Vitamin D May Be Helpful for Multiple Sclerosis Autoimmunity

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In a 2012 study in the journal Multiple Sclerosis,  a high dose of Vitamin D3 (5,000-10,000iu) per day for 15 weeks increased an important component of the immune system called il-10.  Il-10 is a molecule that instructs overactive immune cells to calm down.

As Il-10 increased,  a destructive molecule called il-17 fell.  Il-17 contributes to autoimmunity in MS.

Il-10 is often low in autoimmune illness.  Raising il-10 may help quiet self-attacking immune cells and scientists hold out hope for treatment MS using vitamin D.

Vitamin D has been linked to improvements in several other autoimmune diseases.

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