Vitamin D Does Not Prevent COVID-19, Health Officials Say

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  • Officials from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) launched a review of studies suggesting that vitamin D could prevent acute respiratory illnesses and COVID-19
  • The team reviewed five studies linking vitamin D to coronavirus risk and concluded that there is no evidence supporting vitamin D supplements and a reduced risk of the disease
  • Paul Chrisp, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE stated that while vitamin D may have several health benefits, evidence is still insufficient to link it with reduced risk of COVID-19
  • Vitamin D is known for its benefits for bone and muscle growth and development, and sunlight plays a key role in the body's production of vitamin D
  • In April, the NHS urged people to take vitamin D supplements as they spent much of their time indoors, away from the sun