This week, I’m revisiting vitamin D and its role in COVID-19, especially given the pandemic’s current state. Updated research has given us a clearer picture of vitamin D levels in relation to the severity of COVID-19 cases.
COVID-19 induces an inflammatory response that can target the lungs, heart, kidneys or inflame overall body systems. For example, we are newly learning of virus-related cases developing in children. It’s not surprising that the vitamins and minerals we talked about before in this series, Vitamin C, D and Zinc all act as anti-inflammatories and have shown promise as treatments.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin found in some foods and supplements. It’s needed to maintain strong bones, plays a role in lifting mood and the immune system needs it to fight off bacteria and viruses. It works alongside calcium to help protect against osteoporosis.
Zinc is essential, which means we can’t produce or store it so it has to be consumed regularly in sufficient amounts. It naturally occurs in some foods, is added to others, and is available as a dietary supplement. It is required to activate immune function reactions in our bodies so our immune system can do its job.
Learn how nutrition can help boost your immune system. This is the first in a series about how nutrition affects your immune system. In the first episode, I discuss Vitamin C. Watch the video above, or read about it.
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