beta interferon boosts ability to absorb vitamin D from sunlight

Hi everyone

I 've posted below a message that I received from the MS Society on face book which I think you’ll agree is pretty interesting.

MARK COLVIN: Scientists at the Menzies Research Institute in Hobart have made an important discovery about one of the most common drug used to treat MS.

They’ve found that the drug - interferon-beta- appears to boost people’s ability to absorb vitamin D from sunlight.

It is often stated that scientists don’t know how these DMDs work, perhaps this gives some insight into it.


Hi Wendy,

How strange - so the amount of vitamin D I have added (5 000iu) to my diet is increased because I also have beta interferon. I also do as much sun bathing as possible too. If only all of these possible threads would add up.

Best Wishes,


Yes Moira, hope you are feeling good for all that vitamin D, I didn’t take enough vitamin D last winter and haven’t felt as good as I did last year. Definitely will be taking it this winter.