Vitamin D benefits can slash MS relapses

If you want to know how bad multiple sclerosis drugs are, consider this: Many patients would rather risk the misery of an attack than subject themselves to the risks and side effects of the meds.

And if you or someone you love is in that boat, I've got a lifeline for you -- a nondrug solution that can ease some of the worst symptoms of MS.

It's safe, effective, widely available and costs just pennies a day.

It's vitamin D. I recommend it to my own MS patients, and new research shows why it works: the higher your D levels, the lower your risk of MS attacks and everything that comes with them.

Keep your blood levels of D above 50 nmol/L, and you can cut your risk of an MS relapse by more than half. Not only that, but you can also expect a 57 percent reduction in new brain lesions, as well as a lower risk of the brain shrink that often accompanies the disease, according to the study in JAMA Neurology.

It's not the first time we've seen this link.

Other studies have found that MS patients are often badly deficient in the sunshine vitamin, and that symptoms ease or even vanish when those levels are raised with vitamin D benefits. We also know that MS is almost nonexistent in sunnier nations, and becomes more common as you move away from the equator.

That said, D deficiency alone isn't the only cause of MS attacks -- so D alone isn't the only answer.

Along with getting adequate levels of the sunshine vitamin, work with a doctor who can help test for all the possible factors that can cause or contribute to your MS symptoms -- including diet, food sensitivities, stress reactions and more.

There's another natural solution for MS that's bound to surprise you-- one that involves no drugs or even supplements at all, and can be done for free and from the comfort of your own home.