Ensure you are getting enough Vitamin D to reduce the impact of COVID-19

By Steve Foreman. Published 2020-10-01
BOLD-Wellbeing
Are you getting enough vitamin D?

The much predicted second wave of COVID-19 has arrived. Various parts of the UK are in social lockdown, the wearing of masks is mandatory and there were 7,000 new cases reported yesterday. There is a great deal of discussion around potential vaccines that may or may not be arriving ‘soon’, but what can we do in the meantime?

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Something that is so simple, has perhaps not had the exposure it deserves. Ensure you are getting enough Vitamin D; from sunlight, food or as a supplement, it doesn’t matter. Research has found that those people with ‘sufficient’ levels of Vitamin D are 52% less likely to die if they are hospitalized. Severe illnesses were also 13% less common. Another study found that having sufficient levels of Vitamin D can reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 by 54%.

In Britain it is believed that 20% of the population suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency, if that percentage is applied to the number of deaths in Britain, it would suggest a considerable number could have been prevented. Many ethnic minority groups are considered high risk of having a deficiency and they are also being hit hardest by this virus. So why isn’t the government recommending that everyone takes a Vitamin D supplement?

It is suggested that an average daily intake of 400–800 IU, or 10–20 micrograms is sufficient for most people. Vitamin D supplements are not expensive, a quick search online will show that you can get a three months supply for around £10, we believe that’s money well spent. What price can you put on your health. At TheBoldAge we’ll be taking a daily Vitamin D supplement to help keep us as healthy as possible.

As always, we suggest that you discuss taking any additional supplements with your GP before you begin.