Vitamin D Protects Against Influenza


For the first time, probably, the effect of Vitamin D on seasonal influenza has been studied in a controlled randomized trial. In a recent Japanese study, school children were given 1200 IU of Vitamin D3 daily, or a placebo, during the winter, from December 2008 through March 2009. Influenza A occurred in 18 of 167 (10.8%) children in the vitamin D3 group compared with 31 of 167 (18.6%) children in the placebo group.

We are still waiting for the results of a study launched by The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), where the the role of vitamin D in protection against swine flu, is studied. As far as I can see, there is no information available about this study at the PHAC web site or that of the McMaster University, and the only information available is that in a letter sent to NutraIngredients-USA in August 2009.

Update: Dr Briffa; Vitamin D supplementation found to help prevent flu in children

Image: Early Stories

3 thoughts on “Vitamin D Protects Against Influenza

  1. MiaP mars 25, 2010 / 01:00

    Låter ju bra med D-vitamin, får väl bli en extra lång tur till LPA i vinter då.

  2. paleofriend mars 25, 2010 / 08:46

    aha, du är tillbaka i bloggvärlden igen. Las Palmas står sig verkligen som en praktisk och bra semesterplats och där finns sol, bra mat och saker att göra. För min egen del har jag ingen plan klar för LPA i år, det beror på om det blir någon annan långvandring under hösten.

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