Researchers from Trinity College Dublin (Trinity) and Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) have found that taking Vitamin D supplements may enhance resistance to respiratory infections such as Covid-19, or limit the severity of the illness for those that do become infected.
“Dr Declan Byrne (St. James’s Hospital and School of Medicine, Trinity) and Dr Daniel McCartney (TU Dublin), co-authors of the article published in the Irish Medical Journal on Friday, recommend that adults living in Ireland take 20-50 micrograms of vitamin D per day.”
Since there is no official treatment for Coronavirus COVID-19 infection, then preventative measures to build resistance to Respiratory Infection should be a consideration. It has been stated by researchers that humans in northern climate changed their skin colour so as to facilitate creating Vitamin D from sunlight. Our skin creates Vitamin D from exposure to UV Rays in sunlight. During winter months there may be a deficiency of Vitamin D in Humans living away from the equator where there is far less sunlight during Winter months.
During the Coronvirus Crisis with Social Distancing and Stay at Home orders, humans are exposed to precious little sunlight and hence may develop a Vitamin D deficiency making our bodies more prone to a Respiratory Infection. Since Vitamin D helps our bodies to build a resistance to Respiratory Infection, it may a consideration to take Vitamin D supplements daily.
Download a PDF of a Healthcare Professional summary of – Optimisation of Vitamin D Status for Enhanced Immuno-protection against Covid-19 – is available here.
Always discuss with your Doctor, if you wish to take Vitamin D Supplements. Your Doctor could test your blood to check the level of Vitamin D deficiency and could suggest and monitor the level of supplementation.
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Severe Coronavirus infections could result in the patient getting an acute respiratory Tract Infection requiring the use of a Ventilator to sustain life. Vitamin D could be an adjunctive treatment protocol to help patients with Coronavirus.
Vitamin D deficiency contributes directly to the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data
Low Vitamin D Status Occurs in 90% of Patients with ARDS and Is Associated with Longer Duration of Mechanical Ventilation
Please discuss the above with your Medical Doctor to see if the information may be of help. Self Medicating without the advice of your Medical Doctor(s) is not recommended.
Posted by Vincent Banial