Unless you have been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of horoscopes. Whether you believe in horoscopes or not, the idea is that the month and day you were born determine which horoscope you are. Your horoscope can determine your personality, things you like, your luck…etc.
I personally am very skeptical of horoscopes, horoscopes aren’t really based on “science” per say. HOWEVER, science now has found a correlation between your birth month and your immune system. Don’t disregard me as crazy just yet! Let me explain, it actually is pretty logical.
Scientists studying the neurological disorder multiple sclerosis (MS) have discovered that people born during November have the lowest rate of geting MS, while people born in the spring have higher rates of MS. Why? It may have to do with Vitamin D. A correlation between immune systems and vitamin D level have been observed, although scientists aren’t a hundred percent sure about the cause and effect yet. Babies born in the spring are gestated during the darker, colder months of the year, while babies born in november are in the womb during the warmer, lighter months of the year. In other words, the darker, colder months provide less vitamin D for the mother during pregnancy. Studies show that babies born in the spring have a 20% lower vitamin D level when they are born .
Scientists think that vitamin D may be important in some way in educating T cells about how to recognize self cells; this occurs in the thymus, and errors in the training could lead to higher levels of the destructive T cells. T cells are cells that are a part of the immune system and can fight off pathogens. Further research is still in progress, but a correlation definitely is observed.
If you don’t already know, vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium better, which is essential for strong bones. Some studies say that healthy amounts of vitamin D may even help your body prevent diseases such as cancer at a genetic level. Vitamin D can somehow affect the genes that are in control of biological pathways in the body that can cause illnesses if they fail. Read more here.
If you are a spring baby, I’m sorry to tell you that research has yet to determine whether taking vitamin D supplements or just being under the sun more can help lower MS rates. But it couldn’t hurt right? Vitamin D has proven to help absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphate in the body. It could only help you to have enough vitamin D in your system. If you do regularly “see” sunlight, no further supplements are necessary. The sun has enough power to provide you all the vitamin D you need. So go out and enjoy the rare Pittsburgh sun and soak up some vitamin D!