Vitamin D protects against viral infections

You could protect yourself better against viral infections, especially during autumn and winter, with vitamin D supplementation, says a new study.

Since vitamin D levels decrease during the year’s last quarter when days are shorter and sunlight is relatively weak, this may explain why people are more prone to viral infection during these times.

The study also suggests that vitamin D supplementation, especially in older populations, could strengthen people’s innate immunity against viral infections, the Journal of Leukocyte Biology reports.

`As more and more research into Vitamin D is conducted, we are learning that it is extremely important for human health,` said Victor Manuel Martinez-Taboada, researcher in rheumatology at the Hospital Universitario at the Unversidad de Cantabria in Santander, Spain.

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