Vitamin D is important for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. It helps regulate blood sugar, the heart, blood vessels, and the lungs and airways. According to Dr Chris says, vitamin D also has a role in boosting the body’s immune system, giving it a key role to play in the fight against COVID-19.
Dr Chris said: “There are a lot of studies on vitamin D. There’s evidence patients that become more ill and those who sugar long COVID-19 seem to have lower levels of vitamin D.
“There are new cases every day. Thirty-one percent of the population are not yet vaccinated. That’s an increasing amount of people carrying the virus.
Research shows that having healthy levels of vitamin D may help protect against respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
A recent study indicated that patients hospitalised with COVID-19 who had sufficient levels of vitamin D had decreased risk for adverse outcomes and death.
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Covid has been linked to inflammation in the lungs, which can lead to pneumonia and inflammation in the blood vessels and can cause blood clots.
Dr Chris added: “Vitamin D helps the immune system. It has properties in reducing inflammation, which is a big problem with COVID-19.
“It’s so important to your body. Your body has its own factory to make vitamin D and that’s the largest organ in the body, your skin.”
The body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on the skin.