Canada unfortunately has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. About 80,000 people have been diagnosed with the disease, says the MS Society of Canada.
Lack of enough Vitamin D is a risk factor for developing the illness, and the MS Society of Canada claims that the people who have been affected by it should consume 4,000 IU on a daily basis in order to decrease the risk of potentially modifying the extent of the disease.
How to get enough vitamin D
As we all know, vitamin D is acquired by exposure to sunlight or by ingesting vitamin D3 supplements. Small amounts are included in foods such as egg yolks, oily fish and fortified dairy products.
Various studies have shown that there’s a link between the lower level of vitamin D in the blood and the risk of getting MS and also having relapses.
There’s a Canadian study that shows kids with low vitamin D levels are exposed to higher risks for developing MS.
Also, those who have had a virus called Epstein-Barr or a genetic predisposition such as MS in their family history.
“MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that attacks myelin, the protective covering of the nerves that helps transmit nerve impulses. Multiple sclerosis symptoms include extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment, and mood changes,” Vancouver Sun notes.
Low levels of vitamin D can trigger MS
According to research, MS is more common in locations that are less sunny and farther from the equator.
Studies have also proved that MS relapses are usually occurring more frequently in winter months when the vitamin D levels in the blood are lower.
Genetic studies showed that low levels of the nutrients are associated with higher risks of developing multiple sclerosis.
The new diet and supplementation plans are evidence-based, says the society.
It’s also important to note that the recommendations have been endorsed by The Canadian Network of Multiple Sclerosis Clinics and The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.
I have been blogging and posting articles for over eight years, but my passion for writing dates back in 2000. I am especially enthusiastic about technology, science, and health-related issues. When I’m not researching and writing the latest news, I’m either watching sci-fi and horror movies or checking out places worth visiting and building deep memories for later in life. I believe in empathy and continually improving myself.