HEALTH leaders have launched an urgent review of the potential benefits of Vitamin D for coronavirus patients.
Studies have already suggested that a vitamin deficiency makes a person more likely to die after contracting the virus.
The UK is relatively low in sunshine and the British diet means Vitamin D deficiency is a widespread problem in the country.
It is estimated that one in five adults and one in six children do not get enough vitamin D – a problem that their fear could be exacerbated by the lockout.
A study by Anglia Ruskin University found that European countries where vitamin D deficiency is common have seen high deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the Department of Health, today announced a rapid review of the evidence “looking at the trend, the Guardian reported.
The results of the exam will be published in the coming weeks.
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, which advises England’s Public Health and other government organizations on nutrition, will also be completing a report.
Increased vulnerability caused by a lack of vitamin D could be part of the reason why both the elderly and certain minority ethnic groups have seen an increase in the lethality rate of the virus.
Melanin, the pigment that makes the skin darker, decreases the skin’s ability to produce vitamin D in response to exposure to the sun.
The body’s ability to produce vitamin also decreases as a person ages.
In April, Public Health in England advised Britons to start taking vitamin D supplements to help maintain healthy bones and muscles during lockout.
Earlier this month, the Scottish government also recommended that anyone from a darker-skinned ethnic group should start taking a supplement.
Officials are said to be the question of whether the supplement can be prescribed in hospitals to help lessen the impact of the second wave.
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Professor Adrian Martineau of Queen Mary University, who is currently conducting a study on the vulnerability of coronaviruses to people of different lifestyles, says the Guardian benefits of vitamin D could be substantial.
“Vitamin D could almost be considered a drug to help the body deal with viral respiratory infections,” he said.