“A new retrospective study of Spanish pregnant women during the COVID-19 epidemic highlights significant vitamin D deficiencies, resulting from the imposed strict lockdown in the region.”
By instructing people to remain in their homes and only venture outside to purchase food or essential medicines, it was always inevitable that COVID-19 lockdowns would result in widespread vitamin D deficiencies. A micronutrient that has numerous important functions, vitamin D is produced naturally in the body when skin is exposed to sunlight. In the absence of sufficient sunlight, however, an optimum intake from food or supplements is essential.
The problem is compounded by the fact that vitamin D plays an important role in strengthening the immune system and protecting the body against COVID-19. Scientists in the United States have found 60 percent higher rates of coronavirus infection among people low in the nutrient, for example. An Israeli study has further shown that people deficient in vitamin D are up to 14 times more likely to fall severely ill when contracting the virus. Significantly, therefore, research from Spain suggests that over 80 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients are vitamin D deficient.
Conversely, having an adequate level of vitamin D has been found to reduce complications and death among coronavirus patients. Research suggests that higher levels are associated with a lower incidence and severity of COVID-19. Demonstrating the power of nutrient combinations, a study from Singapore has shown that taking daily doses of vitamin D3 along with magnesium and vitamin B12 can reduce the severity of disease in older patients with afflicted with the virus.
To read about research showing that high-dose vitamin D cuts the risk of death from COVID-19 by 60 percent, see this article on our website.