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Does vitamin D work as a treatment for COVID?

According to researchers from the University of Cordoba in Spain and Belgium’s KU Leuven university treating hospitalized COVID patients with vitamin D may reduce the chances of going into intensive care.

According to their study, 50 patients were treated with high doses of calcifediol, the hormone that the liver produces from vitamin D, and compared their results to 26 volunteer patients who were not given hormone.

Giving calcifediol directly allowed it to enter the patient’s system quicker.

The researchers reported that only two of the patients given calcifediol ended up intensive care, while half the patients (13) who were not given calcifediol ended up in intensive care.

None of the patients who took calcifediol died, while two died who were not given the treatment.

The Daily Mail also noted:

Researchers have been divided over whether a vitamin D deficiency, which is vital to the immune system, can raise the risk of dying of Covid-19. Some scientists suggested that it may be one of the reasons black people face a higher risk of dying from the illness, because they do not produce as much of the vitamin naturally.

Taking too much vitamin D can cause bone and organ damage over time, however, and scientists discouraged people from trying to self-medicate. […]

Vitamin D is thought to stop Covid-19’s nasty symptoms by stopping the build-up of a chemical called bradykinin, which helps regulate blood pressure.

READ: Vitamin D supplements ‘could keep Covid-19 patients out of intensive care’ as study finds hospital patients given 100micrograms per week had ‘significantly reduced’ need for life support

When an outbreak of COVID threatened Dharavi, India’s largest slum located in Mumbai, doctors were able to stop it by using a combination of hydroxychloroquine, vitamin D and zinc. READ: This Indian slum contained a possible COVID-19 disaster with hydroxychloroquine

Vitamin D is referred to as the sunshine vitamin as the body naturally converts cholesterol to vitamin D through sunshine. When winter comes, there is less sunshine leading to low levels of the vitamin. This may explain why we are more susceptible to the flu and colds in the winter months.

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