How does vitamin D help the immune system?

Sunlight is a major source of vitamin D, which is necessary to protect the body from diseases ranging from viruses to cancer. That said, research by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, shows that vitamin D plays an important role in the prevention of respiratory infections, including COVID-19.

But what to do when there is so little sunshine and also temporary lockdown has made adjustments to our daily lives?

Where to look for a source of life-giving power for the immune system?

Sources of the "sunshine vitamin" at home can include brown champignons (up to 10 micrograms per 100 grams of mushrooms), oily fish (3 micrograms in 100 grams of tuna) and eggs (4.5 micrograms in 100 grams of yolk). Thus, introducing 150 grams of brown champignons or 500 grams of oily fish or 300 grams of hen's eggs' yolk a day into the diet can reduce the risk of respiratory infections. .

«In fact, vitamin D is not a vitamin - it is a hormone that the body can synthesize on its own with receiving sunlight. It has an effect on strengthening bones and is involved in calcium metabolism. In addition, recent studies have shown that vitamin D has a positive effect on the immune system, helps to resist cancer and cardiovascular disease. Low vitamin D levels increase the risks of infectious and autoimmune diseases. In children, the deficiency can lead to the development of rickets,» said Olesya Ivanova, allergologist and immunologist, candidate of medical sciences.

People with vitamin D deficiency have a weaker immune response to various infections. The daily requirement of children and adults for vitamin D is 15 mcg per day; for elderly and pregnant women - 20 mcg per day. At the same time for the prevention of respiratory diseases, you can take up to 100 mcg of vitamin D per day.

Brown champignon from MOE LETO will supplement your diet with vitamin D, helping to strengthen the immune system and maintain balance in the body. It also has a exquisite taste, and is eaten both raw and fried. Strengthen your immune system with champignons from MOE LETO and stay healthy!

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