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Study shows regular Vitamin D intake reduces risk of illness by 50%

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBy consuming Vitamin D sufficiently and on a regular basis can help reduce the risk of upper respiratory diseases by 50%. Everyday consumption of Vitamin D also helps protect people from the common cold, which is typical for autumn and winter months, as noted in a study performed by British National Health Service.

The study was published in the British Medical Journal. Nearly 11,000 people from around the world participated in it. The point was to study the effect Vitamin D has on upper respiratory illnesses – bronchitis, pneumonia, otitis media and cold. This study was performed over a course of several years.

The study shows that regular and sufficient consumption of Vitamin D helps reduce the number of patients suffering from acute respiratory infections by 12%. Regular consumption of Vitamin D for people suffering from Vitamin D deficiency helps reduce the risk of infection by 50%.

The published study mentions that our organism generates Vitamin D naturally when our skin is exposed to the sun. Although different foods contain Vitamin D (such as fatty fish), it is hard to ensure regular and sufficient Vitamin D intake all year round.

Until now studies largely focused on the positive effect Vitamin D has on human health, specifically the main function this vitamin has – ensuring calcium and phosphorus absorption in the organism to help with healthy bone growth and development.

Still, researchers have been working hard to find a link between Vitamin D and respiratory illnesses for years. The common point is that these illnesses become more common in autumn and winter – when the possibility of getting Vitamin D naturally from sun rays reduces.

It is believed that Vitamin D increases the level of anti-bacterial peptides in the lungs, reducing the risk of illnesses.

Considering results of this study, researchers recommend people to consider higher Vitamin D intake in autumn and winter to maintain immune system and bone health.

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