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scientists recommend vitamin D to be added in staple diet


Hamna Humail

01st Nov, 2020. 04:29 pm
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Scholars in Britain called for adding vitamin D to common foods such as bread and milk to help fight Corona, according to a newspaper, ‘The Guardian’.

A few studies show that low levels of vitamin D may lead to an increased risk of contracting the infection or suffering from its severe effects.

Researchers in Spain discovered last week that 82% of 216 people with corona have low levels of vitamin D. Another research depicts that levels of vitamin D have little or no effect on corona, influenza and respiratory diseases.

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone problems in children and adults, which may in turn cause deformities. Children who have very low levels of vitamin D are more prone to hypocalcemia which leads to seizures and heart failure.

However, Public Health England (PHE) and Ministry of Health and Welfare have rejected calls over the past ten years to fortify foods such as milk, bread and orange juice. It is the same in Finland, Sweden, Australia and Canada.

A researcher in medical physics, Dr. Gareth Davis, said that vitamin D not only protects against disease, but also against infection. Adding it to foods needs careful planning and must be done effectively.

Adrian Martineau, professor of respiratory infection at Queen Mary University of London, said the government recommends residents take vitamin D supplements in the winter months, and there are those at risk who take them all year-round.

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