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New RCT suggests vitamin D supplementation has no effect on pain or headaches

In a new randomized controlled trial out of the journal Pain, researchers administered two different doses of vitamin D matched against a placebo to determine if vitamin D supplementation influences outcomes of pain and headaches.

Musculoskeletal pain and headaches are common conditions and occur frequently in the general population.

These conditions are found to be more prevalent among people with vitamin D deficiency, however much of the research has not focused on pain in a healthy population. Furthermore, studies comparing the effects of vitamin D supplementation on musculoskeletal pain to the effects of placebo are scarce.

The researchers in this study wanted to determine whether or not vitamin D supplementation reduced reports of pain and headaches and whether different doses led to different effects.

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  About: Jeff Nicklas

Jeff Nicklas was a staff member for the Vitamin D Council from October 2013 to January 2015. He is now pursuing his passion for public health through graduate studies.

One Response to New RCT suggests vitamin D supplementation has no effect on pain or headaches

  1. Yes, 1000 IU for only 4 months does not restore vitamin D levels, and does not provide much benefit.
    Title for this study in VitaminDWiki was
    Dark skinned in Norway: 1000 IU vitamin D not enough to reduce pain – RCT Sept 2014

    There are several studies reported each month which use too small of doses, for too little time, or do not use a loading dose.
    Examples on VitaminDWiki include
    Yet again, 800 IU of vitamin D was found to be barely enough to help bones – Lancet Oct 2013
    Yet again – 1700 IU vitamin D average does not reduce heart problems – March 2012