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Study: Vitamin D Doesn’t Help The Common Cold

A new study shows Vitamin D does not ward off the common cold. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says people taking Vitamin D are just as likely to catch a cold as those taking a placebo.

Vitamin D, an old wives tale?

Study: Vitamin D doesn't have the cold-fighting power we thought.

Study: Vitamin D doesn’t have the cold-fighting power we thought.

“Colds are inevitable. We all get them, and they make us all miserable, and I don’t think we’re going to come up with a way around that,” says Dr. Jeffrey Lister, an associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who wrote an editorial accompanying the study.

“Besides eating a balanced diet with lots of vitamins and minerals, and exercising, and generally living a healthy life, it’s unlikely that we’re going to find one single pill or cure that’s going to prevent them or lessen their severity.”

While the study contradicts previous thoughts, Dr. David Murdoch, the lead author of the study and a pathologist at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, says more research is needed to make this conclusion 100 percent certain.

“This study highlights the need for good quality studies to look at each potential health benefit before making broad recommendations,” Murdoch says.

Is Vitamin D better for bone health?

While Vitamin D might now ward off the common cold, other studies have suggested high doses of the vitamin to help seniors prevent bone fractures.

Vitamin D may not kick your cold, but it does have advantages for seniors.

“Vitamin D supplementation is an efficient intervention for a costly injury that affects thousands of older adults each year,” said Dawson-Hughes, who is also a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.

“The average recovery is long and painful and deeply impacts quality of life. After a fracture, older patients may only regain partial mobility, resulting in a loss of independence that is personally demoralizing and that can place added stress on family members and caregivers.”