Cold begone

Cold begone
Some say that men are more prone to falling prey to the flu because they indulge and encourage their adventurous side. Be that as it may, help is at hand for the male of the species. A daily dose of vitamin D may be enough to help men enjoy more healthy days during the cold and flu seasons. A small dose of the vitamin is enough to keep men running and open to yet another bout of cold, after which they can take yet another dose of the vitamin which helps him perpetuate the cycle. Vitamin D has been the subject of much speculation, interest and research of late, and studies have established causal links between low levels of Vitamin D in the bloodstream to higher risks of Diabetes and Asthma, especially in children for the latter. In adults, this can result in heart disease, certain types of cancer and depression too.

Vitamin D for cold

Your body naturally forms vitamin D when exposed to the suns rays and because of the sun making rare appearances during winters all over the world, researchers have toyed with the possibility of the links between greater susceptibility to colds and flu and the reduction in the vitamin’s formation. Past research has shown that people with decreased levels of vitamin D have had more respiratory infections compared to those with higher levels of the vitamin. To boot, it has been proven by research that vitamin D plays a key role in the body’s immuno-regulatory systems, but there are a lack of clinical studies conducted about the effect of vitamin D supplements and the prevention of respiratory infections.”

Two groups were formed, one on placebos and the other on vitamin D supplements and on average, men who took vitamin D missed two days of work which was better than that of the placebo group, which was three days. However, those from the vitamin D group were more likely to have missed work at all due to a respiratory illness. Nevertheless, the extent of the benefit was unclear. Just so you know, rich sources of vitamin D include milk, breakfast cereals and orange juice. Failing that, you can always pop a pill as these supplements are found readily at medical stores. Keep this information handy the next time the wintry season looms large, for as little as a pill a day can keep that cold away.