A new study has revealed that an adequate level of vitamin D in the body prior to being exposed to COVID-19 can prevent serious illness and death.
The researchers revealed in the study published in the journal Scientific Reports that vitamin D can help the patients from severe COVID-19 sickness and even death of the person.
A team of researchers from Trinity College in Ireland, University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and Zhejiang University in China examined both genetically predicted and vitamin D levels predicted by ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation (which is vital for the vitamin D generation in the skin).
When analyzing the two variables, researchers discovered that the UVB-predicted vitamin D level has a three-fold greater connection with measured vitamin D concentration in circulation than the genetically predicted vitamin D level.
Dr. Xue Li, a researcher on the study from Zhejiang, said, “Our study supports the recommendation of vitamin D supplementation for not only the maintenance of bone and muscle health during the lockdown but also the potential benefits in relation to protection from COVID-19.”
“Conducting a properly designed COVID-19 randomized controlled trial of vitamin D supplementation is critical. Until then, given that vitamin D supplements are safe and cheap, it is definitely advisable to take supplements and protect against vitamin D deficiency,” commented Prof. Lina Zgaga, Associate Professor in epidemiology, at Trinity’s School of Medicine.
“Furthermore, ambient UVB radiation at an individual’s home preceding COVID-19 infection was found to be highly and inversely connected with hospitalization and mortality,”according to the researchers.
Previous research suggests that vitamin D deficiency may raise the chance of viral and bacterial respiratory infections. Similarly, multiple observational studies have discovered a vital connection between COVID-19 and vitamin D deficiency.