All posts tagged: vitamin D

19 health benefits associated with vitamin D

In a recent article on Study Finds, Matt Higgins analyzed several studies that showed the benefits of getting the proper amount of vitamin D, through either being outside or regularly taking supplements. Higgins pointed to 19 health benefits, which included these five. The studies revealed that vitamin D may help: For the full list READ: Soak Up The Sun! 19 Awesome Health Benefits From Vitamin D, According To Studies

Study: Vitamin D helps prevent dementia

I haven’t done a study showing the benefits of vitamin D recently, and this one seemed like an interesting one, as researchers claim that vitamin D may be effective in preventing dementia. The researchers found that people with high levels of vitamin D in their brains were 33% less like to suffer from memory loss. Researchers from the Rush Memory and Ageing Project based in Chicago, Ill, came to this conclusion after examining brain tissue samples of 290 people who were part of a long-term Alzheimer’s study. None of the people who were part of the study when it started in 1997 had any form of memory impairment. They had a cognitive analysis done regularly over the following years and agreed to have their brains preserved after they died. By the time they had passed, 113 had been diagnosed with dementia and 68 others were experiencing what was described as a mild memory loss. Speaking for the research team, Dr Sarah Booth from Rush University stated: ‘We now know that vitamin D is present in …

Study: Vitamin D supplements may help fight depression

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Eastern Finland has concluded that vitamin D may help individuals deal with depression. The researchers came to this conclusion after analyzing the results of 41 studies that looked at the use of daily vitamin D supplements in combatting depression symptoms. The studies that included the use of placebos were conducted on individuals who struggled with depression, those who weren’t struggling from depression and those suffering from other physical issues. Study Finds wrote: Researchers say vitamin D regulates central nervous system disturbances associated with depression. Prior cross-sectional studies have linked vitamin D deficiency and symptoms of depression. However, previous meta-analyses on the effects of vitamin D supplementation on depression have been inconclusive, until now. “These findings will encourage new, high-level clinical trials in patients with depression in order to shed more light on the possible role of vitamin D supplementation in the treatment of depression,” notes Mikola. READ: Vitamin D supplements help treat depression, study reveals

Study: Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of dying from COVID by 50%

Another study conducted by researchers in Israel and Russia has stated that a deficiency in vitamin D can significantly increased the risk of death from COVID, WND reports. The report published in the Israel Medical Association Journal analyzed several studies that looked at the link between vitamin D deficiencies and COVID severity. The researchers from the Laboratory of the Mosaics of Autoimmunity in Israel and First Moscow State University concluded that a vitamin D deficiency increased the chances of death from COVID by as much as 50%. WND provides more details: They concluded the trials “demonstrate that vitamin D levels are inversely correlated with the COVID-19 severity, serum levels of inflammatory markers and fatality rates, mainly through the modulation of the innate immune response and possible enhancement of antibody generation post-vaccination.” The researchers cautioned that there is “ongoing discussion regarding whether low vitamin D is caused by the infection or if its deficiency negatively affects the immune disease. In any case, they said, giving vitamin D supplements to COVID patients has improved their immune function, …

Video: Dr. Seheult speaks about vitamin D & COVID

Lifesite News recently reported on a viral interview with Professor Roger Seheult, from California’s Loma Linda University School of Medicine, who spoke of several studies revealing how low levels of vitamin D make people more susceptible to the coronavirus. The video also explains the other important roles that vitamin D, which also functions as a hormone, plays in the human body. Lifesite News explains: According to a now viral interview with Professor Roger Seheult of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, several studies show that people with higher amounts of Vitamin D in their blood are less likely to test positive for COVID-19 than people with Vitamin D deficiency. Another study has shown that COVID-positive patients treated with hydroxylated Vitamin D were less likely to need admittance to ICU than COVID-positive patients in the placebo group. Still another study showed that COVID-positive patients treated with Vitamin D were more likely to be COVID-negative in 21 days than their counterparts in the placebo group. READ: Vitamin D may protect against COVID-19, improve survival outcomes This video also …

Study: Vitamin D helps to battle cold & influenza

According to a new study by researchers at London’s Queen Mary University, vitamin D may help us to battle such common winter ailments as colds and the influenza. Of course, those diseases most often show up in the winter months when our vitamin D levels are traditionally the lowest because of less contact with the sun that naturally transforms our cholesterol into vitamin D. The study also revealed that taking vitamin D regularly is the most effective way of bolstering a person’s immune system. Study Finds reports: Researchers at the Queen Mary University of London found that vitamin D has health benefits beyond its effect on muscle and bone, what it is most known for, and could lead the way for new public health policies, such as infusing food with the vitamin. “The bottom line is that the protective effects of vitamin D supplementation are strongest in those who have the lowest vitamin D levels, and when supplementation is given daily or weekly rather than in more widely spaced doses,” says professor Adrian Martineau from QMUL, a lead researcher in …

Study: Vitamin D may increase cancer survival rates

You probably think I must own stocks in a vitamin D manufacturer? Well, I don’t. I have previously reported on several studies suggesting that low levels of vitamin D may make us vulnerable to COVID-19. However, there may be an additional benefit to taking vitamin D. A recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard revealed regularly taking vitamin D supplements may reduce our chances of dying from cancer. However, researchers are uncertain as to why.

Another study links Covid with vitamin D deficiency

Yet another study is suggesting that a vitamin D deficiency may contribute to a person’s susceptibility to COVID. This one is a bit different because researchers tested Britain’s National Health Service workers for Coronavirus antibodies and levels of vitamin D. The Daily Mail explains: Further proof that vitamin D could protect people from coronavirus emerged today after another study found adults deficient in the nutrient are more at risk of catching the disease.  Seventy-two per cent of NHS workers who were lacking in the ‘sunshine vitamin’ also tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies — a sign of previous infection. This compared to just 51 per cent for those who had a sufficient amount. The difference was even greater among those of a Black, Asian or ethnic minority, who may be more likely to have a deficiency because people with darker skin find it harder to obtain it from the sun. READ: Another study finds having a vitamin D deficiency could make you more likely to catch Covid-19 US President Donald Trump was recently hospitalized when he tested positive …

Study: Coronavirus Doesn’t Like Vitamin D

Another study by researchers from Northwestern University suggests that people with low levels of vitamin D are more susceptible to the coronavirus. The research group analyzed hospital data for Coronavirus patients from the US, China, UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, South Korea and Iran. The researchers found that countries with patients registering the lowest levels of vitamin D, such as Spain, France and the UK, also had the highest mortality rates from COVID-19, compared to countries with patients showing higher levels of vitamin D. They also explained why, as they linked the vitamin D deficiency to the cytokine storm that causes a hyperinflammatory condition in the lungs. The researchers noted: “Cytokine storm can severely damage lungs and lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome and death in patients. This is what seems to kill a majority of COVID-19 patients, not the destruction of the lungs by the virus itself. “ The study suggested that having sufficient vitamin D may not protect you catching the virus, but it could reduce its severity and cut the chances …

Vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19?

A recent study out of Indonesia suggests that a vitamin D deficiency may lead to increased susceptibility to COVID-19. Researchers in that country went through the medical records of those with COVID-19 to determine their levels of vitamin D. According to the study’s abstract: Results revealed that majority of the death cases were male and older and had pre-existing condition and below normal Vitamin D serum level…. When controlling for age, sex, and comorbidity, Vitamin D status is strongly associated with COVID-19 mortality outcome of cases. Instapundit gives a further breakdown of the study provided by a Facebook friend: “Just under half (49.7%) of cases had normal vitamin D status, and only 4% of them died. Just over a quarter (27%) had insufficient vitamin D status, and most of them (88%) died. Just under a quarter (23%) had deficient vitamin D status, and almost all of them (99%) died.” Vitamin D levels tend to shrink in the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere because of less sunlight, as sunlight converts cholesterol to vitamin D. Not …