Vitamin D Plays A Vital Role In Fighting Coronavirus

Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka|June 26, 2020

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Vitamin D Plays A Vital Role In Fighting Coronavirus
Anglia Ruskin University has found European populations with lower vitamin D levels have had a significantly higher death rate. Another study, carried out in Indonesia, revealed 98.9 per cent of Covid-19 patients with a vitamin D deficiency died.

Previous studies have shown vitamin D can help treat respiratory infections, so it may be useful when it comes to fighting Covid-19, too.

‘Vitamin D has an anti-inflammatory action, particularly if it’s given at higher doses,’ says Professor Adrian Martineau, a clinical professor of respiratory infection and immunity at Queen Mary University of London.

The overactive inflammatory response in patients with Covid-19 seems to be implicated with poor prognosis. If vitamin D can reduce this response, it might prevent the patient from deteriorating.’

A study in the British Medical Journal in 2017, which reviewed data from 25 clinical trials, showed the vitamin can also help prevent acute respiratory infections.

Professor Martineau, who was the lead author of the review, says: ‘When vitamin D is made in the skin it gets converted in the liver to a form that circulates around the body. This creates a natural antibiotic substance in the lining of the airways that can bash viruses and bacteria, killing them.

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June 26, 2020