‘Boosting Vitamin D deficiency will help fight COVID 19’

May 6, 2020

BOOSTING IMMUNITY: “Vitamin D is necessary for normal immune function. People with low levels of Vitamin D will have reduced levels of immunity. This does seem to predispose them to viral infections and to bacterial infections. We don’t get too much Vitamin D from our diet, a lot of it comes from the sun.” – Retired Accident and Emergency nurse and health educator Dr John Campbell.

MITIGATING RISK: Vitamin D supplements are recommended to be taken by parts of society who are considered to more vulnerable to Covid-19 type respiratory infections but can also be used by others during the winter if they are not getting enough sunlight.

 

 

 

A RETIRED nurse teacher and Accident and Emergency nurse has been giving practical advice on how to minimise the risks of contracting COVID 19 and other similar respiratory conditions.


In a recent education seminar, Dr John Campbell, has been collecting public information on-line that is available on Vitamin D to see if taking supplements for it will reduce the number of infections to help people take responsibility for their own health.

‘BAME groups should take daily Vitamin D supplement’

According to the site for Public England on the Department of Health’s website, it recommends that babies and adults should have a 10mcg Vitamin D supplement in the winter months.

But also that anyone from a South Asian, Black Caribbean or Black African background may not get enough Vitamin D from sunlight in the summer and should consider taking a daily supplement all year round.

According to a journal called the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the immune proteins cathelicidins and defensins can lower viral replication rates and reduce the risk of influenza or Covid 19-type infections.

Cytokines are hormones or chemicals that one cell communicates with another cell and the cytokines promote inflammation and Vitamin D helps to reduce the amount of inflammation.

‘Doctor draws diagram to show what happens in lung’

In his seminar, Dr Campbell draws a diagram of the alveoli to show how sufferers of Covid 19 or a form of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (AIDS) how the alveoli become inflamed due to the pro-inflammatory cytokines which facilitates fluid build up in the lungs and is called “consolidation and infiltration in the lungs”.

He said: “This journal (NCBI) is saying there is empirical evidence for that theory we have just sketched on the diagram. Please don’t take supplements on my advice, please see what your own doctor says.”

Vitamin D is very important for bone health, as has been discussed immune system function and also protection against cancer. Good dietary sources of Vitamin D include fatty fish, fish oils, egg yolk, butter and liver.

‘Irish Vitamin D uptake is slightly higher’

In Ireland’s model, they found that in their survey of the public, 47 per cent of adults were deficient in Vitamin D during the winter and it was noted that it has a lot of rain and not a lot of sun and 27 per cent of the over 70s were likely to be lacking in Vitamin D too.

The Irish Government’s health department recommends a minimum daily intake 10mcg daily like Public England but this increases to 15 to 20 for at risk groups.

‘Ask your GP if you need to take a supplement’

Before going into more intricate detail, Dr Campbell said: “Vitamin D is necessary for normal immune function. People with low levels of Vitamin D will have reduced levels of immunity. This does seem to predispose them to viral infections and to bacterial infections.

“We don’t get too much Vitamin D from our diet, a lot of it comes from the sun. In a lot of northern areas and indeed far southern areas we don’t get sun in the year to produce a lot of Vitamin D, there a lot of us are deficient.

“This important reason may explain the data we are seeing around the world with this (COVID 19) pandemic is that the darker your skin, the more slowly you produce Vitamin D. It means people with darker skins are more prone to Vitamin D deficiency.

“This can be a problem for Islamic women who are covered a lot of the time. The evidence for taking a supplement for Vitamin D is strong enough for you to be asking your health provider if you should be taking a supplement.”

  • PLEASE click on the back links marked in three places to expand on the material that Dr Campbell is referring to in this article.

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Rebecca May 7, 2020 at 6:59 am

Good insightful thought, Matt. Thank you

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