Several scientists are asking governments to add vitamin D to certain common foods, such as bread or milk, to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.
They claim vitamin D has certain properties that can help our body fight the virus, in the case of infection. These conclusions have emerged in the United Kingdom, where professionals have warned that up to half of the population has a vitamin D deficiency.
The British newspaper ‘The Guardian’ has made a compilation of all the studies that have been done in this regard, highlighting the one carried out by Spanish researchers who discovered thate 82% of the 216 patients admitted with coronavirus had low levels of vitamin D; all this despite the fact that some research indicates that there is no relationship between this vitamin and any type of respiratory disease.
“In my opinion, it is clear that vitamin D could not only protect against the severity of the disease, it could also protect against infection “Medical physics researcher Gareth Davies told the same outlet. “Food fortification would need careful planning to be implemented effectively, particularly since people are now taking supplements,” adds Davies.
There are seasons of the year, such as fall or winter, when the body produces less vitamin D; in part due to decreased sun exposure. For this reason, experts recommend compensating for this deficiency with food supplements or with the reinforcement of certain foods rich in vitamin D, such as: milk, cereals, fatty fish (such as salmon or tuna), eggs, cheeses, and yogurts, among others.
“Companies are free to fortify food products with vitamin D and they already do it with a number of foods, including many breakfast cereals, “says a UK Department of Health and Welfare spokesperson.