Dr Hilary Jones has urged people to take vitamin D in the winter months after the government ordered health officials to review the supplement in their fight against coronavirus.
Just yesterday, it was announced that a study carried out by Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, found that countries in Europe with lower vitamin D levels had more Covid-19 fatalities.
And now, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is looking into the evidence to see if taking the vitamin could save lives.
Addressing about the study on Good Morning Britain, the GP explained how consuming the ‘sunshine’ treatment could help boost people’s immune system.
He said: ‘Well, we recommend vitamin D in the winter months for everyone because we make most of our vitamin D through sunlight on our skin.’
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The 66-year-old went on to say how people often cover-up in the winter to keep warm, adding: ‘So, the action of sunlight is not very much there in the UK.’
He then reflected on how people in the BAME community are more likely to die from Covid-19, and linked this to vitamin D.
‘It’s interesting, we know the pigment in their skin being higher reduces the production of vitamin D, so it could be a factor in why they’re so vulnerable with Covid-9’ he said. ‘It does no harm for people to take an extra dose.
‘There’s no concrete evidence that taking those supplements will reduce the risk of Covid-19, but there’s no harm in taking it either, si it’s a sensible procaution at this stage’
Dr Hilary, who was chatting about the new findings to Susanna Reid on the breakfast show, recommended people take 10mg of the vitamin a day.
‘It’s known to boost the immunity and protect about viruses and bacteria more generally,’ the expert stated.
‘And also, we know multiple sclerosis, for example, is more common the further you got north in the northern hemisphere, so the less sunlight you get is linked with multiple sclerosis.
‘So there are many interesting factors that link vitamin D to immunity, so like I say there’s no harm to take this supplement in the winter months.’
The ‘rapid evidence review’ is currently underway with publications expected to be released as early as next week.
As it stands, more than 42,000 people have died from Covid-19 with over 296,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK alone,
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