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17
November
2020

Vitamin D, the ‘sunshine nutrient’

 A recent report has suggested that Vitamin D protects Covid-19

 

As Covid-19 confined a lot of people to inside their homes, an increase in Vitamin D deficiency is expected. 

  

 

Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system. People usually make enough of it during summer by being exposed to sunlight. The process takes longer in those with darker skin, which blocks more ultraviolet radiation from the sun. In winter, vitamin D has to come from food, such as eggs, oily fish and mushrooms. It is difficult to eat enough to ingest the recommended dose.

The most natural way to increase our Vitamin D levels is to go on a long warm winter training camp. The next step would be to go on a shorter warm weather training camp. Alternatively, you could take Vitamin D supplements.

Before confinement, Britons had the highest Vitamin D deficiency at 22% whilst this deficiency was only 13.8% in Germany and 12.4% in Ireland. Other countries like Sweden and Finland fortify food products such as bread and flour with vitamin D. Whilst in the USA, Vitamin D has been added to cow’s milk.

The UK Government chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, asked how we could stop hospitals being overwhelmed this winter and the Academy of Medical Scientists concluded that we should be encouraged to take Vitamin D  

 

 

 

 

Adrian Martineau, professor of respiratory infection and immunity at Queen Mary University of London, who led the study said: “… it’s really a no-brainer to say that this is something that should be promoted.”

Charles Bangham, professor of immunology at Imperial College London and one of the authors of a Royal Society report on the coronavirus and vitamin D, said: “Preventing vitamin D deficiency may help to prevent severe Covid-19, but the most effective preventive measures are still physical distancing, face coverings and handwashing.”

The NHS says people should consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day during the pandemic.

So to help boost your Vitamin D levels, consider taking a longer than normal warm weather winter training camp.

 

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