The Role of Vitamin D in Coronavirus

The Role of Vitamin D in Coronavirus

Whilst many a theory as to how certain medicines and vitamins can help in the fight against Coronavirus continues to emerge as new science evolves, the use of Vitamin D is one thing that seems to have some logical weight behind it.

As we approach the trickier winter months with the resurgence of other respiratory illnesses such as flu and pneumonia, there is plenty being said about the amount of time we will be spending indoors compared to what we do in the warmer months. Vitamin D is naturally made by the skin when we spend time outdoors and are exposed to sunlight. As the weather gets colder and we are less inclined, as well as able to be, outdoors, taking a Vitamin D supplement is already something that is generally recommended to do. Combine this with the current pandemic meaning that far more of us are  working from home, not socialising as much and generally being far more cautious about life in general, and it is clear to see that this essential vitamin could be hard to get from being outside if supplements are not introduced. But what is also being researched is whether it specifically can help in beating Coronavirus.

Obviously, the healthier we are, the better chance of a positive outcome when suffering from an illness in general. Taking vitamin supplements helps this occur. What scientists are currently trying to find out is if Vitamin D may offer some additional protection against respiratory illnesses. It may also help with boosting the immune system and fighting inflammation. Whilst it is important to note there is no definite evidence at this stage as to whether Vitamin ‘D’, also known as the ‘Sunshine drug’, has clear benefit, as it has lots of other general health benefits, taking it will always be a good thing to do. Vitamin D is very important to the health of bones, teeth and muscles in particular.