The importance of vitamin D
I consider diet to be important to how well a person deals with MS. I eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables. I avoid gluten because I am allergic to it. The national health institute, after a review of the literature, highlights the importance of vitamin D. In what follows, I will be discussing their findings from the abstract at
Their findings emphasize the importance of vitamin D for MS people which is present and added to many foods including milk. Taking vitamin D supplements is recommended by neurolgists I know. You can also get vitamin D from the sun, because your body produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Moderation is key here because there is risk of increasing the chances of cancer if one gets sunburned or too much sun. Incidentally, vitamin D can also help one heal from sunburn, a full circle if you will.
Vitamin D is important because it is a potent modulator of the immune system. It is thought that getting enough vitamin D may prevent getting MS to some degree. It has long been noticed that people in northern latitudes, who get less sun and their bodies thus produce less vitamin D, are more likely to get MS.
The studies reviewed found that people with MS taking vitamin D were less likely to relapse and were less likely to have new lesions, the most significant marker of multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D improved brain lesions and improved walking speed, a significant indicator of the progression of the illness.
It has been found that MS people having a relapse typically have lower serum levels of vitamin D in their bodies, suggesting a preventative and possibly protective role for vitamin D in regard to multiple sclerosis. In any case, vitamin D should be an important vitamin to take through supplements because of its therapeutic effects. It is thought that it helps the MS body in its fight to repair MS damage.
To heal from MS, I believe one needs to use both alternative and medical approaches that are right for the person. You can see all the approaches I used in my book at