Does Vitamin D Deficiency Increase Risk Of COVID-19?
There is a lot of misinformation surrounding coronavirus, we explore the truth behind Vitamin D.
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has brought the world to a standstill. Borders have been closed, shopping malls shut and people have been forced to stay home if they want to stay safe.
With so much uncertainty around, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding the coronavirus as well, especially on social media platforms.
Recently, there were messages that stated Vitamin D deficiency leads to a higher likelihood of getting the virus. But how true is this statement?
To understand this we first need to know what Vitamin D deficiency is.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D helps our body to absorb calcium and acts as a hormone. In the absence of an adequate amount of Vitamin D present in an individual’s body, the deficiency can lead to bone-related issues.
Some signs include: fatigue and tiredness, always falling sick, hair loss, bone and back pain or depression.
Coming back to the question, the answer is a simple yes.
Many researchers from different countries have found that the sickest patients of COVID-19 had one thing in common and that were their low levels of Vitamin D. Moreover, countries that reported the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths were countries with large number of people with Vitamin D deficiency.
This means ensuring that we are providing our body with enough Vitamin D during this crucial time becomes pertinent.
However, it is also important to note that no researchers have said that restoring Vitamin D levels help with treatment nor does having a healthy level of Vitamin D protect one from contracting the virus.
Having said that we also believe that it is better to be safe than sorry.
How To Boost Vitamin D Levels
The best source of Vitamin D is the sunlight. Exposing your skin to daylight everyday will help boost your Vitamin D levels.
Others things you can consider are: eat fortified food like egg yolks, mushrooms, orange juice or increase intake of fatty fish and seafood.