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People with low vitamin D levels more likely to die from coronavirus, study finds

People with low levels of vitamin D may be more likely to die from the coronavirus, according to a preliminary study.    This study adds to the volumes of data that stresses the importance of adequate levels of vitamin D for a healthy immune system.

Researchers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Trust and the University of East Anglia in England compared the average vitamin D levels of 20 European countries with COVID-19 mortality rates — and found “significant relationships” between vitamin D levels and the number of deaths caused by this infection.

The study, which has not been peer-reviewed, notes sun-starved “Nordic” countries are among the most at risk.”We believe that we can advise vitamin D supplementation to protect against SARS-CoV2 infection,” the researchers wrote.   The finding falls in line with previous research that suggests healthy vitamin D levels can reduce the risk of respiratory infections.

Some of my favorite articles on this topic include On the Epidemiology of InfluenzaFighting Infections with Vitamin D and Vitamin D Supplement Doses and Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D in the Range Associated with Cancer Prevention

And a study from Trinity College Dublin earlier this month, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, found that the vitamin plays a critical role in preventing respiratory infections and boosting the immune system response to infections.  The researchers wrote that vitamin D reduced the risk of chest infections by half in people who took supplements.

The latest study found older people in Switzerland, Italy and Spain were the most at risk of being deficient.

“The most vulnerable group of the population for COVID–19 is also the one that has the most deficit in Vitamin D,” it wrote.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes healthy bones and supports immune system function. Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight, but it can also be obtained from eating foods such as fatty fish, egg yolks, mushrooms and cheese.  The best and most potent vitamin D comes from the sun.   When getting your sun, make sure you always were sunscreen on your face and head.   To get the most efficient vitamin D production, you want to get sun between 11am and 2pm.    If you wear sunscreen greater than 15 SPF, you block some vitamin D production.

I recommend 5000 i.u. per day to maintain and 10,000 i.u. to increase your levels.    if taking 10,000 i.u. or more, always take vitamin K2 to ensure proper calcium metabolism.    If you happen to get Covid 19, some experts are recommending taking 10,000 i.u.  4- 5 times per day (with your K2).

This article was originally published in the NY Post and I have added my points to it as well.

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