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Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory infections: individual participant data meta-analysis

Health Technol Assess 2019 01; 23(2):1-44

CONCLUSIONS:
“Vitamin D supplementation was safe, and it protected against acute respiratory infections overall. Very deficient individuals and those not receiving bolus doses experienced the benefit. “

DR. GAETA COMMENTS:
This article provides further evidence of the critical role of vitamin D in maintaining “resistance” to acute respiratory infection. However, the most important point to consider is simply that healthy levels of Vitamin D are essential to immune function. There exists no debate about that fact. We have a growing prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency(1) in the United States. That disturbing fact needs to be addressed as a public health issue. Test your vitamin D levels and let your healthcare professional guide you in the maintenance of optimal levels.

1. Cureus. 2018 Jun; 10(6): e2741
2. Proc Nutr Soc 2020 Feb 24.:1-6

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