Vitamin D Therapy for MS and Fibromyalgia
Vitamin D has to do a lot more than what we already know. It is given as a supplement in kids complaining of limb and joint pains as this vitamin in combination with calcium contributes in the formation of basic bone structure.
Apart from this, this vitamin pill proves to benefit patients affected by MS (multiple sclerosis) and Fibromyalgia. Vitamin D lessens both, the frequency and severity of autoimmune illnesses.
Both these conditions are chronic illnesses of autoimmune origin. They affect muscle groups, joints and nerve bundles. The immune cells start acting upon normal healthy cells of different nerve bundles and muscle groups. This leads to destruction of our own body cells.
Low vitamin D levels in patients has been clinically seen to exacerbate the disease activity.
Also, correcting vitamin D levels improved symptoms in patients, including pain and fatigue levels. Overall depressive symptoms also reduce.
Mechanism of Action
MS is an autoimmune condition where immune cells act over the coatings of our nerve cells, destroying them and affecting their functions.
Vitamin D acts by affecting the immune cells in such a way that they become less damaging for nerve cells.
Patients affected by these illnesses should allow more of sunshine to enter their bedrooms. 10 to 15 minutes in the sun daily would help in a long run.
The maximum safe amount of vitamin D to be taken daily is 4000 IU. This is relevant in all individual above 9 years of age.
Take plenty of milk and fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
Vitamin D Overdose
Very large doses of vitamin D over long periods can be toxic. So, one should take only required amount of the drug.
Signs and Symptoms of Overdose
- Nausea, vomiting
- Poor appetite
- Fatigue throughout the day
- Loss of weight
- Stone formation in the kidneys, gall bladder.