There is a growing consensus among doctors and scientists across the globe, that an individual’s Vitamin D status can affect disease outcome.
In short, Vitamin D deficiency is correlated with increased chances of hospitalisation and morbidity whereas those with optimal levels of Vitamin D are more likely to experience milder symptoms or even be asymptomatic.
Vitamin D is the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’. Our skin naturally synthesises Vitamin D when exposed to the sun through the summer months. We had a beautiful summer in the UK this year and many of us will have good levels of vitamin D presently. However, these levels will start to decline over the coming months making it important to supplement. This is especially true for people with darker skin, those who wear high factor sunscreen or are house-bound and those who may dress modestly for religious reasons.
Vitamin D is critical for a healthy immune system. It reduces inflammation in the body and inflammation is a key driver almost all chronic diseases. For this reason, the NHS and Public Health England have been recommending that we supplement with Vitamin D each winter since 2016.
It is advisable to take Vitamin D with Vitamin K found in green leafy vegetables.
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