Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin used by the body for normal bone development and maintenance by increasing the absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate. About one billion people worldwide have vitamin D deficiency.
It has been found that during the winter, 30-40 percent of people in the general population and belonging to all age groups are vitamin D deficient.
Near the end of the summer months, 13 percent of adolescents and 8 percent of adults are vitamin D deficient.
The intake of vitamin D and its status are imperative for overall health and wellbeing, as well as for bone and calcium-phosphate metabolism.
A study published in the National Library of Health, the correction of a vitamin D deficiency in helping to improve seizure control in epilepsy was analysed.
The study showed that correcting vitamin D deficiency reduced seizures in people with epilepsy.
Only one of the 13 people in the study had sufficient vitamin D levels at the start of the study.
All were provided with supplemental vitamin D based on their blood levels.
Each person was checked during the study to make sure that the vitamin D levels normalized and didn’t become toxic.
Seizures were recorded 90 days before and after individuals received the supplemental vitamin D.
Research in animals has also shown that vitamin D may play a role in seizures.
Seizure symptoms include:
- Jerking movements of the arms and legs
- Stiffening of the body
- Loss of consciousness
- Breathing problems or stopping breathing
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Falling suddenly for no apparent reason, especially when associated with loss of consciousness.