Taking regular vitamin D or Omega-3 supplements bolsters pensioners’ immune systems, helping them to fend off infections including Covid-19, a study has found.
Both the supplements are essential for good overall health and are found in oily fish.
A study of more than 2,000 pensioners revealed the pills reduce the risk of catching infections but have no impact on bone health, memory and muscle function.
The findings add to a growing stack of studies which find high vitamin D levels stave off Covid-19 and also improve people’s chances of survival if they do get infected.
Last month, Matt Hancock urged people to take vitamin D to help boost their overall health and said the Government would be ramping up public health messaging to encourage uptake of the supplement.
This marked yet another U-turn for the beleaguered Health Secretary after previously claiming it had no impact on Covid-19, much to the chagrin and disbelief of experts.
Professor Heike Bischoff-Ferrari from Zurich University in Switzerland, who led the latest study, said: ‘Our findings suggest supplementation of vitamin D and omega-3s in adults aged 70 or older who lead an active lifestyle and have no pre-existing conditions does not provide any benefits when it comes to bone health, memory and muscle function.
‘However, we believe there is an effect on infections – such as Covid-19.’
An analysis of 2,157 healthy men and women aged 70 and older found omega-3 users were 11 per cent less likely to suffer infections.
The study took place between 2012 and 2014, long before the coronavirus pandemic exploded in November 2019.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Joe Pinkstone