Home General News Vitamin D Trial To Check Pandemic Prevention Capacity

Vitamin D Trial To Check Pandemic Prevention Capacity

-

In a major development,  scientists are looking for volunteers to take part in a trial to see if taking vitamin D can give the immune system a boost against the pandemic disease, reports BBC. 

How will it happen?

  • People who join would be sent pills in the post to take daily for six months if a finger-prick test shows they are deficient in the “sunshine vitamin”.

  • UK residents are already advised to consider taking supplements over winter when vitamin D levels can dip.

  • That is to improve general health, not specifically to stop infections.

Vitamin D Deficiency in People

Vitamin D deficiency is more common in older people, in people who are overweight, and in black and Asian people – all of the groups who are at increased risk of becoming very ill with the pandemic disease.

Read More: Study Shows Vitamin D Aids in Pandemic Prevention

How will the trial investigate?

The trial, led by researchers from Queen Mary University of London and funded by Barts Charity, will use higher doses of vitamin D than regular supplements.

Principal investigator David Jolliffe said the trial “has the potential to give a definitive answer” to the question of whether vitamin D offers protection against Covid.

How can it help in fighting the pandemic?

“Vitamin D supplements are low in cost, low in risk and widely accessible; if proven effective, they could significantly aid in our global fight against the virus,” he said.

Side Effects of Higher Doses

Although vitamin D supplements are very safe, taking more than the recommended amount every day can be dangerous in the long run.

Pratiti Nath
Pratiti Nath
Pratiti is a maritime editor and freelance writer based out of India. Having biotechnology and microbiology degree she writes on healthcare, medical, food, sports, and general news at Drew Reports News. She can be reached at pratiti@drewreportsnews.com
- Advertisement -

Must Read

3 Most Important Home Projects To Do During Fall

3 Most Important Home Projects To Do During Fall

There are many fantastic things about fall: the gorgeous leaves, the delicious tastes, and the pleasantly mild weather. This last perk makes autumn a...

Darkest Dungeon II all set to release in 2021

Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie Reflects on His Bromance with Co-star Sebastian Stan

Sisters Brie & Nikki Bella Move to Napa Valley after Welcoming...

David Tennant & Michael Sheen

David Tennant & Michael Sheen to Unite for Second Series of...