Vitamin D helps build bones, muscles, the immune system, and brain-body communication.
New research from Brigham and Women's Hospital found that vitamin D supplements (or vitamin D and omega-3 fish oil) reduced the risk of
autoimmune diseases. Read on to learn more about this new research, then see Science's #1 Best Daily Juice.
Since this vitamin and essential fatty acid reduce inflammation and enhance immunity, the medical team recruited 25,871 adults with an
average age of 67. Daily vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid supplements of 2,000 IU and 1,000 mg were prescribed to volunteers. Some subjects received one or two placebos.
Participants in the five-year trial were directed to report autoimmune diseases, which occur when the immune system erroneously targets
healthy cells, tissues, and organs, as defined by the National Institutes of Health. Rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, thyroid illness, and psoriasis
"It is exciting to have these new and positive results for nontoxic vitamins and supplements preventing potentially highly morbid
diseases," said Brigham and Women's Hospital's lupus program director and senior research author Karen Costenbader, MD, in a press statement.