Study results show that patients with multiple sclerosis may benefit from taking vitamin D3.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients may benefit from taking vitamin D3, according to findings published in Neurology.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine observed 40 MS patients in order to test the safety profile and characterize the immunologic effects of high and low dose cholecalciferol supplements in the patients. The patients were randomized to receive 10,400 IU or 800 IU cholecalciferol daily for 6 months, with assessments performed at baseline, 3, and 6 months. The study authors excluded patients with severe vitamin D deficiency for this analysis.
A press release detailing the study explained that low levels of vitamin D are linked to an increased risk of developing MS. They added that people with both MS and low vitamin D levels are at the greatest risk for greater disability and disease activity. Plus, the study authors acknowledged that the current recommended daily allowance for vitamin D3 supplements is 600 IU.
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