Vitamin D deficiency, key in the appearance of multiple sclerosis

 

The vitamin D is one of the most important micronutrients for lifetime of people. Some experts, after years of work, claim that having a few optimal levels of this vitamin on a regular basis could help save lifes.

And it is that not only has vitamin D been shown to have important protective effects against the Covid-19 virus; if not that its health benefits go much further. They have previously also been linked to better bone health, diabetes prevention, or even a lower risk of developing different types of cancer.

Therefore, it is essential that society reaches a considerable degree of awareness about the importance of vitamin D for health. Although, the main source of obtaining this micronutrient is the sun.

What influence does vitamin D have on multiple sclerosis?

Vitamin D is a micronutrient that may have a greater influence on the development of multiple sclerosis than we can imagine. Different studies have linked the deficiency of this vitamin to an increased risk of having this serious disease.

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Multiple sclerosis

Precisely, the research professor at the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Carmen Guaza, recently affirmed in an interview for ’20 minutes’, the direct influence that vitamin D has on multiple sclerosis.

Today more than two and a half million people have multiple sclerosis. A disease that still has no cure and that involves a tough fight for everyone who develops it. Specifically, in Spain it is estimated that some 50,000 people are diagnosed with this pathology.

“In multiple sclerosis, the factor recognized as the main or most influential is the lack of vitamin D,” says specialist Carmen Guaza.

Some statements that match the statements that come directly from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, in which they point out that vitamin D is a main micronutrient when it comes to balancing the transmission of calcium to the bones.

And it is that vitamin D deficiency leads in most cases to have brittle bones and prone to fracture easily. What’s more, the lack of this micronutrient is the main cause of the appearance of a bone disease such as osteoporosis.

Booster for the immune system

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation supports the latest studies on the disease, which link the lack of vitamin D to an increased risk of developing this pathology.

Moreover, they add that having high levels of vitamin D in the body is associated with a lower activity of multiple sclerosis, as well as a decrease in the progression of the disease.

But also, we must not forget that vitamin D is a micronutrient that helps to strengthen the immune system. Therefore, having adequate levels could help prevent different autoimmune diseases.

Finally and in relation to the statements of the specialist Carmen Guaza, vitamin D could be essential during pregnancy and the first months of the child’s life to reduce the chances of developing multiple sclerosis in the future.

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