Since the global outbreak of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), there have been widespread claims that certain foods and supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19.
Though we all want to protect ourselves against COVID-19, there is currently no evidence that eating certain foods or following certain diets will protect you against coronavirus.
It’s important to note that vitamin D cannot protect against coronavirus.
The only preventative measures for coronavirus are the ones outlined by the government – social distancing and proper hygiene practices.
But Vitamin D is important for keeping immune systems healthy.
But with the current restrictive measures in place to stop the spread of coronavirus, it’s unlikely that people will be getting enough sunshine.
The NHS website confirms this, saying: “There have been some news reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus. However, there is no evidence that this is the case.”
The NHS has advised people to consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D supplements a day, in order to keep bones and muscles in the best condition.
Usually this advice is only for the winter months – but because people may be restricted on how much sunlight they might be getting, it’s been updated to reflect the ongoing situation.
Public Health England is recommending that people take daily vitamin D supplements through the spring and summer, due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
The body usually produces enough vitamin D by itself, when skin is directly exposed to sunlight.
Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium and promote bone growth – so it’s crucial we get enough of it. According to the NHS website, it’s also essential for keeping bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
Vitamin D is also naturally in foods, such as oily fish, fortified cereals and dairy products.