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Vitamin D helps to prevent colds and flu?
Started by: Dave xl5 (289)  Report abuse
Heard on the news that it seems to be a good idea to take a vitamin D supplement from the autumn, and through the winter months. This is to compensate for the lack of daylight which is the main way the body obtains it. It's good for the bones and teeth, and helps the body fight infections. They said that is seems to help guard against catching colds and flu. It may be just a coincidence that I have been taking it this winter and have not yet had a cold; the first time ever if it lasts till the spring. So I for one will, on top of my annual flu jab carry on with the daily dose all year round.

Posted by: PeterP (6017) Report abuse
Its the IN thing with Doctors to prescribe Vitamin D tablets

Posted by: spiderwoman (831) Report abuse
Yes, apparently this is true. Also I believe they can help when fighting certain types of cancer.

Posted by: aussie94 (1562) Report abuse
do not have such problems in Sydney ,plenty of great sunshie.

Posted by: roylew (2269) Report abuse
I am gonna get some today!!!!

Posted by: kathpressey (4191)  Report abuse
no need for tablets. 15 minutes ourdoors each day provides enough Vitamin D

Posted by: momac (8110)  Report abuse
I put onions in practically every meal..and can't remember when we last had a cold...they're one of natures antibiotics.

Posted by: aussie94 (1562) Report abuse
momac ,I love onions on the barbie and then with a sausagr on a fresh bread roll with loads of butter and tomato sauce. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by: jo anne (31462)   Report abuse
The new study found:

Supplements were more effective for people already deficient in vitamin D,
and cut infections by about 10% in those who had more of the vitamin already


Further info: BBC Link

Posted by: spiderwoman (831) Report abuse
I take Vitamin D supplements sporadically when I remember to take them. I should take them everyday really. They are said to have fantastic health benefits.

Aussie94, you are sooo lucky, getting all that sunshine!

Momac, great tip there, thanks. Onions are said to be packed with nutrients also.

Posted by: spiderwoman (831) Report abuse
I take Vitamin D supplements sporadically when I remember to take them. I should take them everyday really. They are said to have fantastic health benefits.

Aussie94, you are sooo lucky, getting all that sunshine!

Momac, great tip there, thanks. Onions are said to be packed with nutrients also.

Posted by: broady (12485)   Report abuse
Another loss leader for the NHS. Doctors will start to put them on prescription and a medication that is quite cheap will be a tenner a time to the NHS. I take a Vitamin D every day because my blood work said I was slightly deficient. I have no idea if it helps with colds because I rarely get them but I don't know if that is natural or Vitamin D. We have to buy them and I watch for when they are on sale and swoop.

Posted by: aussie94 (1562) Report abuse
spiderwoman , Yes we are , I love getting out in my gardens a nd soaking up the sun , does wonders for arthritis

Posted by: broady (12485)   Report abuse
Spiderwoman,
We get lots of sun, especially in the cold winter months and the local Doctors reckon most people are deficient in Vitamin D. I have at least three sun holidays a year and spend hours on my deck / gardening and it was still low.

Posted by: Dave xl5 (289)  Report abuse
aussie94.

You make it sound so good, and I'm sure it is as long as you take care and don't over do it. But I've heard it said that there are more critters, big and small, wet and dry that can kill you over there than anywhere else in the world. If so I think I'll stay here and take my vitamin D.

Posted by: billy (25874)  Report abuse
keep the shades handy aussie....oh I nearly forgot, watch out fer sun-stroke...it can blind yis.....trustme....not to mention some of the worlds most poisonous reptiles abide in ya long grass???hmmmm, think I"l stay put and count my blessings.

Posted by: spiderwoman (831) Report abuse
Er, yes that is true, Dave, they have huge spiders, snakes and all sorts over there. I think I'll stay here!

Broady, sounds like you are doing all the right things to get lots of sun. I wonder why your vitamin D is low? Is it at the right level when you take supplements?

Posted by: aussie94 (1562) Report abuse
critters , not where I live, all good here Gods country

Posted by: jarvo (27568)  Report abuse
English reject...

Posted by: aussie94 (1562) Report abuse
aah so says the boy from Tv who has never been out of Pem.
Well done little lad

 
 
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