Laugh Off Flu Season with This Vitamin

Laugh Off Flu Season with This Vitamin

Getting plenty of this vitamin may strengthen your immune system and make venturing out of your house a little less scary this flu season. We’re talking about the sunshine vitamin — good old D.

In a study done during flu season, people who had higher blood levels of vitamin D were half as likely to get hit with the bug — or any other viral infection of the respiratory tract, for that matter.

“D” Is for Defense
Not only were the D lovers in the study less likely to get sick compared with people who had lower D levels, but the high-D group also tended to be out of commission for fewer days when they did get hit. Of course, washing your hands frequently and living a healthy lifestyle are still the cornerstones of flu avoidance. But it’s nice to know that a D supplement could act as positive reinforcement. Researchers aren’t totally sure why D helps, but it could be that this immune system vitamin’s inflammation-suppressing powers help reduce the severity of infections.

Another good defense against flu? Getting vaccinated.

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