Vitamin D levels linked to Parkinson’s disease risk

Higher vitamin D levels have been linked to a decreased risk of Parkinson’s disease according to a study from Sweden.

“May be caused by a continuously inadequate vitamin D status leading to a chronic loss of dopaminergic neurons in the brain” according to scientists from the National Institute for health and wellness based in Helsinki.

Vitamin D, which is supplied by the suns ultraviolet rays has been linked to bone health, decreased cancer risk and improved happiness.

The study, which will appear, in the July issue of Archives of Neurology,looked at 3,173 Parkinson’s-free Finnish men and women aged 50-79 over a 29-year period from 1978-2007.

Those with the highest levels of vitamin D were found to have a 67 percent lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. While the exact reason how vitamin D may lower your Parkinson’s risk is unknown, the researchers estimated that Vitamin D “has been shown to exert a protective effect on the brain through antioxidant activities, regulation of calcium levels, detoxification, modulation of the immune system and enhanced conduction of electricity through neurons.”

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