Higher vitamin D levels might benefit multiple sclerosis patients.
Multiple sclerosis patients may benefit from higher vitamin D dosage levels. Research has found that high dose vitamin D3 for multiple sclerosis patients may help regulate the body’s hyperactive immune response. The findings come from researchers at Johns Hopkins.
Study author Peter Calabresi said, “These results are exciting, as vitamin D has the potential to be an inexpensive, safe and convenient treatment for people with MS. More research is needed to confirm these findings with larger groups of people and to help us understand the mechanisms for these effects, but the results are promising.”
Research has shown that low levels of vitamin D increase the risk of multiple sclerosis, and patients with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to experience disease disability and disease activity.
The study looked at 40 multiple sclerosis patients with relapsing symptoms who were given either 10,400 IUs or 800 IUs of vitamin D3 supplements daily over the course of six months. Patients with a severe vitamin D deficiency were not included in the study. Current recommendations for vitamin D is 600 IUs. Blood tests were conducted at the start of the study, and again at three and six months.
Researchers are still trying to determine the appropriate amount of vitamin D for multiple sclerosis patients but are suggesting anywhere between 40 to 60 ng/ml. Patients in the high dose group achieved the recommended amount, but those in the lower dose group did not.
Side effects did not vary between the patients and were quite minor. One person in each group experienced a relapse.
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