STATES CHRONICLE – Although a cure was not yet found for the illness, a study suggests that vitamin D could help people with multiple sclerosis.
There are many diseases for which we have not found a cure yet, but scientists are always searching and if new drugs can’t be made, they rely on things that already exist. MS is one of the illnesses that so far do not have a cure and patients can be treated to feel better and not experience the symptoms as often.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins MS Center in the U.S. have conducted a study on 40 patients who suffered from the disease and did not have vitamin D deficiencies. After splitting the patients in two groups, the scientists administered to one of the groups 800 units of vitamin D, and 10,400 units to the other group over a period of six months.
The patients were tested at the beginning and at the end of the study as well as three months into the testing. The patients from the first group, who received only 800 units of vitamin D didn’t show any changes. However, the second group had a much lower level of interleukin-17, an inflammatory protein which is an important factor in MS.
This shows that a high intake of vitamin D could dramatically reduce one of the factors which lead to multiple sclerosis development. Unfortunately, given the reduced time and reduced number of participants, although the results are somewhat relevant, scientists are still reluctant to recommend a greater dose of vitamin D for MS patients.
Peter Calabresi, the lead researcher believes that the only thing the study has shown for sure is how multiple sclerosis and vitamin D work and interact within the human body. From here, other studies could be conducted in order to determine whether the vitamin could indeed help improve patients’ health.
The next studies will focus on finding the right dose of vitamin D which could somehow affect the disease and fight its symptoms. Until then, it is recommended that the 600 international units maximum dose is not exceeded as if it is not medically controlled, the vitamin could lead to other health issues.
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