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Researchers Believe that Vitamin D Supplements Can Save People from COVID-19

Scientists at the University of Granada’s research center assume that vitamin D supplements might be helpful to save people from COVID-19. The daily intake of vitamin D whether through diet or by using supplements can help people to fight against this deadly virus. The research team has shown an interest to study vitamin D’s role in COVID-19 prevention in detail.

They are planning to investigate a 10-week-long trial with more than 200 coronavirus positive patients. This new assumption has been coined after a previous study found vitamin D deficiency to be a major reason of bovine coronavirus in cows.

Considering this case, it might be possible that vitamin D deficiency is also a big risk factor for COVID-19. All medical experts believe in the general benefits of vitamin D for human health, whether or not at risk of COVID-19.

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Dr. Jenna Macciochi from the University of Sussex commented on this new possibility. She said; “If you are deficient in Vitamin D, you are three to four times more likely to catch a cold.

“It, therefore, makes sense a viral respiratory infection like COVID-19 would be worse if you were Vitamin D-deficient.”

The human body produces vitamin D naturally whenever it is exposed to sunlight. Whenever the human body gets into the sunlight, vitamin D is produced through a natural reaction. Now during this coronavirus lockdown, a majority of people are unable to face the sun, hence they are deficient on vitamin D.

People with darker skin tone are most affected by this lockdown as high levels of melatonin in their skin hinder the natural production of vitamin D. Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal published a new report that found that countries with the highest mortality rate by COVID-19, i.e. Spain, France, Italy also had vitamin D deficiency in their citizens.

On this possible connection of vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19, NHS said that;

 “From about late March/early April to the end of September, most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight. The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin when outdoors. But between October and early March, we don’t get enough vitamin D from sunlight.”

Right now, there is no medicine or vaccine of COVID-19 available. Also, there are no studies that explain if vitamin D supplement intake can save you from this virus, But there are so many studies that confirm that vitamin D deficiency can cause impairment in immunity and makes a person more vulnerable to respiratory diseases. Coronavirus is an air-borne disease that hits the lungs causing severe breathing difficulties and eventually death. Considering this, vitamin D deficiency and risk of coronavirus might be linked with each other.

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Also, there are studies that confirm that taking vitamin D supplements daily improves the body’s immune response and protects it from all respiratory diseases. The daily vitamin D dose is different for everyone, depending upon the person’s blood levels, typically 1,000–4,000 IU of vitamin D daily is ideal.

Vitamin D is necessary for building good immunity. All the scientific evidence points that taking vitamin D supplements protects from respiratory illnesses which might include COVID-19 as well. Anyone who is looking for a complete immunity booster should start taking vitamin D supplements daily. For customized dosage recommendations, contact your nearest healthcare center,

As this new study has made it to headlines, the Public Health department of England has advised people to take care of their diet and make sure that they are taking vitamin D in any form. Researchers believe that overcoming vitamin D deficiency will change the dynamics of coronavirus and control its spread.

 

 

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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