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Low levels of Vitamin D leads to Parkinson’s disease

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A recent health report published by www.bbc.co.uk, says that low levels of vitamin D increases the chances of a person getting Parkinson’s disease in his later life. The researchers from Finland conducted this study on 3,000 people and their research has been published in Archives of Neurology.

Their research states that people who had the lowest levels of sunshine vitamin had three times higher risk of getting affected by the disease as the vitamin helps in protecting the nerve cells that have been lost during the disease. This disease affects the human brain directly and leads to slow movements and tremors.

According to www.sciencedaily.com, the researchers used blood samples from their study group between 1978 and 1980. The research was then carried on for 30 years to see if the people had Parkinson’s disease. The result was that people who had low levels of Vitamin D had three folds higher risk of getting the disease. Aging leads to less production of the vitamin D that has a major role to regulate the immune system and develop the nervous system.

According to Professor Marian Evatt from Emory University School of Medicine “However, researchers don’t yet know what level is optimal for brain health or at what point vitamin D becomes toxic for humans, and this is a topic that deserves close examination.”

Good sources of Vitamin D include fatty fishes like tuna, salmon, mackerel and catfish, mushrooms and liver, for example from beef.

Celebrities who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease include Muhammad Ali,Johnny Cash, Pope John Paul II and Michael J. Fox

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