Vitamin D deficiencies, which are more common in older people, may be linked to acute respiratory infections. Conversely, supplementation with higher doses of Vitamin D may help reduce the risk of acute respiratory infections, according to a Colorado study of over 100 senior citizens in long term care facilities. The Workd Health Organization notes that Vitamin D deficiency may also be linked to pneumonia and tuberculosis. Luckily, there are several good dietary sources of Vitamin D, including red meat, egg yolks and oily fish. Sunlight can also help provide you with adequate Vitamin D.
- A 12 month study of 100 adult residents of long term care facilities found that those given a higher dose of vitamin D had fewer respiratory problems.
- Generally, spending 10-15 minutes out in the sun several times a week is enough to ensure you have enough vitamin D, although this can vary based on geographical and personal variations.
- Good dietary sources of vitamin D include red meat, oily fish and egg yolks, but it is hard to get enough from food alone.
“Older adults have a greater risk of vitamin D deficiency, and some studies have shown a link between such a deficiency and acute respiratory infection.”