Dee's Blog

23.10.2017

Vitamin D Can Stop Colds and Flu

This week is Vitamin D Awareness Week and it's the perfect time of year to highlight this helpful and versatile vitamin.

The benefits of the Sunshine Vitamin are well researched and documented and recent findings from researchers at Queen Mary University in London confirm what many of us have known for some time, that taking Vitamin D in Autumn and Winter can help prevent both colds and flu – in over 3 million of us. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, show it to be more effective than the flu vaccine with the National Institute for Health Research (who funded the study) calling the results “worthy of serious further debate” and Professor Martin Hewison, from the University of Birmingham and the Society for Endocrinology, saying the findings were "striking".

And that’s not all that this clever vitamin can do for us.

In July last year, the question of Vitamin D intake came under the spotlight when the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) published a report advising the government to set a recommended daily intake of Vitamin D across the UK.

This is a seachange in thinking around the whole subject and it’s certainly the case that we need adequate amounts of Vitamin D to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body - nutrients needed to keep our bones and teeth healthy.

Also earlier in 2016, a study, funded by the Medical Research Council, found that a daily dose of vitamin D3 can dramatically improve heart function in people with chronic heart failure.

Researchers from the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, found Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy may lead to stronger bones in babies born during the winter months.

Results from a recent study announced at the International Early Psychosis Association in Milan, showed a significant association between low levels of vitamin D and “higher levels of negative symptoms and of depression” among people with psychosis. They also found a significant link to reduced verbal fluency and cognitive impairments.

Of course, sunshine is one of the easiest ways of generating it but the risks of sun exposure mean that, sometimes, we don’t always get the amounts of Vitamin D that we need, and, let's face it, living in the UK doesn't always provide ample opportunities to catch some rays. 

We stock a range of products in our shop which will help you to get the optimum amount of Vitamin D a day including DLux oral sprays and Vitamin D capsules. You can also pop in and see us at D. Atkinson Herbalist for more information on supplementing your diet with Vitamin D to fend off colds and flu.

Here's a handy rundown of the current guidelines from the NHS on Vitamin D intake. 

 

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Dee Atkinson MNIMH

Dee is one of the UK's top herbalists and owns and runs D. Atkinson Herbalist in Edinburgh - a herbal dispensary and shop which provide a wide range of herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements, herbal skincare as well as a herbal dispensary. Next door is Napiers Clinic.

Dee qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1988 and took over Napiers the Herbalists in 1990, building it up into one of the UKs most respected and trusted Complementary Medicine Clinics.

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