It has felt like a very long dreary winter this year but the first snowdrops have opened and other Spring bulbs are pushing up in my flower borders, so Spring is just around the corner and we will soon be experiencing some warmer weather and some sunshine.
The lack of sun is a good introduction to my next topic - Vitamin D. As we all know, vitamin D is manufactured in the body by the action of sunlight on the skin and is important for our bones. The UK government recommends that people in this cold Northern climate should take a supplement during the winter months. It's particularly important for the elderly and young children. But this week has brought news of a further benefit of supplementation - NHS backed research, published in the British Medical Journal, found that vitamin D supplementation can help to ward off flu and other upper respiratory tract infections. It is estimated that in the UK 3.5 million upper respiratory tract infections could be avoided each year. This is important news, not only for the elderly, who are particularly at risk of needing hospital care but also for the NHS, which is bursting at the seams. There have now been suggestions that the government should require bread manufacturers to add vitamin D to bread. Read more about the findings of the research here.
I will be having a quiet weekend at home and am looking forward to snuggling down in front of the tv - The Voice, Taboo, and The Young Montalbano are all on my viewing list for Saturday evening. Wishing you all a lovely weekend.
By for now xx