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Reduce pain in back and lower back pain with one vitamin supplement

George Morris physio Wigan

Back pain: Reduce pain in back and lower back pain with one vitamin supplement

BACK PAIN can be caused by a number of things, such as an injury or poor posture, or it could appear to have no cause at all. If you have pain in the back or lower back pain, taking a particular vitamin supplement could help to improve symptoms.

According to Bupa, back pain affects around one-third of the people in the UK each year. The most common type is lower back pain, otherwise known as lumbago. While pain in the back is not usually a sign of a serious health problem, some people experience it frequently throughout their lives. For others, back pain may disappear by itself after a few days, weeks or months. Some people develop back pain as a result of an injury or sprain, but for others there can be no apparent reason for it. Another cause of back pain is a deficiency in vitamin D.

Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body - nutrients which are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities and pain, such as rickets in children and a condition called osteomalacia in adults. It can also cause lower back pain.

According to health foods store Holland & Barrett, Indian researchers recently discovered those with low vitamin D levels also suffered from chronic low back pain.

“It’s thought the vitamin may have a role to play in reducing the immune system’s inflammatory response,” said Holland & Barrett.

“Large observational studies have found a relationship between a deficiency and chronic lower back pain,” said Healthline.

One study examined the association between vitamin D levels and back pain in more than 9,000 older women.

The researchers found those with vitamin D deficiency were more likely to have back pain, including severe back pain that limited their daily activities.

“Low blood levels of vitamin D may be a cause or contributing factor to bone pain and lower back pain,” said Healthline.

According to health experts, most people need 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day to maintain healthy levels.

As sunlight is the main source of vitamin D, it’s usually possible to naturally get this amount from spending time outdoors during the spring and summer.

However, in the autumn and winter there is not enough sunlight for the skin to absorb adequate levels of vitamin D.

For this reason, the UK Department of Health advises people in the UK take a vitamin D supplement every day during the colder months.

Supplements should contain no more than 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day, as taking too much can cause too much calcium to build up in the body, leading to bone, heart and kidney damage.

“If you choose to take vitamin D supplements, 10 micrograms a day will be enough for most people. Don't take more than 100 micrograms of vitamin D a day as it could be harmful,” said the NHS.

Vitamin D is also found in some foods, including oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolks, and some fortified foods.

Oily fish includes salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel. Fortified foods include most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals.


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