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In total, the study suggests that over three million British people could be spared colds each year by simply taking a regular supplement.
The researchers have called for Vitamin D to be put into more foods, like in the US, to help increase the nation's consumption. This, however, will be a long process, if even agreed upon, with a daily or weekly supplement being your best option for now.
Both the NHS and Public Health England (PHE) recommend those in the UK all take a Vitamin D supplement between the months of October to March, due to the climate. Yet, neither have suggested this should be done for the prevention of colds but rather for bone and muscle health.
The tides do seem to be changing however, with leading health experts recognising the importance of this study. Professor Martin Hewison of the University of Birmingham was quoted as saying the findings were “striking”, adding “I agree with the authors that this study supports a new vindication for Vitamin D beyond its established benefits for bone health”.
Whilst the research branch of the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research, whom funded the study, believed the results are “worthy of serious further debate”.
There are hundreds and hundreds of Vitamin D supplements to choose from out there but it's vital to get the right one. Many offer just a normal dose of the vitamin whilst some offer both Vitamin D and other minerals.
It's important to understand what exactly Vitamin D does when picking your perfect supplement. Rather than directly protecting your bones and muscles, it is actually calcium that does that job. Vitamin D rather ensures that any calcium you have is stored in the bones for proper use.
Without enough calcium in your diet, your body will start taking too much calcium from your bones, leading to a loss of bone mass and chances of osteoporosis.
Consequently, it makes way more sense to take a supplement that has both Vitamin D and calcium, right?
We're still not quite in spring yet, so make sure to get your All in a Day Calcium + Vitamin D now to protect not only your bones and muscles but also to fight off those pesky winter colds!