Coronavirus: vitamin D, essential to boost your immune system, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety says

Published by Caroline J. · Published on 26 May 2020 at 16h02 · Updated on 27 May 2020 at 08h56
Amid the covid-19 cirsis, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (Anses) reminds the essential role of vitamin D to boost your immune system. If it’s highly recommended to stay in the sun for 15 to 20 minutes, some food also allows your body to get its daily share of vitamin D.

For several weeks now, the sun shines bright on most of France. Yet, with the confinement implemented since March 17th, it’s hard to enjoy it, especially if you live in a flat without a balcony. And yet, the Anses, or French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, recently reminds the importance of vitamin D for our bodies and specially to boost our immune systems.

In the current covid-19 epidemic context, immune defenses can be particularly used” the Anses says on its website. But how can you sure you get your daily dose of vitamin D as confined?

As much as possible, try and stay in the sun for 15 to 20 minutes. In your garden, on your terrace, balcony or at the window, the Anses says that staying for fifteen minutes a day, even just your hands, forearms and face, guarantees “the daily share of vitamin D necessary to cover the needs of an healthy adult”.

And if the weather is bad, don’t forget that several fatty foods are here to bring your dose of vitamin D. so, the Anses gave a list of foods packed with vitamin D:

  • Oily fish: herring, sardine, salmon and mackerel
  • Offal (especially liver)
  • Egg yolk
  • Dairies enriched with vitamin D
  • Butter and margarines
  • Cheese
  • Meat

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety also says “even when not confined, it’s important to regularly eat these foods to guarantee enough supply to your organism”.


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