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News

“A new research study at the University of Chicago Medicine has found that when it comes to COVID-19, having vitamin D levels above those traditionally considered sufficient may lower the risk of infection, especially for black people.” [Source: sciencedaily.com]

Comment

Research shows that vitamin D insufficiency is more prevalent among African Americans than other Americans. In North America, most young, healthy African Americans do not achieve optimal vitamin D levels at any time of year. This is primarily due to the fact that pigmentation reduces vitamin D production in the skin.

Significantly, therefore, multiple studies now demonstrate a link between COVID-19 and vitamin D. As a result, there is increasing recognition of the role vitamin D can play in preventing and treating coronavirus infection.

A recently published position statement by the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology stated that vitamin D supplementation should now become a standardized practice to treat COVID-19 in hospitalized older patients. In Ireland, academics are urging the government there to include vitamin D as part of a national strategy to tackle the pandemic. In a further promising development, a recent letter published in The National, a newspaper in Scotland, called for immediate widespread increased vitamin D intakes and was signed by more than 100 doctors and scientists worldwide.

To read how a micronutrient combination consisting of vitamin D3, magnesium, and vitamin B12 has been shown to reduce disease severity in older coronavirus patients, see this article on our website.