Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Study finds vitamin D supplements with or without Omega-3s decreased risk of autoimmune diseases


 News Release 26-Jan-2022
Vitamin D supplementation over five years reduced autoimmune disease rate by 22 percent compared to placebo
Peer-Reviewed Publication
Brigham and Women's Hospital


Autoimmune diseases (AD) such as rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, autoimmune thyroid disease and psoriasis, are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality as people age. Few effective treatments are available for AD, but some preclinical studies have hinted that supplements, including vitamin D and omega-3 (or n-3) fatty acids, may have beneficial effects. In a new study published in BMJ, investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital evaluated whether taking vitamin D and/or omega fatty acid supplements could affect rates of AD. The team tested this in the large-scale vitamin D and Omega-3 Trial (VITAL), a randomized study which followed participants for approximately five years. Investigators found the people who took vitamin D, or vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids had a significantly lower rate of AD than people who took a placebo.


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