According to findings of a study with about 19,000 adults and adolescents, people with the lowest average levels of Vitamin D were about 40% more likely to have a recent respiratory infection, compared to those with higher Vitamin D levels.
The findings, published in this week's Archives of Internal Medicine, indicated that increased intakes of the sunshine vitamin may be an important way to prime the immune system against disorders like the common cold.
"To our knowledge, this is the first population-based study to evaluate and demonstrate an association between serum 25 (OH) D level and upper respiratory tract infections," wrote lead author of the study, Adit Ginde, MD from the University of Colorado, Denver.
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