Can Vitamin D protect against Respiratory infections ?
The answer is yes, according a paper published in the BMJ ( British Medical Journal) in the recent past.
With Corona Virus ( COVID 19) pandemic raging in Europe and USA, there is lot of interest in treatment and naturally prevention of Respiratory tract infections.
It is also understandable why a paper published in Feb 2017 is one the most read BMJ paper in March 2020.
The paper analysed data from “25 eligible randomised controlled trials involving a total of 11 321 participants”.
The study concludes ” Vitamin D supplementation was safe and it protected against acute respiratory tract infection overall. Patients who were very vitamin D deficient and those not receiving bolus doses experienced the most benefit.”
Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data
BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6583 (Published 15 February 2017)
Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:i6583
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