Exposure to sunlight ‘helps fight multiple sclerosis’

March 7th, 2011 - 5:43 pm ICT by ANI  

London, March 7 (ANI): Scientists have suggested that people with multiple sclerosis should lie in the sun to fight the disease.

This was said after a new research shows that patients with higher levels of vitamin D - mainly derived from exposure to sunlight - have fewer attacks and develop the disease at a slower rate, reports the Daily Express.

The auto-immune condition is caused by the loss of nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord.

Colleen Hayes and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, believe vitamin D3 helps to control cells known as T lymphocytes which are responsible for MS.

“MS is currently incurable but environmental factors, such as vitamin D3, may hold the key to preventing MS and reducing its impact,” Hayes said. (ANI)

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