Everyone Should Take Vitamin D to Fight Infections Including COVID-19

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Health officials say that even in a normal Winter, everyone should take 10 micrograms of Vitamin D a day between October and March and it is particularly important this year because of coronavirus.

The United Kingdom is giving free vitamin D supplements to 2.5-M people who they deem are vulnerable to infections, including COVID-19.

This includes nursing home residents and people with serious health conditions who rarely get time outdoors in the Sun.

Since there is limited information on whether vitamin D can treat COVID, UK health secretary Matt Hancock has also called for a review into whether the “Sunshine vitamin” can reduce the risk of dying from COVID.

Health officials also said getting more vitamin D is still important for overall health. Their recommended dosage is just 400 IUs a day.

Vitamin D has 5 key roles in the body. It assists in:

  • promoting healthy bones and teeth
  • supporting immune, brain, and nervous system health
  • regulating insulin levels and supporting diabetes management
  • supporting lung function and cardiovascular health
  • influencing the expression of genes involved in cancer development

The recommended daily intakes of vitamin D are as follows:

  • Infants 0–12 months: 400 IU (10 mcg).
  • Children 1–18 years: 600 IU (15 mcg).
  • Adults up to 70 years: 600 IU (15 mcg).
  • Adults over 70 years: 800 IU (20 mcg).
  • Pregnant or lactating women: 600 IU (15 mcg).

Getting sufficient sunlight is the best way to help the body produce enough vitamin D. Plentiful food sources of vitamin D include:

  • fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna
  • egg yolks
  • cheese
  • beef liver
  • mushrooms
  • fortified milk
  • fortified cereals and juices

Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively

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