Hero vitamin stops cold & flu season in its tracks
Enduring days of sniffling, hacking, and sneezing isn't fun for anyone.
Unfortunately, though, colds are an inevitable part of life -- especially this time of year.
And, worse yet, they're highly contagious.
When it comes down to it, though, a winter cold can be annoying, but it's not necessarily serious.
That is, as long as it's really just a cold... and not a respiratory tract infection like pneumonia or bronchitis.
But, rather than just suffering through whatever you come down with, year after year, why not actually do something about it?
According to the latest research, if you're significantly deficient in vitamin D, supplementing with it can protect you against respiratory diseases.
Based on the findings of a meta-analysis recently published in BMJ -- one that reviewed 25 different studies that included about 11,000 participants -- out of every 100 people who took a vitamin D supplement, three respiratory tract infections would be prevented.
That may not sound like a lot... but multiply that by the number of people who get sick with these types of viruses each year, and MILLIONS of them would be saved from illness thanks to this hero vitamin.
But where vitamin D was found to benefit folks the MOST was in those who had the LOWEST levels of D at the beginning of the study -- and who then took the supplement daily or weekly.
Now, critics have complained that, according to this study's results, vitamin D isn't all that effective. Or, maybe it is, but maybe it isn't.
I beg to differ.
I don't think the study was perfect -- and that's why vitamin D came out with a batting average that hasn't bowled the mainstream industry over.
First of all, the researchers used infrequent, high doses of vitamin D -- despite the fact that we know that D is most effective when you can get moderate doses of it consistently.
Secondly, the form of vitamin D they used wasn't exclusively D3, the most biologically active version of natural vitamin D that you can supplement with -- and the one your body can most easily absorb. Instead, they used a combination of D3 and D2, despite the fact that D2 is less bioavailable.
In fact, if you were to supplement with D2 to try to treat a deficiency, it wouldn't do much at all to raise your blood levels of the vitamin!
To boot, vitamin D3 is safe and inexpensive -- but if it could save you from one of the biggest causes of doctor visits, that would make its value priceless.
And when the weather is nice enough, the "sunshine vitamin" is FREE! And since 90 percent of our body's stores of vitamin D come from exposure to the sun, take a supplement of D3 to give you the dose that you might not be getting from the outdoors at this point in the year.
At which point the weather brings back warm, sunny days, you can bask in those outdoor rays for just 20 minutes (without sun protection) for your much-needed vitamin D.