How does vitamin D help pain?

It was found that Vitamin D or 'the sunshine vitamin, decreases the production of cytokines, a protein that can trigger inflammation and sends pain signals to the brain. Although having no effect in reducing the risk of fibromyalgia, increasing vitamin D can no doubt help in reducing inflammation and decreasing pain sensitivity. Maintaining a healthy level of vitamin D in the blood is important in improving the chronic pain.

How much vitamin D is enough?

According to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS), it is recommended that children, teenager and adults below the age of 70 require 600 IU (international units) of vitamin D per day. Adults above 70 years of age should meet a minimum of 800 IU.

However, while aiming to meet your daily vitamin D requirements, it is also important not to overdose on vitamin D as it can lead to toxicity. A maixmum daily dosage of vitamin D is recommended at 4000 IU.

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