While the scientists’ are busy doing research to fight corona pandemic all over the world. There is an important result that came out from various studies conducted in different parts of the world. People who have low Vitamin D levels are more susceptible to die from Coronavirus. Research findings suggest that “VDI(Vitamin D Insufficiency) is highly prevalent in severe COVID-19 patients”. Studies also reveal that countries that receive a good amount of sunlight are less prone to Corona cases as compared to low sunlight regions. When it comes to receiving a proper intake of vitamin D, a few degrees of latitude could be the difference between life or death when dealing with the severity of COVID-19, the illness caused by SARS-CoV-2 pathogen.
Various countries like Scotland, America are recommending taking Vitamin D as a preventive measure to cure against Corona. Health practitioners of many countries like the USA, UK are already recommending the general public to start taking Vitamin D supplements.
Italy and Spain have both experienced high COVID-19 mortality rates, and the new study, published in the journal Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, shows that both countries have lower average vitamin D levels than most northern European countries.
To prevent Corona, take ample of early morning and late evening sunlight. Make sure your arms, face, and legs get good exposure to sun rays. You can also consume Vitamin D rich foods to raise your levels if you prefer staying indoors mostly.
Symptoms of Low Vitamin D
You can get yourself checked for Vitamin D deficiency. A blood test can be done to check vitamin D3 levels. 15 to 50 ng/ml is the normal range. Less than 15 is too low. In this case, one should take supplements. Once the level reaches around 30+ sunlight will be the best source. Some of the effects of Low Vitamin D include:
• Feeling Fatigue or tired
• Bone pain frequently
• Joint pain
• Muscle pain
• Sour mood or mood changes
• Low energy
• More frequent illness
• Weight gain
• Hair loss
Who is more risk to Vitamin D?
People who spend more time indoors like old persons who cant go much outside are more prone to VDI. People with darker skin get more deficiency. Certain medical ailments like gastrointestinal tract diseases, celiac diseases, and patients who had bariatric surgery are more prone to this deficiency. Additionally, people with chronic liver and kidney disease are at more risk.
To summarise with, the following group of people has more chances to Vitamin D deficiency:
- Breastfed Infants
- Older Adults
- Anyone with limited sun exposure
- Persons with dark skin tone
- People who are obese or who have undergone gastric bypass surgery
Vitamin D Rich Food
Fish is a great source of Vitamin D especially fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon. Another great source of Vitamin D is certain categories of mushrooms. Other options of Vitamin D include:
- Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals.
- Beef liver
- Egg yolks
- Canned Tuna
- Cow’s Milk
- Cereal and Oatmeal
- Orange Juice
- Cod Liver Oil
There are a lot of Vitamin D supplements available in the market. If you are unable to get your daily dose through food, you can ask your health practitioner to recommend Vitamin D supplements to your diet. Also, recommend lifestyle changes to boost your immunity for great health.
Note: Don’t consume any supplements without your health care advice.
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