More than three million people across the UK could stave off infections such as colds or flu every year if everyone took Vitamin D supplements, experts have said.
A new study has found that taking the supplements protects against acute respiratory infections. Vitamin D supplements have been a hot topic in medical circles in recent years with some experts arguing that their usefulness remains uncertain. But health officials say that vitamin D is vital for bone and muscle health.
Last year, Public Health England said that people were generally not getting the recommended 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day from sunlight in winter. The latest new study, published in The British Medical Journal, suggests that taking vitamin D - also known as the sunshine vitamin - may have benefits beyond bone and muscle health and protects against acute respiratory infections.