Friday, January 13, 2012

Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis...

A few years back, research suggested that by taking Vitamin D, D3 to be exact, would help Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients. That's right, something other than just preventing Osteoporosis. It was all over the news. It was exciting to hear a vitamin could help MS patients. But, there was one problem. The news agencies never told how it would help, why it worked, and a suggested dosing. Well, I figured I would go to the internet and easily find my answer. NOT SO UNFORTUNATELY. Well after some digging around the
internet, I did find the answers. Vitamin D3 naturally surpresses the immune system. Similar to an oral chemotherapy drug. Therefore, with a supressed immune system, the auto-immune disease, MS in this case, becomes less aggressive, with fewer and less intense exacerbations. That is great news. But, how does it work? The D3 reduces the number of "T Cells". Very similaer to what chemotherapy does BUT WITH NO ADVERSE SIDE EFFECTS. As far as dosage, that ranges from 4000mgs to 10,000mgs as a daily supplement. Of course, consult your Holistic Doctor before you start taking Vitamin D3 for MS.

Vitamin D 2009 Link
NIH Clinical Trial Results 2010 Link

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