Vitamin D Helps Prevent Flu



Flu season is right around the corner. Be sure to get enough Vitamin D.

Vitamin D is a natural antibiotic and antiviral compound as compared to other vitamins which act more like antioxidants which also help to keep us healthy.

According to scientists at UCLA Vitamin D helps the body produce proteins called antimicrobial peptides. These peptides help keep us healthy by destroying bacteria, fungi and viruses, including the flu virus, that would otherwise make us ill. They also play a part in keeping the lungs infection free.

Flu is most prevalent in the winter when vitamin D levels are lowest. Children who get a lot of exposure to sunshine suffer less colds and flu than those who stay indoors. Also, children prone to lot of colds and flu were given high doses of vitamin D and stayed infection-free.

The scientists discovered that most people need anywhere from 2000 to 10,000 International Units of vitamin D a day during the winter months. In the summer the body produces more vitamin D from sunlight.

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