Role of Vitamin D in Reversing MS to be Explored

by Savitha C Muppala on Sep 30 2013 11:55 PM

 Role of Vitamin D in Reversing MS to be Explored
The causes of Multiple sclerosis (MS) is not clearly understood, though it is thought to be an auto immune condition in which the body’s own immune system goes haywire and starts attacking the nervous system .
The way the illness advances is really bitter as the victim completely loses muscle control sensation and balance. Later on many victims are forced to use the wheel chair. As the disease progresses many are confined to bed.

So far we have no cure to retard the progression of this disease. And the medications we use are not of much help.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have zeroed in on a promising treatment that they believe can stop or even reverse MS. The mantra seems to be Vitamin D.

Earlier research conducted has shown that low vitamin D is connected with an elevated risk of the disease. Experiments conducted on mice that were given one does of calcitrol and dietary supplements of vitamin D showed that 100% of mice responded positively to the treatment. Clinical trials are necessary to check if the same benefit can be experienced by humans too.

Researchers feel confident that this treatment can reverse MS, with the fond hope that one day it will be assemble as giving one dose of calcitriol and telling them to increase the vitamin D in their diet.