New research from the University of Bristol has found that people who take a daily dose of vitamin D3, an important precursor of vitamin A, are less likely to develop brain damage than those who take the vitamin on a daily basis.
The research, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, found that those who took a daily vitamin D dose in the form of a pill, a gel or tablet for 10 days, experienced an overall reduction in symptoms.
“These results provide important insight into how vitamin D can protect against flu and other viruses and their symptoms, while also protecting brain function,” lead author Professor Chris Daley said.
“We found that vitamin D 3 supplementation was not only effective in reducing symptoms in people with mild flu-like symptoms, but was also associated with reduced levels of inflammation in the brain.”
Professor Daley is also an expert in how vitamin supplements interact with the immune system and other biological processes.
He said the results showed that vitamin supplements could have an important role in preventing and treating the flu.
“People with mild to moderate flu-related illness are typically exposed to more than 10,000 different types of influenza viruses and the flu itself, so there’s a huge range of flu-specific factors that could play a role in the progression of the disease,” he said.
Professor Dale said the study is important because vitamin D could also have an effect on the progression and progression of other brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
“Vitamin D is a critical component of the immune response to many of these viruses and other pathogenic organisms, including some of the common cold viruses, and so we believe it could have important roles in preventing brain damage and other neurological diseases,” Professor Daley explained.
“This is the first study to show that vitamin d supplementation can have such a significant effect on brain function.”
The study looked at the brain of 1,878 people, and found that the people who took the vitamin daily had lower levels of antibodies to influenza viruses compared to those who did not take it daily.
“There was no significant difference between those taking a daily or a daily combination vitamin and those who were taking a placebo,” Professor Ravi Mankhavar, who led the study, said.
He explained that the results were not limited to flu-associated viruses, such that vitamin supplementation could also be used in people who are not at risk for flu-induced complications such as the flu-susceptibility syndrome.
“It is possible that vitamin-D3 could help to prevent complications caused by other conditions that are also associated, such a diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer, he said, adding that the study was still in early stages.
Professor Mankahavar said that people with cognitive impairment or dementia who took vitamin D supplements could benefit from taking a more moderate dose.”
You can also consider a daily supplement that contains vitamin D to help maintain the level of vitamin-A that you need for normal brain function and to prevent cognitive impairment,” he explained.
Professor Andrew M. Walker, a neurologist at the University’s Faculty of Medicine, said vitamin D was an essential nutrient for the brain.”
Taking vitamin D, particularly when taken on a regular basis, is critical to a healthy brain,” he told Medical News Now.”
Your brain needs vitamin D in order to function properly and be healthy.
“Having vitamin D on hand can also help you avoid problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, dementia and other conditions such as depression.”
Professor Walker said that vitamin supplement users who were currently taking medications could benefit.
“They can get some of their vitamin D from foods like vegetables and fruits, but you can also get vitamin D via supplements,” he added.
“When you take a vitamin D supplement, the amount you get from food is limited, and if you get enough, your brain makes more vitamin D.”
He said that the findings in the study could help people find out more about vitamin D.
“One of the things that we do know is that vitamin A is found in the blood stream and it can be absorbed into the brain and can be a cause of brain inflammation,” Professor Walker said.
The results of the study have been published in Molecular Psychiatry.