Vitamin D deficiency linked to MS

Low blood levels of Vitamin D have been linked to the neurological disease Multiple Sclerosis, MS, according to a new study from Umeå University. The study found that people with Vitamin D levels that were much higher than the levels recommended by the National Food Agency had a 60 percent lower risk of getting MS compared to individuals with low levels. Vitamin D is often referred to as the sunshine drug.

"This suggests that the current recommended levels for Vitamin D are too low," said Jonatan Salzer, one of the researchers in the study, in a press release from Umeå University.

He says it is possible that the the lower Vitamin D levels in the population can partly explain the rise in the number of MS cases in the western world.

Swedish authorities' daily Vitamin D recommendations for children under 2 is 10 micrograms; for children over two and adults 7.5 micrograms; for pregnant and nursing mothers 10 micrograms; and for people over 60 years old 10 micrograms.