(As a follow up to an earlier blog on the subject)
A recent article spotlighting research in the UK discusses the ongoing debate over Vitamin D as a preventative measure amid the COVID 19 pandemic. The authors state that the vitamin, believed to have many protective properties for a host of diseases, is cheap, widely available and might help us fend off the coronavirus.
So, should we all be dosing up on the sunshine nutrient?
In March (2020), as coronavirus deaths in the UK began to mount, two hospitals in northeast England began taking vitamin D readings from patients and prescribing them with extremely high doses of the nutrient. Studies had suggested that having sufficient levels of vitamin D, which is created in the skin’s lower layers through the absorption of sunlight, plays a central role in immune and metabolic function and reduces the risk of certain community-acquired respiratory illnesses. But the conclusions were disputed, and no official guidance existed.