New Delhi: The number of people getting infected by the deadly swine flu virus is rising steadily with each passing day. Swine flu deaths have soared to 663 across the country while the number of people affected by it breached the 10,000 mark as the virus spread to new places like Nagaland.
In a study, researchers and dieticians from Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in collaboration with the National Institute of Virology in Pune have found out that adding up of Vitamin D in one's diet can cut down the chances of getting affected by the deadly H1N1 virus.
Dr Madan Madhav Godbole of endocrinology department who participated in the research was of the opinion that Vitamin D indeed helps in containing inflammatory response to the virus in both pre and post stages.
He prescribed that those who cannot get the vaccine for Swine flu must take a pouch of vitamin D in a cupful of milk once a week for a period of eight weeks and there after once in a month. Another way of increasing the level of Vitamin D is through exposure to morning sun for 3-4 days every week.
Dieticians are of the opinion that consuming mushrooms are also a good alternative as they are the richest source of Vitamin D.