By now you know all about the powerful health benefits of vitamin D… and the fact that most people living in the Northern hemisphere are diffident in the sunshine vitamin.
And now that summer has finally arrived you may think you have enough time to top up on your vitamin D levels… but it turns out that you may need more than a few months of being in the sun to protect you against winter infections.
But don’t let that put you off, because once you’ve read about the latest vitamin D, colds, flu and other respiratory infections – usually associated with the winter months – could be a thing of the past.
Researchers in Colorado studied the effects of vitamin D supplements on care home patients over the course of a year.
The patients who took higher doses of vitamin D (as much as 3,400 to 4,400 IUs) slashed their risk of developing acute respiratory infections by nearly HALF – faring better than patients who took just 400 to 1,000 IUs of D daily.
What’s more, the vitamin D also improved the condition of some patients suffering from more severe respiratory issues, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
It’s important to know where your vitamin D levels are at, especially since most of us are deficient, especially as we get older. You can ask your doctor for a simple blood test. And if it turns out that your levels are low, work with an experienced integrative medicine doctor to optimize your levels.
I usually recommend at least 2000 IUs of D daily, but some people need more like 4000 IUs daily.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Flu Season Starting to Peak, webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20170106/flu-season-starting-to-peak#1
Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161116103005.htm