UK Government Backs Vitamin D COVID Benefits With Supplement Handout
By handing out free supplements to the clinically vulnerable, the UK government is effectively endorsing the use of vitamin D to reduce the risk and/or severity of COVID-19, although it says more research is needed.
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Two new RCTs cast further doubt on the preventative effects of vitamin D supplementation with regards to COVID-19 infection. Nevertheless, an editorial in the British Medical Journal, where the studies were published, leaves open positive effects for those suffering from vitamin D deficiency, and recommends a daily supplement of up to 2000IU just in case.
While the UK government recommends all UK adults take vitamin D supplements for at least part of the year, uptake is poor. In an effort to address this, the Office for Health Improvement & Disparities wants to identify ways of increasing access to, and availability of, vitamin D supplements.
With around half the French population vitamin D deficient, a group of medical experts say mass supplementation is a low cost and low risk intervention which could save lives and curb the spread of COVID-19.