Can Vitamin D Replace Flu Shots? – By Laura Johannes -Wall Street Journal (NY)- (Tuesday, December 7, 2010) –

by drsjbecker on December 7, 2010

To optimize effects and ensure safety, make sure that your Vitamin D levels have been tested in your blood work recently. Values and recommended dosing vary during winter and summer. – Dr. Stephanie Becker – Washington Center for Complementary Medicine (WCCM)

Vitamin D, long known for its beneficial effect on bones, is increasingly being studied to see if it helps prevent colds and flus. Based on early research results, some doctors are recommending high doses to help stave off the upper respiratory infections, with some even speculating it could be a substitute to the annual flu shot. But while it’s well established that vitamin D boosts the immune system, many scientists say so far there’s insufficient evidence that taking it will help keep a cold or flu away.


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