There is new evidence that taking enough vitamin D provides significant support in protecting hospitalized individuals infected with Covid-1
Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researchers analyzed data from 235 people who were hospitalized with Covid-19. They found that patients over the age of 40 were 51.5 percent less likely to die from infection if they had a sufficient level of vitamin D, which they define to be at least 30 ng / mL.
Dr Michael F. Holick, lead author of the study and professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics and molecular medicine at BUSM, says, “This study provides direct evidence that vitamin D sufficiency can reduce complications, including cytokine storm ( release to too many proteins in the blood too quickly) and eventually death from Covid-19. “
Patients in the study were followed up for the following clinical outcomes, including the clinical severity of the infection:
· Becoming unconscious
Having difficulty breathing resulting in hypoxia and death
Blood test for inflammatory markers (C reactive protein
· Blood analyzed for the number of lymphocytes
All parameters compared between groups of patients divided by vitamin D deficient and vitamin D sufficient
Dr. Holick recently published a separate study that found that having enough vitamin D can reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19 by 54%. He also believes that having adequate levels of vitamin D helps ward off other viruses that cause upper respiratory tract diseases, including the flu.
Holick adds, “Because vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is so prevalent in children and adults in the United States and around the world, especially in the winter months, it’s prudent for everyone to take a vitamin D supplement to reduce risk of being infected and having complications from Covid19. “