Taking a vitamin D supplements could prevent over three million cold and flu episodes a year in the UK, found a breakthrough study published in the British Medical Journal.
We already know that the nutrient, also known as ‘the sunshine vitamin‘, is vital for bone health and to fight against a low mood, but the latest research highlights its key value for our immune system.
The scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) discovered that a range of respiratory diseases – ranging from a slight cold to pneumonia – could be prevented by taking pills daily or weekly (which was found to be more effective than a monthly ‘super-dose).
Dr Emma Derbyshire, from the Health Supplements Information Service says: ‘The findings from the BMJ study are very interesting and not that surprising. An increasing number of studies have been findings links between vitamin D status and lung health, particularly in patients with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary lung disease, or cystic fibrosis.’