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Recent research has shown that most people who suffer from chronic musculoskeletal pain (like fibromyalgia ) are deficient in vitamin D. It further showed that when they started getting enough vitamin D, their pain improved – and in some cases vanished completely. When vitamin D is broken down by the liver and kidneys, it functions as a hormone and works throughout the body, affecting muscles, tissues, nerves, joints and even the brain. Vitamin D is also essential in order for your body to properly absorb calcium and keep your bones strong. A lack of vitamin D can cause problems leading to pain in all of these areas. Vitamin D is reported to be especially good for back pain. Other conditions it may be helpful for include:
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
How Do We Get Vitamin D? The main natural source of vitamin D is the sun. However, many factors may reduce t...
In an effort to reverse osteoarthritis, some people are turning to Vitamin D as the fountain of joint youth. Yes, vitamin D is very important for bone, cell and vascular health. Vitamin D unlocks the power of calcium and adds a boost to the immune system as well. But, is Vitamin D supplementation enough to stop the effects of aging? Maybe not, however supplementation is critical for preventing problems of Vitamin D deficiency. Severe deficiency leads to osteomalacia and Rickets . Mild deficiency may lead to a number of more common conditions like vascular disease, cancer and pain. All of the vitamins are very important to keep the entire body running smoothly including joints.
Many researchers have looked at the association between low Vitamin D levels and osteoarthritis . Yet the question remains: Does a low vitamin D level lead to joint deterioration? One recent study evaluated the impact that a two year supplementation program had on symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. After two ...
The relationship between vitamin D and chronic pain has been a topic of debate. Some studies have suggested that a low level of vitamin D causes chronic pain. But in a recent review about vitamin D and chronic pain soon to be published in Pain, Oxford researchers concluded that the available medical evidence "does not allow us to conclude that vitamin D is relevant to chronic pain".
One of the most compelling arguments against the idea that low vitamin D causes pain is the fact that those people who are in higher latitudes (therefore, less sunlight and less natural vitamin D production in the body) did not have a higher incidence of chronic pain. Furthermore, well designed studies did not conclusively demonstrate the benefits of vitamin D supplementation for chronic pain. One of the problems in studying vitamin D supplementation is that nobody seems to know the right dose. Some recommend low intensity treatment with 1000IU per day, some recommend high intensity treatment of 500...
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