Vitamin D intake during pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of MS in offspring

Objective. Vitamin D may have a protective role in the aetiology of MS, but the effect of vitamin D in pregnancy on adult onset MS has not been studied.

Methods: In 2001, 35,794 mothers of participants of the Nurses’ Health Study II completed a questionnaire inquiring about their experiences and diet during pregnancy with their nurse daughters. This allowed these investigators to study  the association of maternal milk intake, maternal dietary vitamin D intake, and predicted maternal serum vitamin D during pregnancy and their daughters’ risk of developing MS.
Results: MS was diagnosed in 199 women. The relative risk of MS was lower among women born to mothers with high milk or vitamin D intake during pregnancy. The relative risk of MS was 0.62 (38% lower) for nurses whose mothers consumed 2 to 3 glasses of milk per day compared with those whose mothers consumed <3 glasses per month. The predicted vitamin D level in the pregnant mothers was also inversely associated with the risk of MS in their daughters. 
Conclusions: Higher maternal milk and vitamin D intake during pregnancy may be associated with a lower risk of developing MS in offspring. 
“This supports my current recommendation that all woman should be taking physiological doses of vitamin D supplements during pregnancy. In fact we all should be supplementing our dietary intake all the time. I currently recommend 5,000U of vitamin D3 per day.”

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Vitamin D – some facts. Vitamin D is a misnomer; it was incorrectly classified as a vitamin. Vitamins: are nutrients that are required in tiny amounts; cannot be synthesised in sufficient quantities by our bodies 

11 Jul 2011
“This study provides a hint that vitamin D supplementation that results in higher blood vitamin D levels many suppress EBV within the body. Interesting? We think very interesting and trying to work out how EBV and 
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“This study is another reason to make sure that you are vitamin D replete. There is not enough good quality sunshine in the UK to do this so you need to take supplements. I advocate 5000U of vitamin D3 per day.” 
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Vitamin D websites. You may find these websites helpful: Vitamin D Council & Vitamin D3 World CoI: Nil. Posted by Gavin Giovannoni at 09:38 · Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Google Buzz 

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2 thoughts on “Vitamin D intake during pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of MS in offspring”

  1. Vitamin D is must for the immune system of the human body. The lack of vitamin D may cause many incurable diseases. Many natural as well as human made supplements are available to overcome this. Ex. fish oil, code live oil, eggs etc.

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