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Interesting Findings about Vitamin D for Parkinson’s Patients

Posted Jan 22 2014 4:56pm

I was reading Medical News Today and found some interesting news about a study with Parkinson’s patients and Vitamin D.  While studying and presenting findings about depression in Parkinson’s patients, Dr. Arnie L. Petersen of the Oregon Health and Sciences University, along with his team of researchers found in the background of their studies that “previous research has found that vitamin D appears to play an important role in the central nervous system, assisting with neurodevelopment and stabilizing mitochondrial function”.

We all should know that Vitamin D keeps our bones and teeth stay healthy and that many doctors recommend that women take Vitamin D supplements on a daily basis.  This is important to keep us from experiencing osteoporosis.  However, in the studies conducted by Dr. Petersen and his team, the discovery was that Vitamin D also helped Parkinson’s patients without dementia improve fluency and verbal learning.  This is significant because it suggests that early intervention with Vitamin D before dementia can affect concentration and cognitive performance.

The researchers also found that higher levels of vitamin D appeared to improve symptoms of depression in subjects who were free of dementia.“  Now folks, this is pretty good news for those of us who struggle with Parkinson’s on a daily basis and have a difficult time staring down the tunnel of “no cure” everyday.  This is a little ray of sunshine in my book!  So take your Vitamin D.  I know it’s one more pill to swallow, but just think…it will help your depression and your cognitive abilities.  That’s great to know!

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