Multiple Sclerosis MS and Vitamin D3 – Without a doubt, vitamin D3 is one of the biggest handicaps of 21st-century humans. Since we are in the age of information, we have to spend a lot of our time indoors. The biggest source of vitamin D3 for humans is our own body with the help of the sun. As the time we spend indoors increases, our body cannot synthesize enough vitamin D3. Researches show that the connection between MS and vitamin D3 gains more ground every day.
MS and Vitamin D3 Levels
According to the USA Endocrine Association, the amount of vitamin D3 that should be in our blood:
‘Incomplete’ – ≤ 20 ng / mL (≤ 50 nmol / L)
‘Insufficient’ – 21–29 ng / mL (51–74 nmol / L)
‘Sufficient’ 20 ng / mL (50 nmol / L) ≥ 30 ng / mL (≥ 75 nmol / L)
“Ideal” – 40–60 ng / mL (100–150 nmol / L)
If you are an indoor worker, most likely your D3 level is insufficient or incomplete.
Vitamin D3 Test
Surely, you can easily have vitamin D3 tests done in health institutions. Your doctor will help you with the tests. To know the level of vitamin D3 in your blood, you must request a serum 25 (OH) D test. Generally, the test result will be available within a few hours.
What Are the Sources of Vitamin D3?
Our most important source of vitamin D3 is our own body with the help of the sun, which we can use for free and unlimitedly. Our bodies synthesize the 7-dehydrocholesterol zoosterol in our skin thanks to sunlight to form vitamin D3. It’s really incredible.
Vitamin D3 is abundant in the following foods:
Another option is vitamin D3 supplements which are widely available on the market. We recommend that you seek support from healthcare professionals in the use of these supplements, which are offered in the form of drops or gel capsules. Excessive use of vitamin D3 can be harmful. Vitamin D3 is directly related to magnesium and calcium levels in our body. Later, we will post detailed articles about this trio.
You can also boost vitamin D3 levels with ampoules in health institutions.
How Much Does Vitamin D3 Deficiency Increase MS?
In a study involving 148 white-skinned subjects and 296 control groups, scientists concluded that high vitamin D3 in the blood reduced the risk of MS.
As a matter of fact, we know that the biggest source of vitamin D3 is our own body with the help of the sun. Researchers have observed that MS disease is increasing in more northern and southern regions where the power of the sun decreases. Italy and Northern Scandinavia do not meet the results and exceptions. As a logical explanation, we may say their genetics and habits must have a role (high seafood consumption?).
MS and Vitamin D3
If you are an MS patient, vitamin D3 is undoubtedly very important for you. We will share much more content on this topic later.
One of them is the BENEFIT Research. It is a study conducted with people diagnosed with clinically isolated syndrome and MS suspect. Significant results were obtained by measuring the vitamin D3 levels of the subjects in the 6th month and annually. These are:
Chart 1A: There is a link between high vitamin D3 levels and the diagnosis of MS. Especially as time goes on, the importance of vitamin D3 level becomes much more evident. If you have a serum vitamin D3 level of 50 nmol / L or more in the 5th year, you are 50% less at risk than others.
Graph 1B: There is a link between MS and vitamin D3, new active lesions, and total lesions. Above all, vitamin D3 reduces the effects of the disease.
Chart 1C: Undoubtedly, there is a relationship between vitamin D3 and the size of our lesions. Especially the 5th year data is really striking. The change in volume is about 4 times higher.
Chart 1D: Most importantly, it shows that vitamin D3 protects our brain against volume reduction. Another implication is that it slows down the volume reduction.