Vitamin D supplementation could prevent and treat coronavirus, according to a study

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  1. Peter the Roman

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    https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202003.0235/v2

    You can download the full paper below; there is an older version too ("version 1" link)

    From the abstract:

    Evidence supporting the role of vitamin D in reducing risk of COVID-19 includes that the outbreak occurred in winter, a time when 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations are lowest; that the number of cases in the Southern Hemisphere near the end of summer are low; that vitamin D deficiency has been found to contribute to acute respiratory distress syndrome, and that case-fatality rates increase with age and with chronic disease comorbidity, both of which are associated with lower 25(OH)D concentration.

    To reduce risk of infection, it is recommended that people at risk of influenza and/or COVID-19 consider taking 10,000 IU/d of vitamin D3 for a few weeks to rapidly raise 25(OH)D concentrations, followed by 5000 IU/d. The goal should be to raise 25(OH)D concentrations above 40–60 ng/ml (100–150 nmol/l). For treatment of people who become infected with COVID-19, higher vitamin D3 doses might be useful.
     
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    That's one opinion......Vitamin D can be toxic.

     
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    Yes, of course, very high levels are toxic, but there are increasing voices who alert there is a deficiency of this vitamin in the population of many parts of the world, and it's assumed vitamin level to be measured before taking a supplement.
     
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    True, but there are those who consider the toxic levels to be below what was previously established. There is some evidence that vitamin D above 75ng/ml already causes increased calcium deposit in arteries and increased overall mortality.

    Me, I'll aim for keeping mine around 65 ng/ml.
     
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    I've been taking vitamin D during the winter months for years. Now I just do it year 'round. I take vitamin C, a 50+ men's One-A-Day and Lutein for my eyes. I think it's necessary in northern climates. I haven't had so much as a cold since I started the regimen.
     
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    The next link shows new evidence that vitamin D can treat covid-19, and looks over previous studies:

    https://dailyexpose.uk/2021/12/12/rapid-vitamin-d-delivery-may-result-in-better-covid-outcomes/

    One study published in Nutrients found supplementing with vitamin D in patients with confirmed Covid-19 shortened the length of hospitalisation, even in those with comorbidities.

    This data is part of mounting evidence that those with optimal levels of vitamin D may have a reduced risk of getting infected and, if infected, a lowered risk of severe disease and mortality.

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    The study:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/pmc/articles/PMC8618389/
     
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    ~ Eat meat , fish & liver . :knifefork:
     
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    I got no problem with the livers.

    A local independent chicken joint down the street has the best damn chicken livers you ever had fried on Earth. A little less than $6 for a whole pound
     
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    I'll do the meat and fish. Liver, not so much.

    I've been taking Vitamin D supplements for a good 10 years, year round.
     
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    what country do you live in?
     
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    even though I am vaccinated I have been on the vitamin stuff, Zinc is another I take plus a multivitamin
     
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    I don't think they're talking about administering toxic levels of vitamin D.
     
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    This is rather interesting I've been reading about vitamin D and the roll it plays in fighting off viral infections. Not just covid.

    So you get vitamin D from the Sun typically. You can supplement it other ways but the most natural way to go about getting it is being in the sun. So the spikes of flu are right around December to February any given year. This is when people are spending less time outside and less time in the Sun.

    So lack of vitamin D might just be the reason why we have a flu season and maybe the reason why we have a covid season because that's going to be the new reality.
     
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    Do they do hearts too? In my hometown there is a chicken joint that serves Chicken hearts, liver and gizzards.
     
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    ~ Me too ... I also began taking vitamin K-2 ( source Natto ) :aww:
     
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    For a health issue, I have to be very careful what I take in the way of vitamins and supplements. Take the wrong thing (standard Vitamin C is one of them) and I will be in agony for a week.

    The list of what I DO take is mind boggling. I swore that if I ever needed one of those pill organizers, I was gonna hang it up. I'm on my third one, dammit!
     
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    This is very interesting and could possibly offer part of the explanation for why African American people seem so much more likely to get infected.
    (It's well-known that darker skin inhibits the body's ability to make Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight, and that African people often have Vitamin D deficiencies in colder northern climates)

    We had a whole thread in this forum about Black people being more likely to get infected, but it seems to have disappeared now.
    Oh well, here's a link: African Americans account for 80 percent of Georgia coronavirus hospitalizations: study | TheHill
     
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    Vitamin D deficit is a lifestyle issue, not so much a latitude issue. There are northern peoples who spend a good deal of time outdoors.
     
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    Sorry, that's ignorance talking on your part. Maybe you've never lived in a climate that was really awful outside for half the year. (People don't go around wearing shorts and a T-shirt, and certainly not shirtless, in these places during the winter)
    What you say is of course partly true though.
     
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    ~ A few years ago my Doc told me to supplement with D and lose weight . I have done both. I may live longer than I think ! ? :eekeyes:
     
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    And yet there are people who live in cold climates who spend almost all their time outdoors. Also, I'm a person who does far more outdoor activity in winter - and yes, even in sub zero temps/snow etc - and 'hibernates' during summer (though I force myself outdoors early in the morning for Vit D). It's a choice.

    I personally can't understand why snow/cold would stop people from hiking, camping, doing external home maintenance, walking to the store, etc etc. That's the best time to do those things, IMO.
     
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