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  • Marlo Rapp

How Vitamin D May Help Protect Against the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

“We believe, that we can advise Vitamin D supplementation to protect against SARS-CoV2 infection.”

Vitamin D plays many critical roles in our health, including:

  • Supports immune system health

  • May reduce risk of the seasonal flu

  • Supports respiratory health

  • Regulates insulin levels and supports the management of diabetes

  • Supports lung function and cardiovascular health

  • May help prevent the development of eczema, asthma, and other allergic diseases in children

  • Promotes absorption of calcium

  • Builds and maintains healthy teeth and bones

  • Influences the expression of genes involved in the development of cancer

  • May reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety

  • May promote healthy pregnancy and delivery

  • Supports brain and nervous system health

  • May naturally boost testosterone

  • May help improve energy and athletic performance

  • May help support restful sleep

  • May suppress appetite and boost weight loss

If that wasn’t reason enough to make sure you are getting adequate levels, emerging research has found a relationship between the severity of symptoms and mortality rates of coronavirus and vitamin D.

Countries lacking sufficient sunlight for adequate vitamin D levels and countries with widespread vitamin D deficiency in general are seeing higher mortality rates due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Furthermore, in a scientific review of more than 11,000 people from 14 countries, researchers found that adequate vitamin D levels was associated with at least a 12% decrease in risk of acute respiratory infection related to COVID-19. This comes as no surprise given the impact vitamin D has on immune and respiratory functioning, as well as overall health.

It is important to note that it becomes more difficult for the human body to synthesize vitamin D as we age. This can be made even more difficult when coupled with obesity, poor diet, irritable bowel syndrome, and/or insufficient sun exposure. If you think you might be deficient, you can get your vitamin D levels checked by your doctor.

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include:

  • Getting sick often

  • Low bone density

  • Hair loss

  • Depression

  • Feeling tired or fatigue

  • Back, bone, and/or muscle pain

  • Impaired wound healing

Thankfully, there are many ways you can boost vitamin D naturally, including:

  • Exposure to Sunlight

  • Cod Liver Oil (also contains Vitamin A & Omega 3 fatty-acids)

  • Salmon

  • Trout

  • Sardines

  • Herring

  • Beef Liver

  • Egg Yolks

  • Cow’s Milk

  • Canned Tuna

  • Mushrooms (Wild or Treated with UV Light)

  • High Quality Supplementation

Always follow recommended dosing, and consult with a physician or nutritionist.

*Visit the NIH website for recommended daily intake of vitamin D based on age, gender, and other factors:


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