A new study compared average levels of vitamin D across 20 European countries with coronavirus infection rates and mortality. The researchers found that people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to die after contracting the virus.
Deficiencies of vitamin D and other essential micronutrients are a major factor contributing to compromised immunity. If knowledge about the importance of micronutrients in strengthening the immune system had been disseminated globally over the past decades, the coronavirus pandemic could essentially have been prevented or quickly contained.
A micronutrient that has numerous important functions, vitamin D is produced naturally in the body when skin is exposed to sunlight. In recent years, however, evidence has been growing that deficiencies of it are now common worldwide.
In the United States and Canada, vitamin D deficiency is known to be widespread. In Europe blood levels of vitamin D have been shown to be low in 50 to 70 percent of the population, with India also now home to a growing epidemic of the problem. Even in Australia, a country where people typically enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with plentiful sunshine, deficiency is said to have reached crisis levels.
These findings have serious implications, as a lack of vitamin D has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, depression, miscarriage, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, and many other health problems.
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