THE RELATION OF THE PREVENTION OF COVIID-19 AND VITAMIN-D
For normal functioning of the body, Vitamin D is essential for our health. It not only keeps our bones and teeth healthy and strong but recent discoveries may also suggest that it can also regulate our immune system. It gives strength to our immune system and protects us from bacteria and viruses.
According to recent research, it is found that vitamin D deficiencies can lower the strength of the immune system that will significantly increase the risk of Covid-19. Recent surveys also showed the extreme deficiency of Vitamin D in ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) patients. It was the cause of fatality in the past coronavirus infections since it is not a new virus.
The Corona Virus (Covid-19) is a more infectious and contagious disease than was originally predicted. It is an infection of the respiratory tract with symptoms of flu, fever, and breathing problems. Deaths occur due to lung injury and the more critical form, ARDS, indicated by lung edema and inflammation of the cells. Researchers have noticed that a Vitamin-D deficiency in our diets is linked with a weaker immune system. As we continue more and more to live an indoor lifestyle, Vitamin-D deficiency is turning into a world wide pandemic.
Protection by Vitamin D:
Vitamin D can prevent and control the pandemic of Covid-19 through several mechanisms.
It enhances the production of anti-microbial agents in the body that directly inactivate the viruses.
It decreases the production of cytokines which suppress the process of inflammation.
Vitamin-D is a non-negotiable necessity of your cells. But we take it as an optional nutrient. This pandemic of coronavirus can be controlled by proper supplementation of Vitamin D. Previous infections of enveloped viruses such as MERS,( Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome), SARS,(Severe Acute Respratory Syndrome), and H1N1 influenza have all showed the uniqueness of vitamin D in the prevention and treatment of these diseases.
Optimum level of Vitamin D:
Vitamin D can be checked from a simple blood test. It is recommended by Endocrine society that 30-100ng/ml blood levels of Vitamin D are enough for normal functions.
But unfortunately, doctors have not seen even the lowest limit that is 30ng/ml. This level is satisfactory to prevent rickets but not help to boost your immune system.
The minimum desired limit of Vitamin D is 40ng/ml that is protective against common flu and cold.
The immune system strengthens by the influence of higher levels of more than 500ng/ml of Vitamin D.
And interestingly enough,people who have 50-60ng/ml of Vitamin D in their blood can be protected from deadly COVID-19 that is present today.
The Sun Is Not Enough
It is found that we can take around 10000 to 150000 IU of Vitamin D in 15-20 minutes with 70% skin exposure in full sun from (10 am to 2 pm). So how many of you are ready to take vitamin D to save yourself from the dreaded Corona Virus?
As already mentioned adults need 10,000 IU of vitamin D per day. As it is a fat-soluble vitamin, it should be taken once in a week for 15 days. The principal aim should be to maintain 50 to 60ng/ml for strong immunity. If you are not taking supplements for 6 months then
For two weeks, take Vitamin D 60k IU twice a week.
Take Vitamin D 60k IU for three days for next three months.
In these uncertain times of pandemic,it is recommended that you get your blood levels checked every 2 months to maintain levels of around 60ng/ml. lastly, the majority of people need vitamin D right now. This is an effective tool to protect you from COVID-19. Now is the time to act.
NOTE * :
Although all material mentioned herein is based on scientific fact,it is for information purposes Only! And not intended to be a substitute to diagnose,treat or cure any health problems or mental disorders or any sympyoms thereof. Consult your Family or General Practitioner and/or Dietitian before starting any form of health regime.