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Vitamin D: The Flu Busting Nutrient

January 14, 20159 min
A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found children who took Vitamin D were 40 percent less likely to catch the flu.Having the flu can be extremely miserable, especially when all the symptoms have left you down for the count on your couch. Even though you can experience the flu throughout the year, the peak season is between December and February.You might have heard that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine isn't protecting against one of the major flu strains. This has lead many people (even though they received the flu shot) still catching the flu.However, in an article posted on Healthy Holistic Living, Vitamin D (also known as the sunshine vitamin) is proven to be more effective than both anti-viral drugs and vaccines to prevent against the flu. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that helps absorb calcium, aid in cell-to-cell communication throughout your body through the exposure of sunlight. During the winter months, your Vitamin D levels might be lower than normal, which can weaken your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to the flu.In the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers examined 340 children who were taking either a daily placebo, or a 1,200 dose of Vitamin D throughout the winter months. After four months, researchers found the rate of influenza was 40 percent lower than in those that were taking the placebo.Why else should you consider taking Vitamin D throughout the winter months?Ray Doustdar joins Dr. Holly to discuss the study, why your Vitamin D levels are crucial in fighting off infection, and why you should consider taking Vitamin D throughout the flu season.

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