A new study has shown researchers that taking vitamin D might well be a better option than receiving a flu shot. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) examined respiratory tract infections, these ranged from simple colds to full-blown pneumonia. They found that 1 in every 33 people who supplemented with vitamin D were protected from respiratory tract infections. That number is 1 in 40 in concern with flu shots. That’s a staggering differential when you take into account the greater whole of the population.
Vitamin D has long been held as one of the essential supplements. Many people are vitamin D deficient and don’t know it. Due to sunscreens and a lack of sun exposure based on popular mainstream fears, people just don’t get enough vitamin D production from their own bodies. Vitamin D affects a range of bodily functions.
The tests on the vitamin D consumption to prevent infections yield diverse results. Consequently, the researchers pooled data on 11,321 people from 25 different trials to attain a conclusive outcome.
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“Assuming a UK population of 65 million, and that 70 percent have at least one acute respiratory infection each year, then daily or weekly vitamin D supplements will mean 3.25 million fewer people would get at least one acute respiratory infection a year,” research member Prof Adrian Martineau, said.
Flu shots have long been condemned as ineffective. Typically, pharma’s excuses involve “multiple strains” as a way to justify efficacy failures.
Per the article cited earlier, there were critics.
There are reasonable arguments about the significance of the latest study. As per Prof Louis Levy, the head of nutrition science at PHE, the proof is inconsistent. There’s no enough evidence to reinforce the recommendation of vitamin D for respiratory tract infection risks’ reduction. Professor Martin Hewison, from the University of Birmingham and the Society for Endocrinology, however, expressed that the findings were impressive.