Vitamin D – Does It Hold The Key?

COVID-19| By Michaela Tsangari 

04|05|2020

Vitamin D – Does It Hold The Key? 

Research shows it could help to fight COVID-19 infections

In 2020, Vitamin D has generated unprecedented levels of interest. Vitamin D is a hormone precursor produced by the body when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Including foods such as oily fish and eggs in your diet can also increase levels of this essential nutrient. Vitamin D 3 – and the resultant pre-hormone 25(OH)D – have been demonstrated to have an important role on adaptive immunity and cellular differentiation, in addition to the maturation and proliferation of several immune cells. A recent BMJ publication explored the potential of Vitamin D and determined this nutrient had the potential to prevent millions of cold and flu cases, and possibly save lives (1). With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, further exploration of the respiratory illness fighting properties of this vitamin was crucial. Globally, governments, health bodies and researchers have rallied to identify public health measures that could reduce the incidence of transmission, limit mortality and limit the need to quarantine.

Vitamin D 3 and 25(OH)D have a role in adaptive immunity and the proliferation of immune cells

While the release of a vaccine to combat the Coronavirus may not occur for months or even years, the body of evidence is massing to suggest that we have a potent preventative treatment already available to us in the form of Vitamin D. Obviously the supplement does not offer the same level of assurance as an inoculation, but investigation has shown that vitamin D supplementation might be a useful measure to reduce risk. As part of their Corona advice portfolio, Public Health England have recommended that people consider taking a daily dose. This recommendation is even more pertinent as, due to lockdown, many of us are limited in the amount of time we can spend outdoors in the sunshine and may not be able to obtain significant dietary intake of the vitamin, due to restricted access to grocery shopping.

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Public Health England have recommended that people consider taking a daily dose of Vitamin D

Furthermore, studies developed in 2020, have hypothesised that the ‘sunshine vitamin’ could even prevent health deterioration in patients that are infected with COVID-19. A clinical trial initiated this month at the University of Granada, Spain aims to determine that Vitamin D can significantly improve health status and outcomes for patients suffering from the Coronavirus (2). In the same vein, a US based narrative review, entitled Evidence that Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infections and Deaths, is advocating maintaining optimum Vitamin D3 levels in the body by supplementation of 10,000 IU per day (3). Additionally, the researchers responsible for this survey have proposed that even

High doses of Vitamin D3 may be therapeutic for individuals infected with the virus

This new understanding of the potential of Vitamin D – and particularly D3 – is hugely encouraging. However, while the battle against COVID-19 still rages, don't forget the basics.

  • Be kind to your body - rest and play is essential for optimum immune function.
  • Be  kind to those around you - if you do think that you are unwell, try not to expose others. Not all sharing is good!
  • Eat well - a balanced diet, with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and Vitamin D rich foods is a potent deterrent against infection.
  • Get help - when your diet or lifestyle is not providing all the benefits that you require to keep you in top form, it is ok to ask for help and we will be there for you!

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We have a range of Vitamin D, including Ergocalciferol and Cholecalciferol products, which are suitable for a spectrum of applications. We even offer Vegan options. Contact us to discuss the ways which Vitamin D can support optimal health in a world of change.

References for further reading

(1)https://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.i6583

(2)https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04334005

(3)https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/4/988/htm

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MichaelaTsangari 04 May 2020 Colds and Flu, Education, Immune, Supplements, Vitamins