Vitamin D

SG should promote this to boost folks immune systems. It doesn't stop you getting covid but apparently it does help a wee bit if you do.

Why the contribution is important

If you dig, there seems to be a lot of stuff on vitamin D helping improve the odds of your immune system should you get covid. If this is true then why is there no official message to take a daily supplement for the time being? We're often told in Scotland we should do during the winter anyway and it's not exactly difficult or expensive to get hold of.

by davidcoffield on May 10, 2020 at 05:23PM

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  • Posted by cbellat May 10, 2020 at 17:30

    I believe children In other parts are given the supplement up to a certain age.
  • Posted by huntlyquine May 10, 2020 at 17:30

    There is reason to believe that one of the reasons that ethnic minority people in the UK are more in danger of Covid 19 is because they absorb less vitamin D from the sun in our climate. So it's especially important that they are encouraged to take enough vitamin D
  • Posted by DSEDIN May 10, 2020 at 17:30

    David this is one of the most interesting areas of study at the moment.

    I heard today they seem to have found a link between severity of the disease and Vitamin D production - they believe many BAME people have Vitamin D deficiency during winter and hence the reason so many more of them are hospitalised.

    Will watch this with interest.

  • Posted by mina412 May 10, 2020 at 17:42

    I would just like to add that people who have underactive thyroid or the autoimmune condition called Hashimoto's Disease often suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. A supplement may help but before doing anything of this nature seek your doctor's advice as some vitamin supplements can react with certain medications.
  • Posted by Hamsterpus May 10, 2020 at 20:46

    Er - the best way to get Vitamin D is to go outdoors
  • Posted by Kmsb May 10, 2020 at 23:41

    I would like to see the government look into this more. If it is the case then we should all be encouraged to take vit D with people who need it free to get it for free
  • Posted by Netty May 11, 2020 at 16:53

    Vitamin D supplements are cheap and an effective means of limiting many disease processes prevalent in Scotland.

    It is nearly impossible to expose enough skin to enough sun in this country to get adequate conversion ... ....particularly those of us who work indoors ( all of us), commute to work in a car/train/bus ( all of us), work in a building with no natural light ( all of us), eat at our desk ( all of us) , wear face creams with UV protection ( all of us), avoid sun beds as they give you skin cancer ( all of us), wear factor 30-50 on that once a year trip to Spain ( all of us) and who have to wear a parka from September to April to avoid rising damp.

    It's a miracle any of us are alive and don't have rickets... that'll be the cornflakes and margarine additives saving us then.
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