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Multiple Sclerosis is a condition that affects about 4% of the world’s population, and this is why, it is a disease that is relatively unknown. But, in the last years, Multiple Sclerosis awareness increased drastically, especially due to the fact that well-influential people admitted that they have MS.
It’s needless to say that most people, once they start learning about Multiple Sclerosis, and about its wide variety of symptoms and cases of misdiagnosis, tend to fear that they have this disease. Also, people want to know if they are able to prevent Multiple Sclerosis. This happens especially in the families of those that have a family member diagnosed with MS, but not only.
So, the question is: how can one prevent Multiple Sclerosis?
As it has been shown by research, vitamin D has a major role in the prevention of this disease. Worldwide there are over 2.5 million people who suffer from MS. In multiple sclerosis cases, the level of vitamin D in the blood is lower than normal, and epidemiological studies suggest that the further away from the Equator we live, the higher the chance of developing MS. It is generally accepted that the geographical distribution of Multiple Sclerosis indicates that people who do not get as much sun as others present a higher risk of developing MS. The reason why multiple sclerosis is almost non-existent in tropical regions is that the human skin produces vitamin D under the warm ultraviolet rays of the sun – year round sun equals less chance of MS and more vitamin D.
So, what’s the conclusion? Increase your vitamin D intake or be sure to live close to the Equator to make sure that your body produces enough Vitamin D.
Vitamin D can reduce inflammation and possibly auto immune activity. In contrast to many vitamins, no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) has been set for vitamin D. However, an adequate vitamin D intake level has been established by the Institute of Medicine. For people under 50 the recommended amount is 200 IU; for people between 50 and 70 the recommended amount is 400IU and for people over 70 600 IU. There is no known ideal level of vitamin D in the blood, but for a good health concentrations over 50 nanomoles /liter of blood are recommended. Also, too much vitamin D is not recommended for people with certain medical conditions such as kidney dysfunctions.
Also, scientists found that women who drink milk during pregnancy drastically reduce their offspring’s chances of developing MS. This is due to the fact that milk has a fair amount of vitamin D in it. When it comes to the amount of milk that needs to be drank by mothers during pregnancy, it was proven that women who drank 4 glasses of milk a day decreased the chances of their offspring’s to develop this condition by 56%.