Vitamin D Raises Risk of Schizophrenia, and here is why. We receive Vitamin D from a wide slew of things: sunlight, fish, soymilk, milk, and even chocolate. A healthy level of Vitamin D gives us healthy bones and teeth. However, Vitamin D deficiency has a surprising effect on specifical schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis and Schizophrenia
Did your doctor ever say that if you get a lot of sunlight exposure, you’d get tons of good sunlight and it would decrease the chance of getting multiple sclerosis? Actually, Vitamin D has been linked to a couple neuropsychiatric disorders, like schizophrenia, autism and Alzheimer’s. It’s been clear with most of them, but not as much with schizophrenia.
The main focus of the study was to explore if a variation of a gene associated with vit-D deficiency had any effect in chronic psychosis. The results of the study were quite disparate: one of the results showed that increased vit-D levels can increase the risk of multiple sclerosis while at the same time decrease the risk of schizophrenia.
What Does This Mean?
The study isn’t conclusive enough. However, one this is clear. Nothing in excess or surplus is good for the human body. Don’t go crazy about Vitamin D. Keep it simple. Spend enough time under the sun but cover up well and wear sunblock if you have to. If concerned, talk to your doctor about your Vitamin levels, because it is always better to be safe than sorry.