The high levels of multiple sclerosis in Scotland could be due to poor vitamin D, experts have claimed.

Oxford academic Professor George Ebers claims that for half the year people in Scotland do not get enough sunlight to provide adequate levels of vitamin D. Scotland has one of the highest levels of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, and it is believed the poor sunlight could play a major role in this.

Professor Ebers believes the link between the two - poor sunlight and high MS levels - is reason enough for foods to be fortified with vitamin D in order to prevent MS cases from occurring.

He told The Guardian: "Now the question is, can we finally persuade the public health authorities that they should supplement the population?"

Posted by Robert Mair on 28/12/2011