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Some people might want to consider it during the pandemic. Here’s why.
Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency
have issued similar advice for the lockdown period.
Sara Stanner, of the British Nutrition Foundation, said:”Staying at home is immensely important and, while many of us have limited access to sunlight, this means we need to take a little extra care to keep our vitamin D levels healthy.”
Why do we need vitamin D?
Vitamin D is important for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. A lack of it can lead to a bone deformity illness called rickets in children, and a similar bone weakness condition called osteomalacia in adults.
to common colds and flu, although there is no evidence that vitamin D boosts the immune system.
Should I take lots of it?
No. Although vitamin D supplements are very safe, taking more than the recommended amount every day can be dangerous in the long run.
If you choose to take vitamin D supplements:
Children aged one to 10 should not have more than 50 micrograms a day
Infants (under 12 months) should not have more than 25 micrograms a day
Adults should not have more than 100 micrograms a day, with the recommended amount 10 micrograms a day
Vitamin D has anti-inflammatory effects and capsules are available in supermarkets
Higher doses may sometimes be recommended by a doctor for patients with proven vitamin D deficiency.
Some people with certain medical conditions, such as kidney problems, cannot safely take vitamin D.
Can it stop coronavirus?
No. There is no evidence that it reduces the risk of catching or getting ill with coronavirus.
But experts do think that it may have benefits during the pandemic.
Vitamin D supplements will improve the health of people who are deficient.
Some researchers have suggested that vitamin D deficiency might be linked with poorer outcomes if someone catches coronavirus. But other underlying risk factors, such as heart disease, are common in these patients too, making it hard to draw conclusions.
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