by Marcus Gitterle M.D
Our readers know that we have been on the forefront of recommending vitamin D for prevention of influenza. The evidence continues to mount that vitamin D is probably the single, best thing you can take to prevent the flu (and a host of other diseases).A new study, conducted by researchers at Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan, during the 2010 and 2011 flu season, showed that kids given 1200 IU of vitamin D (a modest dose), had a dramatic reduction in incidence of flu.
Just how effective was vitamin D in this study? It was about 9 times better than the anti-viral drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, and about 50% more effective than flu vaccine. Only one in ten kids who received the extra vitamin D came down with the flu!
An interesting aspect of this study was that the advantage of the extra vitamin D only became apparent during the second month of supplementation. Why? These kids were already deficient (as are most kids in the northern latitudes, during the winter), and it took a month to get their vitamin D levels up.
This is good news for all of us in this era of scary influenza virus mutations, expensive and dangerous anti-viral drugs, and dubious, hastily manufactured vaccines. Score another one for vitamin D, which is quickly becoming a health revolution, in a class all its own.
When is the US going to officially raise the RDA for this critically important vitamin? And how long is it going to take for parents to realize that milk, fortified with trivial amounts vitamin D is not going to be adequate for their kids?
When is the public going to appreciate the critical difference between the so-called vitamin D2 found in most milk and low-quality vitamin supplements, and the vitamin D3 that we really need and our bodies can use?
I hope the answer is soon, because our failing healthcare system can¡’t afford many more years of caring for a vitamin D deficient populace.
Adequate vitamin D intake, meaning at least 2000-5000 IU per day for everyone over 12, and at least 1200 IU per day for most kids under 12, will create a health revolution; an era where cancer, heart disease, depression, sleep disorders, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis and many other conditions, will cease to be epidemics, and health care costs will become manageable.
And it will come to pass because folks started heeding the evidence-based recommendation to choose adequate levels of vitamin D supplementation.
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