I think about Vitamin D and my mind goes, it’s the Vitamin that comes free when you are exposed to sun light. We reported in a recent study though, that too much of sunlight can be harmful for your skin and can cause skin cancer. A new Finnish study has been buzzing since morning that says too less of Vitamin D can cause risk of Parkinson’s disease. Well, you can see if you want to get vitamin D by sun, and then there is a balance, otherwise get vitamin D from alternative sources of food or supplements. Let us take a sneak peak at this Finnish study, which was published in Archives of neurology.
- Researchers measures Vitamin level from study group between 1978 and 1980 using blood samples
- Age range between 50 to 79, with people who did not have Parkinson disease at the time of study.
- These people were followed for 30 years for signs of Parkinson’s disease
Wow! Somebody had the patience and more importantly vision.
What were the main findings of study?
The main finding was that lowest levels of vitamin D were three times more likely to develop Parkinson’s, compared with the group with the highest levels of vitamin D. The charity Parkinson’s UK said further research is required. Looks like 30 years were not enough!
- Vitamin D could be helping to protect the nerve cells gradually lost by people with the disease, experts say.
- Research is now showing that it also plays...
a role in regulating the immune system, as well as in the development of the nervous system.
How much Vitamin D is required by the body?
I think that is a million dollar question. Well if it comes free through sunlight; take all that you can take. Marian Evatt, assistant professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, wrote an editorial in the US Journal Archives of Neurology, said that
- At this point, 30 nanograms per millilitre of blood or more appears optimal for bone health in humans.
- However, researchers don’t yet know what level is optimal for brain health or at what point vitamin D becomes toxic for humans, and this is a topic that deserves close examination.
Dr Kieran Breen, director of research at Parkinson’s UK, said:
- The study provides further clues about the potential environmental factors that may influence or protect against the progression of Parkinson’s.
- A balanced healthy diet should provide the recommended levels of vitamin D.
- Further research is required to find out whether taking a dietary supplement, or increased exposure to sunlight, may have an effect on Parkinson’s, and at what stage these would be most beneficial.”
I think having a balanced diet with Vitamin D being part of it, would reduce your chances of contacting Parkinson’s disease.