Vitamin D & Autoimmune Disease

Karen Costenbader, MD, of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston reported at a plenary session of the American College of Rheumatology that adults taking 2000 IU of Vitamin D and one gram of omega 3 fatty acids daily were less likely to develop autoimmune disease than adults taking a placebo. Costenbader’s research group reviewed data from the Vitamin D and Omega 3 Vital trial which included 2,000 men ages 50 and older and women 55 and older.

In her work, Dr. Costenbader looked at almost 17,000 participants who had blood tests for Vitamin D levels and Omega 3 fatty acids. The study groups were followed for over a five-year period. Those supplemented with Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids reduced the incidence of autoimmune disease by 25- 30%.

Vitamin D supplements and Omega 3 Fatty Acid supplements are readily available, inexpensive and non- toxic when taken in appropriate dosages. Their use should be encouraged.