Two recent studies reveal that people with higher levels of vitamin D have substantially less risk of coronavirus. One study published in Aging Clinical and Experimental Research observed:1
• Italian and Spanish populations known for low levels of vitamin D suffered the highest mortality rates.
• Deaths in the Scandinavian countries have been much lower where people have higher levels of vitamin D from more sun exposure and consumption of cod liver oil.
• Older adults who often have lower levels of vitamin D have been most affected.
• Both studies noted vitamin D deficiency contributes to acute respiratory distress syndrome.
The researchers of the second study evaluated coronavirus case severity based on vitamin D blood concentrations.
This led the study authors to recommend:2
• Raising vitamin D blood concentrations above 40 ng/mL.
• People at risk of coronavirus and flu immediately take 10,000 mg and then reduce to 5,000 mg after a few weeks.
• Infected individuals might find higher doses helpful, in the short term.
While more research will certainly be done, the correlation between vitamin D and coronavirus seems clear. High levels of vitamin D means less risk. Low levels mean higher risk.
You need to increase your levels of vitamin D right now, especially if you might find yourself stuck inside recently. When choosing vitamin D, always choose vitamin D3. You may find supplements with D2, but that is the synthetic form and not as bioavailable as D3.
When you take Vitamin D, you should also take it with the following nutrients:
• Magnesium. Whether you produce vitamin D naturally by spending a little time in the sun or take a supplement, you need magnesium to convert it into its active form. Fortunately, you can boost your magnesium levels simply enough. Fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts are excellent sources of magnesium, especially almonds, dark leafy greens, oatmeal, bananas and beans.
• Zinc. Vitamin D and zinc both play key roles in your immune response. Research also shows that low vitamin D levels correspond to low levels of zinc. (3) By including them together, you get adequate amounts of each, in a way that complements their effect. Zinc also plays an important role in building bones. You can find zinc in most stores. You don’t need to take as much as you get a lot through your diet, and it is possible to get too much zinc. 2 mg to 5 mg every day is recommended with your vitamin D.
To be safe if you are going to take a vitamin D supplement, consider taking it with the nutrients above. They will ensure you get the most from your vitamin D while maintaining balance throughout the body.
Dr. Frank E. Kaden, D.C.
1927 Artesia Blvd., #7
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
1. Ilie PC, et al. “The role of vitamin D in the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection and mortality.” Aging Clin Exp Res. 2020;1:4. 2. Grant WB, et al. “Evidence that vitamin D supplementation could reduce risk of influenza and COVID-19 infections and deaths.” Nutrients. 2020;12(4):E988.
3. Shams B, et al. “The relationship of serum vitamin D and zinc in a nationally representative sample of Iranian children and adolescents: The CASPIAN-III study.” Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2016;30:430.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.