We already know that vitamin D can protect against colds and flu, What you need to know about vitamin D and COVID-19?
Now there are also several studies that indicate that it can also provide protection against covid-19.
– There are clear indications and therefore I think that one should advocate an extra intake of vitamin D, says Mats Humble, researcher and former chief physician at the University Hospital in Örebro.
Already early in the spring, Mats Humble and some of his colleagues noticed that there seemed to be a link between low vitamin D levels and patients with severe covid disease.
– When they began to describe the risk groups for being severely affected by covid-19, it was the elderly, overweight, those with type 2 diabetes and people with dark skin. We know from previous research that these are groups that are consistently lower in vitamin D than other groups, says Mats Humble who is a psychiatrist, doctor of medicine and researcher at Örebro University.
– Then it has been confirmed, you could say, by several studies from different parts of the world, where you measured vitamin D levels with covid-19 and compared the course of the disease. It could be seen that those who were low in vitamin D became more seriously ill and were at greater risk of dying.
Several studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to coronavirus infection and more severe COVID-19.
Experts are now investigating whether vitamin D intake can help protect against severe COVID-19 symptoms.
Even before these studies are completed, there are good reasons to consider taking a vitamin D supplement.
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With no coronavirus vaccines approved for full use, many turn to vitamins and other supplements to strengthen their immune system and help them fight COVID-19.
While many social media posts drive these supplements as personal coronavirus shields, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said last month that most “so-called immune-boosting supplements” actually do “nothing”.
However, there is a supplement that can benefit the immune system – vitamin D, also known as “sunshine vitamin.”
“Lack of vitamin D has an impact on your susceptibility to infection,” Fauci said in an Instagram Live interview with actress Jennifer Garner. “So I would not mind recommending – and I do myself – taking vitamin D supplements.”
Fauci did not specifically talk about COVID-19 but about the general role of vitamin D in supporting the immune system – in particular about the benefits of this nutrient for people with deficiency.
Right now, the National Institutes of Health says there is not enough evidence that vitamin D can prevent or treat COVID-19.
But there is ample evidence that researchers are examining the benefits of this and other coronavirus supplements.
Are you getting too little vitamin D? Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency is common in Sweden – and many of us risk a deficiency during the winter. When vitamin D is deficient, you may experience symptoms such as extreme fatigue and other adverse health conditions.
Vitamin D deficiency is considered a so-called silent disease. This is because it can take a long time to develop a disease from when the deficiency occurred.
Children can suffer from English disease, which means soft and deformed skeleton. Adults can suffer from osteomalacia, which means bone softening. In addition, seizures may occur.