Research has shown the power of vitamin D in reducing the risk of respiratory infections, including colds and ‘flu.
In light of the analysis, carried out at Queen Mary University London, which found that vitamin D helps to reduce the risk of respiratory infections, including colds and ‘flu, especially among people who don’t get enough vitamin D from exposure to sunlight or from their diets, medical doctor and Nutritionist, Dr Michelle Braude, has reiterated why we need to add a daily dose of the sunshine vitamin to our routine.
“There is clear evidence to support the use of vitamin D supplementation to help reduce both the incidence and severity of cold and ‘flu symptoms”, commented Dr Braude. She explained how at this time of year, with the peak of cold and ‘flu season, and colds spreading like wildfire, vitamin D deficiency is most prevalent during the peak of the season and there is clear evidence to support the use of supplementation.
She also advised that susceptibility to infection and illness is the primary symptom of a poor immune system and a person with weakened immunity is at an increased risk of experiencing more severe infections, which are harder to treat. Some other signs to look out for include fatigue, digestive difficulties and joint pain.
And if you succumb to winter bugs regularly, Dr Braude’s advice would be to eat a colourful, varied diet, filled with fresh wholefood ingredients, instead of highly processed packaged foods and to supplement with vitamin D all year. She also advised that for those who struggle taking tablets, or suffer from pill fatigue, a vitamin D oral spray is proven to be just as effective.