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Vitamin D helps respiratory infections

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Gemini17892 Fri 20-Mar-20 10:35:47

I just thought I would post this because I have read that vitamin d- one tablet a day helps against respiratory infections. You only have to take one little tablet with food and you must take it even in the summer. This doctor was saying that it’s not pseudoscience it’s backed by information from Nice where they’ve done studies to show that it really helps.

Elegran Fri 20-Mar-20 15:18:32

If your vitamin D is low, taking supplements can raise it to the appropriate level. If it is not low, adding more and overdoing it won't improve your health, and can make it worse. It certainly won't kill the coronavirus!

Callistemon Fri 20-Mar-20 15:18:35

Mine has survived as have some other herbs, but not as well as the weeds.
It doesn't stop raining, can't get out there.

Callistemon Fri 20-Mar-20 15:19:31

Brazil nuts! Yes, I have some.

Labaik Fri 20-Mar-20 15:28:47

I made two cups of tea with one tea bag this morning; drank the first with milk but now having the second one black and quite enjoying it. I think we all should drink plenty of water [but not too much] to keep our kidneys healthy, given that the virus attacks the kidneys. And, as I can't go to the gym I got out an old step machine last night and did some steps with weights. Unfortunately the dog found it all very exciting and I nearly fell over her and broke my leg. I'm also going to put some Olbas oil in a bowl and inhale that. I know I'm going a bit over the top but it's making me feel better! #takingbackcontrol'ish

Gemini17892 Fri 20-Mar-20 15:29:14

Not sure how to link to You Tube which is where I heard about VitD and respiratory disease. Look for Dr John Campbell . I then googled it and followed growstuff’s info . Thank you Growstuff.

Labaik Fri 20-Mar-20 15:29:51

Does chickweed contain Vit C? I know rabbits like it.

Labaik Fri 20-Mar-20 15:30:18

Nettle. I'll have loads of nettles soon....

growstuff Fri 20-Mar-20 15:37:39

I have two big pots of parsley, both of which survived the winter. You'd have to eat an awful lot of it to get enough Vitamin C. One of my grandmothers was a herbal freak and made my mother eat parsley sandwiches and drink cod liver oil - yuk! [vomit emoji]

growstuff Fri 20-Mar-20 15:39:48

I'm sure if you Google WW2 recipes, you'd find a nice recipe for nettle soup.

growstuff Fri 20-Mar-20 15:42:10

You can eat chickweed too

growstuff Fri 20-Mar-20 15:44:34

Chickweed’s pretty packed with nutrients, especially for such a diminutive plant. It contains vitamins A, D, B complex, C, rutin (a bioflavinoid), calcium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, sodium, copper, iron and silica. In comparison with spinach, chickweed holds up extremely well. It’s got just as much iron, along with other nutrients.

Dinahmo Fri 20-Mar-20 15:59:26

I'm a severe asthmatic and prone to bronchitis. January last year an accupuncturist friend suggested that I try Vitamin D3 which I did. No colds, nothing until this February when I spent some time on a crowded tram and caught a cold. I'd also been rather relaxed about taking my supplements. For the first time the cold didn't morph into bronchitis.

And, I'm writing as someone who had bronchitis twice a year, every year since the mid eighties and each time I spent over a week in bed, another recovering and masses of antibiotics.

So, as far as I'm concerned Vitamin D works.

Labaik Fri 20-Mar-20 16:14:47

I used to get awful cold sores each winter. Read that Aciclovor [sp]no longer worked but bee propolis did, so I've been applying that each day and [touch wood] no cold sores. They do some very good pastilles for sore throats/throat infections etc. Wish I'd kept some in the medicine cupboard now. I think the company is called Bee Health.

GrannySomerset Fri 20-Mar-20 16:26:29

DH’s neurologist recommended he take Vit D to boost his immune system, and take it all year because as a red head he doesn’t do sunbathing. Seems to be working along with reasonably healthy diet, though current circumstances may change all that.

growstuff Fri 20-Mar-20 17:03:33

Hmmm...most sources claim that no vitamins boost your immune system. I'm afraid I just don't believe that Vitamin will help fight coronavirus. If I did, I could guarantee that I wouldn't catch it because I've got two boxes of the stuff in my medicine cupboard and I'm pretty sure that my levels are now more than adequate.

EllanVannin Fri 20-Mar-20 17:16:02

Labaik, speaking of this virus attacking the kidneys when I got Asian 'flu in 1957 I ended up with Pyelitis ( inflammation of the kidney tissue ) and was given Becosym.

A few years back I was then diagnosed with CKD, I would say, caused by damage done during that pandemic, so they leave their mark.

Lavazza1st Fri 20-Mar-20 17:21:10

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Elegran Fri 20-Mar-20 17:30:12

No Lavazza1st our GPs are not owned by anybody. Onegood by-product of the NHS is that no GP is in the pocket of a drug manufacturer to recommend products purely for the profit they well get them. Perhaps your primary care doctor is, just as you presumably benefit from telling us to buy a specific brand at a specific website.

By the way, advertising is banned on Gransnet, and I have reported your post.

Lavazza1st Fri 20-Mar-20 21:25:34

Ah no, I don't benefit but I see I may have said something wrong as the post was removed.

Basically ANY brand of vitamin D3 is fine BUT in order to take it into your body well, the liquid is best be it in drop form or capsules. I honestly was not advertising, but trying to help!

There are drops and liquid capsules made by many brands, all of which would be fine.

Hetty58 Fri 20-Mar-20 21:40:27

Low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of stroke, so I think a daily supplement is useful. I'd be worried about high dose, though, unless prescribed by a doctor.

Labaik Fri 20-Mar-20 22:04:18

The ones I bought said high dose but then 25Iug [or something like that; it was a strange symbol]. They were from ASDA.

Lavazza1st Sat 21-Mar-20 00:04:42

The dose that was suggested to me was 4000 ui a day in liquid form because its easier to assimilate. The suggested daily amount for babies is 400 ui so make sure you look at the daily amount

growstuff Sat 21-Mar-20 00:39:33

The maintenance dose I am prescribed by a GP is 800iu (20mg)/day. The maximum daily dose is 4000iu (100mg).

The initial prescription was for 20,000iu for three months, but that was because I hardly had any Vitamin D in my blood sample.

It really is dangerous to take too much because too much calcium is absorbed, which can cause kidney stones, high blood pressure and heart problems (and more)

It's quite worrying that people might be stuffing themselves full of Vitamin D, which can't be excreted if in excess, because they think it will protect them against Covid-19.

growstuff Sat 21-Mar-20 00:40:55

Lavazza I am not a medical expert, but I would say 4000iu/day is far too high, unless you've actually been diagnosed with a deficiency by tests.

growstuff Sat 21-Mar-20 00:52:22

Asian/swine flu does cause kidney damage, as does any serious infection. Kidney infections should be treated with antibiotics by a qualified medic. The risk of CKD increases with age anyway, as kidney function deteriorates.