Low levels of vitamin D are known to be associated with an increased risk of developing MS but it is the first study to show that supplements can help the condition
Taking large doses of the recommended daily dose of vitamin D could be a cheap and simple treatment for multiple sclerosis, say scientists.
Low levels of vitamin D in the blood are known to be associated with an increased risk of developing MS.
And patients with low levels of the vitamin are also likely to suffer from disability, but until now scientists have now known if supplements could help the condition.
Now research by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has shown that upping levels of the sunshine vitamin dampens down the immune system, stopping it attacking nerve fibres.
Around 100,000 people in the UK are battling the disease, so the new study suggests that upping their intake of vitamin D could have a major impact.