April 6, 2018

Shining a Light on Vitamin D

Shining a Light on Vitamin D

Many chronic conditions can be associated with low levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D affects the immune system and may act as a neuroprotective agent. In MS (multiple sclerosis), low levels of vitamin D can possibly increase the risk of developing and/or worsening MS.

What role does Vitamin D play in brain disorders like Alzheimer’s? New research suggests that having an adequate level of vitamin D in older age could possibly slow down cognitive decline and contribute to reducing the risk for dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease.

A recent study of 916 cognitively healthy, older adults that were followed for 12 years  found participants with deficient levels of vitamin D exhibited a faster rate of cognitive (memory and thinking) decline and had a three-fold increased risk of Alzheimer’s.

Need to Increase Your Level of the “Sunshine Vitamin”?

It’s vital for people with MS to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D. As you age, vitamin D may  play a role in developing Alzheimer’s. Long grey winter? Lack of sunshine and Vitamin D can give you a case of  the “winter blues”.

To bolster your levels of Vitamin D, try the following:

For recipes that contain foods that have vitamin D, visit healthybrains.org/recipes.