Vitamin D may improve Parkinson’s symptoms

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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 10:36 am | Updated: 10:38 am, Mon Jan 20, 2014.

High levels of vitamin D have been associated with a better mood and improved cognition in those with Parkinson’s disease.

Researchers from the Oregon Health and Sciences University examined 286 patients with Parkinson’s disease, and found symptoms were less severe when patients had higher levels of plasma vitamin D. Patients with high vitamin D levels also experienced fewer feelings of depression and greater cognitive ability. The effects were even greater in patients not deemed to be demented. Researchers hope their findings could lead to preventative treatments for the disease in the future.

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