Vi­ta­min D cuts pain in half

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Sup­ple­ment­ing with vi­ta­min D can re­lieve pain from con­di­tions like arthri­tis, men­strual cramps, fi­bromyal­gia and chronic back is­sues, re­port re­searchers in the Jour­nal of En­docrinol­ogy. In a re­view of data from 10,552 sub­jects, tak­ing as lit­tle as 500 IU of vi­ta­min D a day was shown to re­duce pain scores by 50%. The study au­thors say vi­ta­min D sup­ple­men­ta­tion works in two ways: It stim­u­lates an an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory im­mune re­sponse and im­proves sleep—both of which work to de­crease pain sen­si­tiv­ity and sever­ity.

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