Vitamin D and MS

December 5, 2013
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There are numerous benefits associated with taking Vitamin D. A recent small study brings into focus another potential benefit.

The study examined the level of serum Vitamin D in the blood of people two years before they showed first clinical manifestations of multiple sclerosis (MS). Researchers found that these same people also had Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) infections at the same time.

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin as our bodies are able to synthesize vitamin D in our skin with adequate sun exposure. Other studies have shown a relationship between MS and sun exposure.

While the exact relationship may not be well defined, the authors note that “low vitamin D and remote EBV infection may be associated with clinical MS breakthrough within 2–3 years.”

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