Vitamin D can help fight against colds and flu according to recent research. Known commonly as the sunshine vitamin due to its production in the skin when exposed to the sun, there are now concerns that many people in the U.K. are vitamin D deficient, particularly in those who limit their sun exposure for health or cultural reasons and also during Winter when days are shorter and sunny days scarce. Researchers are now recommending widespread supplementation not only to improve bone and muscle health but to protect against colds and flu.
Of course, the alternative is to eat foods naturally rich in Vitamin D such as oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines etc) tofu, soya, shitake and porcini mushrooms, almond milk etc. Need some inspiration in the kitchen? Tomorrow, look out for my Japanese inspired grilled salmon recipe. Later this week, I’ll post my chocolate and almond smoothie recipe. for all the dessert lovers out there.