After popping vitamin C, Zinc tablets and drinking lots of orange juice in an attempt to ward off a cold (thanks to a co-worker who comes in to work sharing her colds and flu), it turns out that going outside for a bit of sun may be a better bet.
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicates that Vitamin D is more effective in preventing colds and flu. The study
shows that people with the lowest vitamin D levels report having significantly more cases of cold and flu than those with higher levels. Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight and is also found in fortified foods such as milk.
Bottom line: drink your milk or go out and enjoy the sunshine to protect your bones and ward off a cold.
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Colds By Jennifer Warner, Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.