SIGN UP FOR UPDATES!
Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
ENGLEMED
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BOOKS AND GIFTS THIS WAY!
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here
SEARCH THIS SITE
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
FreeDigitalPhotos
www.freedigitalphotos.net
FreeWebPhotos
www.freewebphoto.com
FROM OUR NEWS FEEDS
Gene test proposed following neonatal encephalopathy
Wed August 5th - Gene profiling could predict outcomes for new born babies following oxygen deprivation, as well as help explain the mechanisms causing the damage, British researchers say. More
COVID-19 infection possible in early gestation
Wed August 5th - Genes which allow COVID-19 infection to take hold are present in the first trimester of pregnancy, researchers report today. More
RECENT COMMENTS
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote:
https://epidemicj17.imascientist.org.uk/2017/06/21... on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...
On 12/03/2017 Steph wrote:
The photo you have paired with this article is its... on 'Fat shaming' limits...
OTHER NEWS FEEDS OF INTEREST
ENGLEMED HEALTH NEWS

Study backs vitamin D to prevent infection

Thursday February 16th, 2017

Low levels of vitamin D may help explain the spread of colds and flu during the winter, according to a major international research project published today.

The researchers say their findings suggest that vitamin D supplements can protect against acute respiratory infections - and call for vitamin D fortification of food in affected regions.

The findings suggest that the supplements work best in those with the lowest levels of the vitamin - as might be found among people who stay indoors during the winter.

The findings, reported in The BMJ, come from an analysis of 25 randomised clinical trials involving 11,000 people in countries including the USA, UK, India, Afghanistan, Belgium and Italy.

This showed a 12% reduction in people succumbing to infection after taking vitamin D supplementation.

The researchers said the individual trials showed conflicting results, partly because of different levels of the vitamin the population.

Researcher Professor Adrian Martineau, from Queen Mary, University of London, UK, said: “This major collaborative research effort has yielded the first definitive evidence that vitamin D really does protect against respiratory infections.

“The bottom line is that the protective effects of vitamin D supplementation are strongest in those who have the lowest vitamin D levels, and when supplementation is given daily or weekly rather than in more widely spaced doses.

“Vitamin D fortification of foods provides a steady, low-level intake of vitamin D that has virtually eliminated profound vitamin D deficiency in several countries."

He added: "By demonstrating this new benefit of vitamin D, our study strengthens the case for introducing food fortification to improve vitamin D levels in countries such as the UK where profound vitamin D deficiency is common.”

The findings are challenged in the journal by Mark Bolland from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Alison Avenell from the University of Aberdeen, who say that the results may not apply to the general population.

Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data’. Martineau et al. BMJ 16 February 2017 [abstract]

Tags: Alternative Therapy | Asia | Diet & Food | Europe | Flu & Viruses | North America | Respiratory | UK News

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

Name:
Email:
Comment:
<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)
CATEGORIES