Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis
Annette Nay, Ph.D.
One half hour in the
sun per day stops the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) because of the Vitamin D that is
made when it your skin is exposed to direct sun.
It does not stop or attenuate the problems already caused by MS.
You cannot get Vitamin D with sunlight through a window or through
You can get Vitamin D when using a sun screen lotions to keep from
getting Skin Cancer.
You cannot get Vitamin D with the special lights for light effective
problems like Seasonal Effective Disorder used to stop depression.
All you need is to expose your skin to the direct sunlight. The eyes
can remain covered with sunglasses as light causes many MS survivors to have
After a suntan is established, vitamin D production through the skin
Vitamin D is found in: sunlight, fatty fish, egg yolks, organ meats,
Adverse effects of Vitamin D overdose: High blood calcium which may cause kidney
& heart damage.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin stored in the body. Most Americans fall short of
getting the minimum recommended amount. Acquired through sunlight or
diet. Promotes absorption of calcium. It is necessary for calcium
absorption and bone development. Helps maintain adequate blood levels of
calcium & phosphorus. Deficiency can cause rickets, bone loss & raise
risk of osteoporosis.
A study published in Neurology (2004) indicates a 40% reduction in
risk of Multiple Sclerosis in women taking 400 IU per day. It is
important for people who have family members who have MS, to take
Vitamin D supplements as there is a hereditary propensity to get MS. MS
occurs most often in individuals that that have lived or do now live in
cold climates and are not exposed to the sun.
This is big news and it makes sense! Other studies site that people
of colder climates have greater chances of getting MS, than those of
warmer ones. Warmer climates have more sun, thus have more Vitamin D in
Daily level: Ages 19-50: 200 IU, Ages 51-70: 400 IU, over 70: 600 IU.
Upper Daily Tolerable Level: 2,000 IU – highly suggested for MS
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