Researchers this week announced findings that vitamin D and fish oil supplements — two widely available and cheap treatments — can help to treat the wide illness category of autoimmune disorders.
The study, published in the journal BMJ, claimed that “vitamin D supplementation for five years … reduced autoimmune disease by 22%,” while omega 3 fatty acid supplements “reduced the autoimmune disease rate by 15%.”
The researchers, based in a variety of institutions out of Boston, Mass., noted that “autoimmune diseases, characterized by an inflammatory autoimmune response to self-tissues, are the third leading cause of morbidity in the industrialized world and a leading cause of mortality among women.”
Those diseases “are chronic conditions with increasing prevalence with age and major societal and economic burdens due to a lack of effective treatments,” the scientists said.
The paper said that vitamin D had already been “inconsistently associated” with “reduced risk of several autoimmune diseases” in some cases, while omega 3 fatty acids reportedly “decrease systemic inflammation and ameliorate symptoms in some autoimmune diseases.”