talk about “toxic doses of Vitamin D” and “risky stem-cell surgeries” while there have been thousands and thousands of MS patients that have developed PML, cancer, organ failure, skin necrosis, or just died because of these INEFFECTIVE and TOXIC MS DMDs. Not to worry, Big Pharma pays the doctors off through compensated “speaking engagements” and “conferences” in Aruba, Jamaica, and Hawaii plus new high-end vehicle “awards”…then the doctors push the DMDs on the patients as an “acceptable risk” with all other treatments portrayed as snake-oil or just weird.

    The medical profession in the USA and some national MS organizations suffer from ethical inflammation caused by large dollar inflated Big Pharma. Meanwhile patients suffer from physical inflammation brought on by poor diets and a sedentary lifestyle and exacerbated by bad or no medical lifestyle advice; a shortened miserable life with depleted bank accounts is often the consequence of the above.

      • Heracles says:

        Jennifer, M.,
        The doctors were pushing Tysabri on my fiancée as she had several active lesions; she and I researched it and found it to be ridiculous risk. I cannot believe that Tysabri has been approved and stem-cell procedures for MS have not but I will leave that for another posting. I researched every day for hours and became more and more familiar with Pub-Med and Multiple Sclerosis News Today. I came upon Dr. Luanne Metz’s work in with Minocycline in Canada and read about its anti-inflammatory effect in the brain. I contacted Dr. Metz and confirmed that this was a viable treatment option. I understand that she has recently published her full study. Since Minocycline is a pretty safe medicine, my fiancée and I presented Dr. Metz’s work to our neurologist and he gave us the script. We hoped that it would put out the fire in the brain and it seems to have helped.

  3. I want to be well says:

    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society suggests that people living with the disease get between 200 and 600 IUs (international units) a day…

    …you’re kidding, right?

    • Heracles says:

      No, it is not…yoga can be part of a treatment but not the central part. Hard exercise is the only thing proven to nurture new brain cells while tempering the immune system.

  4. Your serum level should be at least 60ng/ml. This is the level associated with the least risk of multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, colon cancer, endimetrial cancer, preventing diabetes, end stage renak disease and more. The average person needs at least 5000 iu’s per day of vitamin D 3… not presciption D 2 which is only 30% absorbed.

  5. charles says:

    i take 10,000 iu of d3 each day. this is not a recommendation, since i am not a doctor. i could probably take less, but much more might wreck my kidneys. my thought is that i probably take the maximum advisable dose. not a doctor, just my perspective as a patient.

  6. Bonnie says:

    Heracles, inspired and agree. Maybe will up vitamin d. Agree onbig Pharma.. however take vitamin K2 with 5000 D3 to properly utilize (synergistic)

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