Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Avoid large crowds, especially indoors. All good advice for reducing your risk of getting COVID-19—and all mentioned over and over by mainstream media.
But here’s some advice, taken seriously in the UK and Scotland, that the U.S. media is largely ignoring, and sometimes even suppressing: One of the best ways to avoid the wrath of COVID-19 is to optimize your levels of Vitamin D.
According to this recent Mercola.com article:
“Vitamin D not only helps regulate immune function and prevent respiratory illnesses in general, but mounting data analyses show clear parallels between vitamin D levels and the risk of infection, severity and mortality from COVID-19 as well.”
In the UK, the Frontline Immune Support Team is providing healthcare workers with free nutritional supplements known to bolster and regulate immune function. According to the team’s fundraising page, vitamin D:
"… plays a critical role in your immune defense system, both in reducing flu-like days of illness if your blood level is sufficient, and in helping your immune system respond when under viral attack. It speeds up recovery from pneumonia.
Two in five adults have a level of vitamin D below 25nmol/l, especially in late winter months such as February and March, that is likely to almost double their risk of flu. A vitamin D level above 100 nmol/l correlates with the lowest numbers of flu-like days. The moral of the story is to get your level up as quickly as possible."
As health officials warn of a potential "second wave" of COVID-19 in the fall, now might be a good time to add Vitamin D to your list of prevention tactics. And a reminder: Studies show that your body needs adequate levels of magnesium to efficiently convert vitamin D to its active form.
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