BRITS should take vitamin D supplements while locking out the coronavirus, says the NHS.
The vitamin is produced by exposing the skin to the sun and is essential for a healthy immune system.
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Health leaders have posted an update on the NHS website saying that, as we are spending more and more time indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, the British should take a vitamin D supplement to compensate the lack of sun.
He said, “Consider taking ten micrograms of vitamin D a day to keep your bones and muscles healthy.
“It’s because you may not be getting enough vitamin D from the sun if you are indoors most of the day.
“You can buy vitamin D supplements at most pharmacies and supermarkets. Do not buy more than you need. “
The advice comes after it was revealed that scientists should determine whether vitamin D can help coronavirus patients fight the disease.
Consider taking ten micrograms of vitamin D per day
A research team from the University of Granada in Spain is to conduct a ten-week trial involving 200 Covid-19 patients to determine whether taking “sunshine vitamin” can help fight the disease.
The scientist says that a lack of vitamin D in calves has been the main cause of bovine coronavirus infections in the past.
The study aims to determine whether “the use of vitamin D induces significant improvements in health … as well as the prevention of a deterioration of health”.
Dr. Jenna Macciochi of the University of Sussex said: “If you are deficient in vitamin D, you are three to four times more likely to get a cold.
“So it makes sense that a viral respiratory infection like Covid-19 would be worse if you had a vitamin D deficiency.”
What is the recommended daily dose of vitamin D?
Public Health England recommends that British people consider taking vitamin D supplements due to the lockout.
Although they are very safe, taking more than the recommended amount each day can be dangerous in the long run.
Here are the recommended daily doses based on age:
- Children 1-10 years of age should be no more than 50 micrograms per day
- Infants (under 12 months of age) should be no more than 25 micrograms per day
- Adults should not have more than 100 micrograms per day and if they are taking supplements, the recommended amount is 10 micrograms per day
Despite this, the NHS says there is currently “no evidence” that vitamin D reduces the risk of coronavirus.
Commenting on the advice, Dr. Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said, “With the nation left to save lives and protect the NHS, many people are spending more time inside and may not get any the vitamin D they need from the sun.
“To protect their bone and muscle health, they should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D – there is not enough evidence to support the recommendation of vitamin D to reduce the risk of Covid-19.” “
PHE previously recommended that everyone take a ten-microgram supplement of vitamin D during the fall and winter months, reports the Telegraph.
More sunshine in spring and summer meant that it was no longer needed by most people, but this has been updated to recommend that everyone continue taking it.
There is insufficient evidence to support the recommendation of vitamin D to reduce the risk of Covid-19
Dr Alison Tedstone
In the past, research has shown that those who take the “sunshine vitamin” 2p-a-pill regularly reduce their risk of respiratory infection by 12 percent – the level of protection offered by the flu vaccine.
And there is evidence to suggest that those with breathing problems may reduce the risks with the tablets.
A study by Queen Mary University in London found that the most severely deficient people who take it daily cut their risk in half.
Vitamin D is thought to repel respiratory infections by stimulating antibiotic substances in the lungs.
Study leader Professor Adrian Martineau said that 3.25 million fewer people contract at least one acute respiratory infection each year if everyone takes a daily or weekly vitamin D supplement.
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Professor Adrian Martineau said, “This research has provided the first definitive evidence that vitamin D actually protects against respiratory infections.
“Fortification provides a regular and low supply of vitamin D which has virtually eliminated a profound deficiency in several countries.”
Vitamin D is essential to help your body absorb calcium as well as strengthen the immune system.
It is found in:
- Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
- Fortified foods such as spreads and certain breakfast cereals
- Red meat
- Egg yolks
However, most people do not have enough.
Studies show that about one in five adults are said to be lacking in “sunshine vitamin”, but 79% ignore government prompts for a supplement.
The body makes vitamin D when exposed to the sun – so those living in cooler, less sunny climates, such as the UK, are at higher risk of being vitamin D deficient.
People with dark skin need more sun than those with light skin to generate enough vitamin D.
The most obvious places to buy vitamin D tablets and supplements are in pharmacies and supermarkets.
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Asda has listed different brands of vitamin D in stock, with prices starting at £ 1 for a pack of 120 tablets.
While Morrisons and Tesco sell 90 vitamin D tablets for £ 3.
Sainsbury’s currently does not have adult vitamin D tablets in stock, but sells 30 packets of Haliborange Kids vitamin D tablets for £ 3.50.