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Can Low Vitamin D Lead to Brain Damage?

By meisenstein at Dec. 9, 2013, 10:58 a.m., 11036 hits

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2013) - A new study led by University of Kentucky researchers suggests that a diet low in vitamin D causes damage to the brain.

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In addition to being essential for maintaining bone health, newer evidence shows that vitamin D serves important roles in other organs and tissue, including the brain. Published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, the UK study showed that middle-aged rats that were fed a diet low in vitamin D for several months developed free radical damage to the brain, and many different brain proteins were damaged as identified by redox proteomics. These rats also showed a significant decrease in cognitive performance on tests of learning and memory.

“Given that vitamin D deficiency is especially widespread among the elderly, we investigated how during aging from middle-age to old-age how low vitamin D affected the oxidative status of the brain,” said lead author on the paper Allan Butterfield, professor in the UK Department of Chemistry, director of the Center of Membrane Sciences, faculty of Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and director of the Free Radical Biology in Cancer Core of the Markey Cancer Center. “Adequate vitamin D serum levels are necessary to prevent free radical damage in brain and subsequent deleterious consequences.”


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— Last Edited by Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH at 2013-12-09 11:00:03 —

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