Scientists in the UK are urging for ministers to add vitamin D to common foods such as bread and milk to help the fight against Covid-19.
Data obtained by research and studies show that half the UK population has a vitamin D deficiency, and government guidance that people should take supplements is not working, according to a group convened by Dr.Gareth Davies, a medical physics researcher.
Vitamin D which is produced within a human in response to strong light has shown to pose a resistance against Covid-19. Low levels of vitamin D, which our bodies produce in response to strong sunlight, may lead to a greater risk of catching the coronavirus or suffering more severe effects of infection, according to some studies. Last week, researchers in Spain found that 82% of coronavirus patients out of 216 admitted to hospital had low vitamin D levels. The picture is mixed, however – some research shows that vitamin D levels have little or no effect on Covid-19, flu, and other respiratory diseases.
This is also a clear indication as most countries closer to the equator are controlling the pandemic in a more successful manner. The strong sunlight that falls on these countries naturally helps the people in those countries to produce vitamin D within them.
Ways to obtain Vitamin D
- Oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
- Red meat
- Egg yolks
- Fortified foods – such as some fat spreads and breakfast cereals
More information can be obtained at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/31/add-vitamin-d-bread-milk-help-fight-covid-urge-scientists-deficiency-supplements