MND: Given that Multiple Sclerosis  has some genetic component, parents with MS have a keen interest in reducing MS risk in their offspring: A new study confirms the protective effects of vitamin D in the prevention of MS transmission to offsprings

Here is a summary of that study [1] :Vitamin D (supplements?) or a high amount of milk, probably vitamin D fortified, were given to expectant mothers. This results showed that “…MS was diagnosed in 199 women … The relative risk of MS was lower among women born to mothers with high milk or vitamin D intake during pregnancy….”

Happy baby girl..let us keep it that way!


Two remarks:

  • 199 mothers had MS out of cohort of 35,794 nurses in that Nurses’ Health Study II. that represents 0.6% of this population of nurses, close enough to the ~0.5% of US women with MS
  • The amount of Vitamin D ingested through drinking commercial milk could not have been very high: a cup of vitamin D fortified  milk contains 25% of the daily US recommended dose of 400 IU a day [2]. Therefore the vitamin D might have been addressing a defficiency….

Talk to your Pediatrician


[1] Anals of Neurology, ; “Gestational vitamin D and the risk of multiple sclerosis in offspring.”;   Ann. Neurol. 2011 Jul;70(1):30-40. doi: 10.1002/ana.22456.

[2] Scientific American ; Katherine Harmon | November 30, 2010 |6

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