From December, vulnerable people living in the UK will receive free doses of vitamin D for four months. This is given that numerous studies confirm the value of vitamin D in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. So Britain decided to go further to protect its inhabitants.
In December, millions of vulnerable people will receive free vitamin D supplements for four months: nursing home residents and people undergoing treatment (including cancer treatment). The move comes after health secretary Matt Hancock decided to act quickly in light of new evidence of vitamin D’s benefits in the new coronavirus infection.
The main source of vitamin D remains sun exposure, during which time it is synthesized by the body. Vitamin D is essential for the body’s absorption of certain minerals and is found in certain foods. Thus, the richest food is cod liver oil and fatty fish, such as herring, sardines, anchovies, trout, perch, salmon, etc.
Vitamin D deficiency
Residents around the world have been supplied with vitamins in an effort to stop the Covid-19 epidemic. But the choices are not the same in different parts of the world. When South Americans choose zinc, Europeans have chosen to eat more foods fortified with vitamin D, notes Sante Magazine. Hungary, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and Norway are especially concerned about vitamin D. Asians, especially Filipinos, Malaysians and Indonesians, have opted for vitamin C.
In early November, researchers found that eight out of 10 patients hospitalized for a Covid-19 infection did not have enough vitamin D. According to the results of this study, mainly men would be affected:
“Vitamin D treatment should be recommended in patients with low blood levels, as this approach may have beneficial effects on both the musculoskeletal system and the immune system,” said the study authors.
In turn, the World Health Organization (WHO) believes that vitamin D can play a role in the prevention of respiratory infections:
“Vitamin D deficiency may impair the immune system as it plays an immunomodulatory role and enhances innate immunity. Recent meta-analyzes have reported a protective effect of vitamin D supplementation on respiratory tract infections.”