Vitamin D For Coronavirus
Should we take vitamin D to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus? We don’t know exactly what effect it would have due to lack of time for testing, but there are many benefits to taking vitamin D and most Americans have levels that are low especially in the winter months. Vitamin D is very important for our immune system and ability to stay healthy and fight off viruses. The World Health Organization has recognized that Vitamin D deficiency is common and increased levels of vitamin D may help safeguard against respiratory infections. Vitamin D for Prevention of Respiratory Tract Infections. (1) There are several different ways vitamin D helps our immune system fight respiratory infections.
Vitamin D reduces the ACE2 enzyme which viruses like coronavirus use to gain access to our cells. This is the same method the SARS coronavirus used to gain access to our cells. I am not a doctor or medical professional but there are tons of studies that speak for themselves and I have had multiple doctors recommend vitamin D for myself and my family. SARS And the New Coronavirus Use the Same Lock to Break Into Cells. (2)
There is no testing finalized yet to show how much certain supplements can help with the new COVID 2019 coronavirus, however there is reference in February 2020 to a medical trial in China to examine the effect of Vitamin D on COVID-19 coronavirus patients. Impact of Vitamin D Deficiency on Prognosis of Patients With Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (COVID-19). (3)
Can Vitamin D Kill Coronaviruses?
Vitamin D may not directly kill a virus like COVID-19 coronavirus but it can help strengthen our immune systems and may also prevent the coronavirus from attaching itself to our cells. Lack of vitamin D is speculated to cause or greatly contribute to the seasonal spread of colds and influenza. Every summer these viruses decline and every winter they pick up. Vitamin D is created by our bodies when our skin gets sunlight. In the northern latitudes where it is cold and darker in the winter months, Vitamin D deficiency is common. Many doctors now (including mine) prescribe Vitamin D or recommend their patients get it over the counter without a prescription. Many doctors now recognize how important Vitamin D is for overall health, immunity and fighting inflammation and pain.
Why Are We Low on Vitamin D and Other Vitamins?
Vitamin D is produced when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency is common in the countries with low light in the winter such as the United States, Canada and the countries of Scandinavia. This is due to few hours of sunlight, cold temperatures which mean our bodies are covered up under clothing and not getting sunlight and the sun being low on the horizon. This is the biggest reason for vitamin D deficiency.
We are low in many different vitamins and minerals in the United States and the western countries due to many other factors as well. Some of these are soil depletion due to industrial agricultural methods and monocropping (planting the same crop over and over so the soil gets depleted). Other causes include the time lapse from harvesting to shipping and storing produce, use of chemicals, stress and illnesses making us less able to absorb nutrients and more. A huge factor in nutrient deficiency is the vast consumption of processed foods that are stripped of nutrients. White flour, white sugar and many other staples of modern diets do not have any or many nutrients left. Fresh, whole produce is vital for getting enough vitamins and minerals and we often don’t eat enough. Even if we eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, the problems like soil depletion have left that produce with much less nutrition than a generation ago. We would have to eat much more produce to get the same vitamins and minerals that our parents or grandparents did.
To learn more about why we are often low on nutrients please see Why Do You Need Extra Vitamins and Minerals.
What Health Problems Are Associated With Low Levels of Vitamin D?
Low levels or deficiencies in vitamin D have been associated with many health problems (4) including:
- Bipolar Disorder (5)
- Cancer (4), (6)
- Cardiovascular Disease (4)
- Diabetes (4), (7)
- Influenza (8)
- Multiple Sclerosis (4)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
What Kind of Vitamin D Should I Take?
There are many brands of Vitamin D available and it is one of the common supplements that can be found at most any health food store, grocery store or pharmacy. I prefer to order it online since it is more affordable that way and I don’t have to be limited to just a few brands. I take Nature’s Bounty brand in the 5,000 IU strength. There are many great brands however. You can pick whichever one you prefer.
If you click on the link here you can see see more details about this product. This bottle has 240 capsules and just 1 tiny capsule has the full 5,000 IU and is a dose. The price is less than 6 cents per dose! I love that they are so easy to take. They are much smaller than most any other supplement and since they are liquid capsules they are absorbed better than dry pills.
Nature’s Bounty also has a similar capsule in a 2,000 IU strength.
Can You Overdose on Vitamin D?
It is possibly to get too much vitamin D but most Americans have levels that are too low (especially in the winter months) and really need it. If you follow the directions on the bottle of a reputable brand you will not have to worry about getting too much. In fact, people with specific health conditions like auto-immunity, are often told to take much higher doses than generally used because they need higher levels. I take a much higher dose. My regular doctors recommend doubling a standard dose when I am sick since extra D is needed to help get better. I am not a doctor and not recommending any particular dose for anyone else. See a doctor and ask what dose you should take if you have any concerns. For the vast majority of people following the dosage instructions on the package is very safe as the FDA guidelines for vitamins and minerals in the United States is highly conservative. One of the reasons many multi-vitamins are considered ineffective is because the doses are very low.
Super Anti-Viral Supplements Proven Effective Against Coronaviruses
There are many supplements that can help strengthen our immune systems and some that are shown to be effective against other coronaviruses like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Natural supplements that work in a broad spectrum manner against many forms of viruses such as SARS, MERS, avian influenza and drug resistant bacteria like MRSA, are a good bet in my non-medical opinion to help against the COVID-19 coronavirus. Supplements like monolaurin weaken or kill viruses by breaking down the protective lipid coating that surrounds the virus. COVID-19 coronavirus has this same lipid coating as do SARS and other coronaviruses. If you would like to learn more about monolaurin and other supplements proven to work against coronaviruses or to try some yourself, please click here: Supplements for Coronavirus Protection.
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Current Information on COVID-19
For the latest updates and official information about COVID-19, please visit the Centers For Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov.
(1) Aponte and Palacious (2017). Vitamin D for Prevention of Respiratory Tract Infections. World Health Organization. E-library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions.
(2) Jesus (2020). SARS And the New Coronavirus Use the Same Lock to Break Into Cells. Science News. Published Online. Feb. 3, 2020.
(4) Holick, Michael F. (2006). High Prevalence of Vitamin D Inadequacy and Implications for Health. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Volume 81, Issue 3, Pages 353–373
(5) Altunsoy et al (2018) Exploring the Relationship Between Vitamin D and Mania: Correlations Between Serum Vitamin D Levels and Disease Activity Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 72, issue 3.
(6) Cattaruzza et al (2018) 25 Hydroxyvitamin D Serum Levels and Melanoma Risk: a Case-Control Study and Evidence Synthesis of Clinical Epidemiological Studies. European Journal of Cancer Prevention. Volume 11, Issue 00.
(7) Khan, et al (2018). Efficacy of Oral Vitamin D on Glycated Haemoglobin (HbA1c) in Type 2 Diabetics Having Vitamin D Deficiency – A Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of the Pakistan. 68(5):694-697
(8) Grant and Giovannucci (2009). The Possible Roles of Solar Ultraviolet-B Radiation and Vitamin D in Reducing Case-Fatality Rates From the 1918–1919 Influenza Pandemic in the United States. Dermato Endocrinology. Pages 215-219 | Published online: 19 Jul 2009
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