If you are deficient in vitamin D, it affects your susceptibility to infections. Therefore, I am not against recommending vitamin D intake. I take it myself
- noted the American face of the fight against the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauche, while engaging actress Jennifer Garner in Instagram-Live. The remarks by the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases came as a bit of a surprise, as Anthony Fauch was one of the most prominent and authoritative figures to speak out about the ineffectiveness of “immune-boosting” supplements during a pandemic.
Strange as it may sound, vitamin D has a long history of fighting respiratory infections. As far back as the 1930s, many believed that fish oil had an anti-cold effect. An extensive meta-analysis on this topic has only recently been published (it has not undergone a proper scientific review and it has not yet been published in an academic journal) and the results are ambivalent: Although vitamin D has some protective effects against acute respiratory infections, it does have some protective effects. There is little data and it would not be right to prove anything by solving it.
Vitamin D in our body
Vitamin D is very important for the proper functioning of our body. It is part of our bones, teeth and muscles, and its deficiency in children causes bone disease, rickets. Lack of vitamin D in adults leads to the development of osteomalacia.
Vitamin D is sometimes referred to as the “sun vitamin” because the latter is responsible for its production in the body – cholesterol in the skin is converted to vitamin D by exposure to sunlight. In addition to daylight, vitamin D reaches us from food, but only in this way it is somewhat difficult to obtain its daily dose. Vitamin D is found especially in large amounts in fatty fish and eggs. You will also find yogurt, margarine and breakfast cereals saturated with vitamin D on the market.
Vitamin D deficiency is especially common in the elderly who suffer from arterial hypertension (so-called “high blood pressure”). Its number is also reduced in case of excess weight (BMI> 30). It should be noted that these factors also significantly increase the risks of acute COVID-19. It may be that this coincidence has led doctors or scientists to turn their attention to vitamin D in the current pandemic.
In fact, it’s really worth investigating. There is currently enough argument for scientists to suggest: Vitamin D affects the body’s response to coronavirus.