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Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis - Vitamin D

A vitamin D deficiency has been confirmed as one of the major risk factors for MS, with more than 60% of MS sufferers having low levels of the vitamin. A vast number of studies establish that your risk of MS increases the further away from the equator you live. This can be bad news for many living in Canada, the northern United States and much of Europe.

The good news is that one of the best ways to not only help prevent MS, but also to prevent relapses in people who have MS, is to get optimal amounts of vitamin D. In fact, studies have shown that high doses of vitamin D are safe and can reduce the risk of getting MS by 40%, and can also cut the relapse rate by up to 41%.

Have your doctor test your blood to get your vitamin D level. Keep monitoring it every 3 to 6 months and then once a year to get the information you need to regulate it.

It is important to make sure your vitamin D levels are optimized to between 50 – 70 ng/ml.

Optimize your vitamin D levels by getting enough regular daily sun exposure. 10-15 minutes of direct sunlight at noon on the face, arms and legs should be enough for a fair skinned person, longer for darker skinned people. Don’t use sunscreen and make sure you don’t overdo sun exposure.

Take vitamin D3 supplements to get optimal amounts of blood vitamin D levels. Some experts believe that you should take at least 5,000 IU daily, with some saying as much as 14,000 IU per day.

Remember that vitamin D3 is a fat soluble vitamin so it should be taken with olive oil, fish oil, sunflower seeds, walnuts etc.

Another option is to use a safe tanning bed to bring the levels of vitamin D in your blood up to optimal levels.

Please be patient as it can take between 3 – 6 months to increase your blood level of vitamin D to the desired range. For faster results, some doctors recommend mega doses of vitamin D3.