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Vitamin D and omega-3 supplements help older people avoid Covid-19 infection


According to a study, regular intake of vitamin D or omega-3 strengthens retirees' immune systems and helps them fight off infections like Covid-19.

Both of these supplements are essential to good overall health and are found in oily fish.

A study of more than 2,000 retirees found that the pills reduced the risk of infection, but had no effect on bone health, memory, and muscle function.

The results add to a growing stack of studies that found that high levels of vitamin D fight off Covid-19 and improve people's chances of survival when infected.

Last month, Matt Hancock urged people to take vitamin D to improve their overall health and said the government would step up public health news to encourage uptake of the supplement.

This was another U-turn for the beleaguered health minister after previously claiming it had no effect on Covid-19, much to the chagrin and disbelief of experts.

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Both vitamin D and omega 3 supplements are essential to good overall health and are found in oily fish. A study of more than 2,000 retirees found that the pills reduced the risk of infection, but had no effect on bone health, memory, and muscle function

Professor Heike Bischoff-Ferrari from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, who led the most recent study, said: "Our results suggest that adults aged 70 and over who lead an active lifestyle and have no pre-existing diseases need vitamin D and Consume 3 fatty acids No benefits in terms of bone health, memory, and muscle function.

"However, we believe there are implications for infections – like Covid-19."

An analysis of 2,157 healthy men and women aged 70 and over found that omega-3 consumers were 11 percent less likely to suffer from infections.

The study took place between 2012 and 2014, long before the coronavirus pandemic exploded in November 2019.

Although the results do not provide direct evidence that the dietary supplements can protect the elderly from coronavirus, the experts believe that they are applicable.

Last month, Matt Hancock urged people to take vitamin D to improve their overall health and said the government would step up public health news to encourage uptake of the supplement

Last month, Matt Hancock urged people to take vitamin D to improve their overall health and said the government would step up public health news to encourage uptake of the supplement

Matt Hancock says you should take vitamin D to fight Covid-19

Last month, Matt Hancock urged people to take vitamin D to improve their overall health and said the government would step up public health news to encourage uptake of the supplement.

This was another U-turn for the beleaguered health minister after previously claiming it had no effect on Covid-19, much to the chagrin and disbelief of experts.

Health chiefs have long advised that adults in the UK should take vitamin D supplements over the winter when there is less sunshine.

The body makes vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin outdoors. It can also be obtained from food sources such as fatty fish, eggs, and some breakfast cereals.

The NHS updated its guidelines this spring to say people should consider supplementing all year round, as lockdowns can result in people spending more time indoors because of the lockdown.

There have been year-round supplement recommendations for the elderly who may be home-bound and for those with dark skin.

The NHS says, "If you have dark skin – for example, of African, African-Caribbean, or South Asian background – you may not be getting enough vitamin D from sunlight either."

However, Public Health England (PHE) stressed that the new advice is not that vitamin D is protected against Covid-19.

A dispute over vitamin D's benefits came to a head when Matt Hancock falsely told the House of Commons in September that a government-funded "study" examining it showed that it "appeared to have no effects."

However, since then officials have admitted that no clinical trials have taken place, claiming it was a slip of the tongue from Mr Hancock, who spoke out strongly against face masks in the spring, claiming they were "extremely weak" to prevent the spread of Covid- 19 stop.

Data published in JAMA shows that omega-3 reduced urinary tract and upper respiratory infections by 62 and 10 percent, respectively.

In the meantime, vitamin D reduced the risk of infection in 70 to 74 year olds by 16 percent and blood pressure in men by 2.5 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).

This is the highest number in a measurement that measures the force your heart exerts on the walls of your arteries with each beat.

Professor Bischoff-Ferrari said: "Given the high safety and low cost of these dietary supplements, as well as the high mortality associated with infections in older adults, these results are of great importance to the health of the general population."

The volunteers from Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France and Portugal were divided into eight groups.

They received none, one, two, or three tablets of omega-3 (1 gram / day), vitamin D (50 micrograms), and / or a simple home exercise program.

The researchers kept up with participants over time to track their health and record events such as new illnesses, infections, falls, and doctor visits.

The NHS recommends taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D – the equivalent of one salmon fillet – per day to keep bones and muscles healthy over the winter.

Since then, health chiefs have advised the British to take the supplement year-round, as locks keep people energized indoors.

Mr Hancock previously claimed that vitamin D had "no effects" on Covid-19 despite evidence to the contrary.

Scientists and MPs have accused Mr. Hancock of "ignoring" the increasing body of studies showing vitamin D is linked to better Covid-19 results.

Several publications have shown that people with UK vitamin D deficiency are more likely to get the coronavirus, become seriously ill or die.

The lack of high quality studies that clearly demonstrate cause and effect has led the Queen Mary University of London to launch a large study with 5,000 volunteers this fall.

Officials estimate that one in five Britons is deficient in vitamin D – the equivalent of 13 million Britons.

Deficiency is more common in older people, overweight people, and blacks and Asians – all groups who are at increased risk of getting very sick with Covid.

Millions of elderly and vulnerable people will receive free vitamin D from the government when there is more evidence that it helps in the fight against Covid-19

By Glen Owen Political Editor for the Sunday Post

Millions of vulnerable people will be supplied with vitamin D by the government when there is more evidence that it helps in the fight against Covid-19 infection.

Nursing home residents and those who are screened off due to cancer are getting enough vitamin for the past four months. The first packages will arrive early next month.

The move comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock ruled that he must act quickly in the face of emerging evidence of vitamin D's benefits.

A recent study found that more than 80 percent of hospitalized Covid-19 victims were vitamin D deficient, compared to a UK average of 25 percent.

Ministers hope that increased intake of the vitamin, along with more effective drug treatments and a viable vaccine, will eliminate the need for an endless series of rolling bans.

A senior government source said direct delivery to people's doorsteps in England "would help prevent vitamin D deficiency and maintain normal blood calcium levels and keep bones and muscles healthy".

The source added, "We will ensure that those in need of vitamin D most urgently have access to a supply that will keep them going all winter. There are a number of studies that suggest that vitamin D supplementation could have positive effects on people with Covid-19. & # 39;

The step is accompanied by the start of clinical studies to further investigate the connections between vitamin D and Covid-19.

Patients who receive free care include organ transplant recipients, chemotherapy patients, and those with severe respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Vitamin D is a hormone produced by the kidneys that controls the concentration of calcium in the blood and has a direct influence on the body's immune system.

Some experts have suggested that the higher rate of serious Covid-19 complications in ethnic minority patients could be due to the lower levels of vitamin D they can synthesize from sunlight.

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