Tracy Mills grew up in Goostrey village and attended our local junior school. She studied Genetics at Birmingham Uni followed by more than 20 years biomedical genetic research in Pharmaceuticals at AstraZeneca, Alderley Park. She has kindly written the article below about the importance of Vitamin D, and its effects on boosting our immune system.
A fascinating read, to inform our readers in the community, to understand how this vitamin could help during the current Pandemic.
A warm hello to all readers, I do hope you are keeping well. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the latest news about Vitamin D and its importance for the immune system.
“NICE* now states that Vitamin D may also have a role in the body’s immune response to respiratory viruses, in addition to its already known role for bone and muscle health, following another review a few months ago. Public Health England recommend that everyone take Vitamin D during Lockdown and winter. Indeed Matt Hancock, Secretary for Health, UK stated recently that there is no downside to taking vitamin D supplements.
NHS recommends not taking more than 100ug a day from aged 11 upwards. Children shouldn’t take more than 50ug and for infants under 12 months, no more than 25ug.
Given the correlations of vitamin D with Covid outcomes it is a good idea to ensure you have optimal blood levels, which should be in the range of 30 – 50 ng/ml or more.
You can get your blood levels tested by your G.P or order your own finger prick testing kit from an NHS lab here www.vitaminDtest.org.uk for £29 and post it back to them. The turn around time is currently ten days, due to increased demand.
Vitamin D balances the immune system – improving your ability to fight infections, whilst damping down any over reactions. I suspect Vitamin D would help vaccinations work more effectively, as well as reduce severity of infection, since it is required to make antibodies.
In Parliament, David Davis M.P who has a biological sciences back ground, has taken up the case for giving a high dose of vitamin D in hospital to covid patients, based on numerous clinical studies showing reduced ICU admission and mortality in patients with higher vitamin D levels. His message echoes the urgent letters I have written to local M.P for Macclesfield, David Rutley, since Vitamin D is generally safe and cost effective.
If you would like advice or to order vitamin D please get in touch. Always follow advice from our G.P. or healthcare professional. * National Institute For Health and Care Excellence”.
Article written by Tracy Mills. Tracy is a full time
Reflexologist & holistic therapist registered with
Association of Reflexologists (AOR) and trained
with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM)
offering natural preventative lifestyle approaches
for optimal wellbeing. She can also be found on the
Professional Standards Agency register for referrals
from other healthcare professionals including G.Ps.