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Fight Common Cold with Vitamin D

  By posted Dec 3rd 2013
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Increase Vitamin D to Fight Common Cold this Winter



Cold and flu are relatively common during winter, but those with normal levels of vitamin D are not prone to developing them. So if you have been taking your daily vitamin C supplements to fight off a cold, maybe it is time you include vitamin D as well. We explain the connection between vitamin D and common cold.

Lack of sunlight and a poor diet, which lacks vitamin D can make you a prime candidate for catching cold and flu, particularly in winter. Vitamin D plays an important role in boosting immunity and stimulating antimicrobial compounds, thereby reducing your chances of contracting cold and flu.

But before you decide to take vitamin D shots or supplements, you should know that developing a common cold is being linked to vitamin D deficiency, but studies are still on-going. Presently, researchers believe that it is beneficial to take vitamin D supplements daily and not on a monthly basis. But before you head to the chemist, check with your general physician.

The best source of vitamin D is the sun. But how long does one need to spend outdoors to reap these benefits? Staying out in the sun for too long can cause skin damage, speed up ageing, and lead to skin cancer. Two minutes is all your body needs to make vitamin D. It is preferably to soak in the early morning and late afternoon rays to prevent absorption of ultra violet rays.

Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to heart diseases, so boost your vitamin D levels to prevent illnesses.

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