Studies about vitamin D and immunity:

Influence of Vitamin D Status on Respiratory Infection Incidence and Immune Function During 4 Months of Winter Training in Endurance Sport Athletes (2013)

Conclusion: In a 4-month winter study of 225 endurance athletes it was found that those with the lowest vitamin D levels suffered more upper respiratory tract infections compared to those with optimal vitamin D levels. Athletes with good vitamin D levels who did get sick also tended to recover faster than the deficient athletes.

 

Randomized Trial of Vitamin D Supplementation and Risk of Acute Respiratory Infection in Mongolia (2012)

Conclusion: In a randomized control trial involving 247 Mongolian schoolchildren during winter, those given a measly 300 IU of vitamin D daily through vitamin D-fortified milk experienced fewer acute respiratory infections compared to school children given non-fortified milk.

 

Vitamin D Status Relative to Diet, Lifestyle, Injury, and Illness in College Athletes (2011)

Conclusion: In a year-long study of 41 NCAA division 1 athletes, it was found that those with lower vitamin D levels suffered more illnesses compared to athletes with higher vitamin D levels.

 

Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and the Incidence of Acute Viral Respiratory Tract Infections in Healthy Adults (2010)

Conclusion: People who maintain adequate vitamin D levels have a significantly lower risk of developing viral respiratory tract infections.

 

Randomized Trial of Vitamin D Supplementation to Prevent Seasonal Influenza A in Schoolchildren (2010)

Conclusion: In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving 334 school children over a 4-month period, the vitamin D group experienced nearly 50% fewer colds and even fewer asthma attacks compared to the placebo group.

 

Association Between Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Level and Upper Respiratory Tract Infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2009)

Conclusion: People with higher vitamin D levels experience fewer upper respiratory tract infections.

 

Vitamin D Deficiency and Tuberculosis Progression (2002)

Conclusion: Low vitamin D levels were associated with a 5-fold increased risk for progression to tuberculosis” in a study of Pakistan tuberculosis cases.

 

Vitamin D Deficiency and Susceptibility to Tuberculosis (2000)

Conclusion: Tuberculosis rates were higher among people with lower vitamin D levels in this study.

 

Suberythemal UV-Irradiation Increases Immunological Capacity in Children With Frequent Cold (1998)

Conclusion: Regular sun exposure increases immunity in children.

 

Cod Liver Oil: A Five-Year Study of its Value for Reducing Industrial Absenteeism Caused by Colds and Respiratory Disease (1936)

Conclusion: In a five-year study, daily ingestion of vitamin D-rich cod liver oil was found to be effective for reducing the number of colds worker’s experienced.

 

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