My step dad has developed Parkinsons in my research I discover that a shortage of vitamin D has been linked to Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s.
A study by the Emory Uni School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, found those with these diseases were more likely to have insufficient vitamin D than healthy people of the same age. The part of the brain affected by Parkinson’s Disease has a high number of vitamin D receptors, which could explain the connection.
Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, has also been the centre of recent attention for immune system health, and relief from widespread pain.
Vitamin D is found naturally in oily fish and eggs. Oily fish is great for general health too, but vegans will struggle here. Vitamin D isn’t available as a pilll you can ‘pop’ either, so the moral of the story has to be to get outside as much as you can especially in these cooler months.
Taking vitamin supplements
Recent research has also highlighted how taking vitamin supplements could help protect against macular degeneration. People with higher levels of antioxidant vitamins are less likely to suffer eye damage. Taking vitamins C, Vitamin E, carotenoids and zinc all help eyes stay healthy. Published in ‘Archives of Opthalmalogy’, a team at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine concluded that middle-aged people could cut their risk of macular degeneration by protecting their eyes from harsh sunlight and taking vitamin supplements.
That is a specific need, but generally our bodies may well need that top up for winter wellness, so if for any reason you don’t get round to eating nutritiously, do consider taking a good all round multivit.