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Study: Vitamin D and omega-3 supplements reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases

A study by Brigham And Women’s Hospital, based in Boston, USA, has concluded that taking vitamin D and omega-3 supplements reduces a person’s susceptibility to autoimmune diseases.

According to Study Finds, autoimmune diseases occur when the body attacks itself, believing parts of the body are foreign invaders.

Some of the more common autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis, Inflammatory bowel disease, and Multiple sclerosis.

The researchers came to this conclusion after a study of 25,871 people, composed of women 55 years and older and men 50 years and older. Over a five-year period, some were asked to take vitamin D. Others were given omega-3 supplements or, unknowingly, a placebo.

Taking vitamin D supplements reduced the incidents of autoimmune by 22%, and those taking omega-3 supplements had 130 incidents of autoimmune diagnoses compared to 148 for those not taking the supplement.

The people receiving vitamin D supplements took 2000 IU daily and those receiving omega-3, 1000 mg daily.

READ: Taking these supplements can help lower risk of developing autoimmune diseases

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