According to a study just published in the online issue of Neurology in August of 2020, supplementing with Vitamin D and Calcium twice daily may reduce your chances of getting Vertigo again. For suffers of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, that is good news. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo occurs when a change in the position of the head gives a person a sudden spinning sensation. This is one of the most common types of Vertigo and recurs often. Approximately 86% of people with this type of Vertigo find it to be extremely disruptive and often causes individuals to miss out on many types of activities. Current treatment for this type of Vertigo includes a doctor performing a series of head movements that cause a shift in particles located in the ears that cause the Vertigo.
Over 900 individuals with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and who underwent successful head movement treatment participated in this study. Participants were separated into two groups; observation and intervention.
The 445 individuals in the intervention group had their Vitamin D levels taken at the onset of the study. 348 of those individuals were found to have Vitamin D levels below 20 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter) and they were started on a supplement containing 400 IU of Vitamins along with 500 mg of Calcium. They received these supplements twice daily. The balance of participants in the intervention group with Vitamin D levels above 20 ng/ml, were not given any supplements.
Over 500 individuals were placed in the observation group and they did not have their Vitamin D levels monitored nor did they receive any supplements.
The participants in the intervention group who were given the twice daily Calcium and Vitamin D supplements had a lower recurrence rate for Vertigo episodes after an average of one year when compared to the participants in the observation group. The average recurrence rate in the supplement group was .83 times per person per year, compared to 1.10 times per person per year for the participants in the observation group. That translates into a 24% reduction in annual recurrence rate. Participants who were more deficient in Vitamin D at the onset of the study appeared to see a greater benefit in reductions in annual recurrence rates. Only 38% of participants in the intervention group had another Vertigo episode compared with 47% of participants in the observation group.
Researchers were excited to find a low risk, inexpensive treatment option for possible prevention of this common recurring disorder.
Here is a little more information about Calcium:
Calcium, the most abundant mineral is a major component of both bone and teeth. Calcium, need a transporter or carrier to be absorbed. Also it is important to have both vitamins D and K present to aid in calcium absorption. High levels of other minerals may actual hamper calcium’s assimilation. Sodium for example is a mineral which we need very little of, however, it is ingested by many people in large dosages. This excess sodium binds to calcium and both are then excreted by the body.
It is commonly recommended to supplement calcium with magnesium at a 2:1 ratio (Calcium to Magnesium), with a 1:1 ratio recommended under certain medical conditions or when one has a diet heavy in calcium intake.
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