The importance of adequate vitamin D for bone health has a long history. I want to share with you information to help you decide whether vitamin D supplements are right for you, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read and you decide. All information cannot be supported by science. Some of them come from reputable sources and some are just conjectures. I aim to review clinical evidence that vitamin D has a role in preventing or treating COVID-19. This is what I found. This is intended to let you know, always check with your doctor before taking any supplements. Supplements do not cure disease, they can help the body deal with disease. Here’s what I want to share:
Vitamin D is an important factor in maintaining bone health to avoid osteoporosis.
Vitamin D has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of various types of cancer and increase survival. Enough vitamin D can eliminate some of the symptoms of depression.
It has been established that vitamin D is beneficial for bone health and our research shows the importance of vitamin D for athletic performance among British students as well.
Vitamin D is also important for cells that produce the hormone insulin – which regulates blood sugar – and the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
50% to 90% of vitamin D is absorbed through the skin through the sun while the rest comes from food.
Vitamin D is important for bone metabolism, and regulates the concentration of calcium in the blood.
Because vitamin D is absorbed in the small intestine, the leaky and inflamed digestive tract that exists in people with low thyroid function reduces vitamin D absorption, vitamin D is a powerful immune modifying micronutrient and if vitamin D status is sufficient, it can benefit adults who are susceptible. , in particular, those aged 70 years and over who experienced cocoons during the COVID-19 outbreak, concluded the report.
The current recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D is 600 IU per day for people from 1 to 70 years and 800 IU for people over 70.
Vitamin D is important in bone health, but recent research also shows an important role in extraskeletal function, including skeletal muscle growth, immune and cardiopulmonary function, and inflammatory modulation, which affect athletic performance.
Vitamin D has unique properties that are synthesized in the skin from sun exposure. Some food sources of vitamin D can include egg yolks, mushrooms, salmon, cow’s milk, soy milk, cereals, oatmeal, orange juice, and cod liver oil.
Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the risk of getting the common cold. In 2017, a large analysis of prospective clinical trials showed that taking vitamin D reduced the chance of developing respiratory infections by around 42% in people with low initial levels of Vitamin D.
Adequate vitamin D has the potential to provide simple protection for vulnerable populations. Whether from diet or supplementation, having enough vitamin D is important, especially for those who are at the highest risk of COVID-19.
Vitamin D might not prevent the virus but it can help the host and how they deal with the virus. So vitamin D supplementation is more important as we get older. There is a very good reason why vitamin D is associated with cov19
There is data that shows that vitamin D protects against respiratory infections. Vitamin D can increase the chances of survival from COVID-19.
Science supports this possibility even though it is not evidence that Vitamin D can strengthen the immune system, especially people whose vitamin D levels are low. It has anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties and is very important for the activation of the immune system’s defenses.
Vitamin D is known to improve the function of immune cells, including T-cells and macrophages, which protect your body from pathogens.
The findings suggest that vitamin D deficiency can partly explain the geographical variation in mortality rates of reported COVID-19 cases, implying that supplementation with vitamin D can reduce deaths due to this pandemic.
Significantly, vitamin D is also considered to play an important role in the immune response, according to Bruce Troen, Professor and Head, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, of the University in Buffalo, New York.
Higher vitamin D levels are associated with decreased levels of IL-6, the last being proinflammatory cytokines. Vitamin D is an immunomodulator, which works through innate immune cells called dendritic cells and adaptive T cells.
As we get older, our ability to make vitamin D decreases by 75%.
Vitamin D is one of the most useful nutritional tools that we had during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vitamin D can be stored in the body in fat cells for an average of three months.
During periods of sunlight, vitamin D is stored in fat and then released when sunlight disappears, indicating that adequate levels of vitamin D encourage good sleep.
If you read this much, you might fall asleep! Hope you find it interesting.Dr.Brian McKay Inti Health Darien
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