Vitamin D against coronavirus: new studies show it works

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A new study indicates that the vitamin D has a protective effect against covid-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine, in the United States, analyzed blood samples from 235 patients who were admitted to a hospital with covid-19.

The research indicated that patients who had at least 30 ng / mL of calcidiol (or 25-hydroxy-vitamin D) had a significant reduction in the risk of becoming unconscious, having difficulty breathing or dying.

According to the researchers, blood samples from patients also indicated fewer inflammatory markers and higher levels of lymphocytes, cells of the immune system.

Covid-19 has more severely affected black people than white people, and new studies on vitamin D may indicate the reason – in addition to socioeconomic reasons. People with black skin need more time of exposure to sunlight for vitamin D to be created by the human body.

The study also found that patients over 40 who had enough vitamin D had 51.5% less risk of death from covid-19. The study was published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

In addition to being found in supplements, vitamin D is also found in foods such as fish, red meat and eggs.

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