Vitamin D: Proven To Help
Our Bodies Fight Viruses
By Kat Burki
August 5, 2020
Last month, we picked a few of our power hitters in protecting your immune system, and recommended Cod Liver Oil due to its high levels of vitamin A and D. As scientists rush to understand COVID-19 one piece of validating research has developed, pinpointing those with a Vitamin D deficiency to be more vulnerable to the virus.
Here's what they are saying, The Journal of Aging Clinical and Experimental Research -- found that COVID-19 infections and deaths were higher in countries where people had low vitamin D levels, such as Italy and Spain, compared to northern European countries where average vitamin D levels were higher. The online journal MedRxiv, a team from Northwestern University in Evanston Ill, analyzed data from 10 countries, including the United States. This study also concluded that low vitamin D levels were linked to a hyperactive immune system response.
Dr. Frank Lau, an associate professor of clinical surgery at Louisiana State University indicated his research showed patients whose levels are low in vitamin D had a weaker immune response to the coronavirus. He said his research showed that Vitamin D strengthens the immune response allowing the body to develop antibodies to the virus and prevent it from spreading throughout the body.
What Can We Do?
Well you can supplement with Vitamin D, Cod Liver Oil and add Vitamin D rich foods like milk, orange juice and yogurt, to your diet. Food with high levels of Vitamin D include salmon, herring, sardines, canned tuna, egg yolks and mushrooms.
Sunlight is one of the best sources of Vitamin D. When the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays come in contact with person’s skin, our tissues start producing vitamin D for the body to use. Frequent to moderate exposure to the sun can have great benefits in Vitamin D production however, prolonged exposure without proper protection can be dangerous and is discouraged.
Clinical trials to see if Vitamin D can help already infected patients are now getting started.