With the UK in the grip of a pandemic and public health measures that can reduce the risk of infection and death in addition to quarantines being desperately needed, we put out our post on ‘breathing for life’ : https://www.skinlikes.co.uk/breathing-for-life-what-can-complementary-medicine-do-to-help/
Today we want to talk about the benefits of taking Vitamin D and how taking a measured dose may save us from Covid-19 infection. This is what we have found.
Our first, and go-to website is PubMed where you will find most peer-reviewed medical articles written about every healthcare subject imaginable. There are thousands on the site and it is a bit of a minefield if you don’t know where to look, but here is what we found at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32252338/ where this article reviews the roles of vitamin D in reducing the risk of respiratory tract infections. It also has information about the epidemiology of influenza and COVID-19, and how vitamin D supplementation might be a useful measure to reduce risk. It writes that vitamin D deficiency has been found to contribute to acute respiratory distress syndrome; and that case-fatality rates increase with age and with chronic disease comorbidity (a medical condition that occurs with another).
Another study at Chicago university wrote (3rd September 2020) that: Vitamin D Deficiency may boost COVID-19 Risk (https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vitamin-d-deficiency-may-raise-risk-of-getting-covid19?site=Forefront)
In this study, researchers at the University of Chicago found an association between vitamin D deficiency and the likelihood of becoming infected with the coronavirus. David Meltzer, MD, PhD, Chief of Hospital Medicine at UChicago Medicine and lead author of the study wrote: “Vitamin D is important to the function of the immune system and vitamin D supplements have previously been shown to lower the risk of viral respiratory tract infections. Our statistical analysis suggests this may be true for the COVID-19 infection.”
Their research team looked at 489 UChicago Medicine patients whose vitamin D level was measured within a year before being tested for COVID-19. Patients who had vitamin D deficiency that were not treated were almost twice as likely to test positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus compared to patients who had taken sufficient levels of the vitamin. Meltzer went on to say. “Vitamin D is inexpensive, generally very safe to take, and can be widely scaled. But patients should contact their physician to have Vitamin D level tested and only take the dose recommended by your doctor.” With this being a statement that we can only but agree.
In a small study at the University of Cordoba in Spain (September 2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsbmb.2020.105751 theresults of their study were extraordinary although we have to say that as the numbers in the trial were minuscule, some physicians may simply write this up as worthless observational study, but we thought that it was worth reporting; indeed everything is worthy of consideration these days. Result:
– control group, 26 people = 50% ICU admission (13 people.) and 2 deaths.
– vitamin D group, 50 people = 2% ICU admission to (1 person.) and 0 deaths.
Gustavo Bellini the healthcare provider in charge wrote: “In theory, the statistical intake of Vitamin D reduced the risk of ICU admission by 96%.
Other than this, we read:
The Earned Value Management System (EVMS) for Critical Care of Covid-19 Management Protocol, published on August 1, used collected data to recommend high levels of vitamin D, vitamin C, melatonin, and zinc to both minimize risk of infection and to promote recovery if infected. The use of vitamin D also correlates with the benefits seen from administering Dexamethasone (one of the US presidents preferred medications) to patients, where it was originally thought that the benefit was from its being a corticosteroid but researchers have found that Dex enables the body to better utilize vitamin D, which in turn has been shown to improve the ability of the body to utilize zinc.
So, what’s the recommended dose? In all that we read, there are, as far as we can see, no negative values in the research although we stand to be corrected; however, when we started to look at the advice on how much vitamin D anyone should take (the recommended dose) the best and only advice that we can give is don’t risk your own health and buy on-line, nor even are we keen on buying from health-food shops where the advice given is limited to the knowledge of the shopkeeper; and rather as we have found, the best way forward is to speak with your GP.
Earlier this week when we, when we started researching this article, we made an appointment with our own doctor and although it takes a few days to get one, we will speak on-line on Tuesday of next week – and from there, we will pass on the information gleaned.
Vitamin D is the only nutrient your body produces when exposed to sunlight. However, up to 50% of the world’s population may not get enough sun, and are deficient in vitamin D, partly because people spend more time indoors, wear sunblock outside, and eat a Western diet low in good sources of this vitamin.
Don’t’ forget the fish: Salmon is a popular fatty fish and great source of vitamin D. Whether the salmon is wild or farmed can make a big difference.
Herring is a fish eaten around the world. It can be served raw, canned, smoked, or pickled and is one of the best sources of vitamin D.
Cod liver oil is a popular supplement and can be key to obtaining certain nutrients that are unavailable in other sources and it has been used for many years to prevent and treat deficiency in children.
So, there you have it. Vitamin D we think is a sensible addition, and especially so in these dark winter nights; but as with any medication, it has to be taken on advice from your own GP to suit you personally, but we hope that this helps with your decision-making and it keeps you safe too.
This week’s article written by Jim, but best wishes from all of the team at SkinLikes.
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Our newsletter this week, is written by Jim, but best wishes from all of the team at SkinLikes.