Can Vitamin D Help?

Ben Daviss suggested this post for The Walpolean. To be honest, my first thought was to say no thanks, I’m not into giving medical advice. Then I realized that I take Vitamin D and it’s not going to hurt anyone. So I pass on the information and you can make your own decision. – Lil


A small study by doctors at Reina Sofia University Hospital in Cordoba, Spain, indicates that taking vitamin D supplements might keep a person from catching the COVID virus or minimize its effects on those who already have it.

The physicians divided 76 newly hospitalized COVID patients into two groups. One group of 26 was given the usual cocktail of drugs used to treat COVID cases. The other group of 50 got the same cocktail plus a drug that raised vitamin D levels in the bloodstream.

Of the 26, 13 – 50 percent – wound up in intensive care; two died. Of the 50 whose vitamin D levels were boosted, only one went to the ICU and none died.

The experiment followed a Spanish study of 200 hospitalized COVID patients that found that more than 80 percent – more than 160 of the 200 – had vitamin D deficiencies when they were admitted to hospitals.

Vitamin D has long been known to fortify the immune system.

Researchers theorize that vitamin D impairs viruses’ ability to replicate as well as tamping down inflammation while stimulating a positive immune response.

The Spanish research team has called for wide-scale tests of vitamin D’s effectiveness as a COVID preventive and treatment.

4 thoughts on “Can Vitamin D Help?

  1. dmedkins 12/02/2020 at 11:57 AM Reply

    Lil, Benn Daviss ‘ medical advice is worthless! PLEASE DON’T GO THERE!Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


  2. David Edkins 12/02/2020 at 12:11 PM Reply

    We don’t need medical advice from Ben Daviss or anyone else. Your first instinct was correct. Stock to the facts.


  3. JillJill 12/02/2020 at 3:00 PM Reply

    Ben makes a good point. Chris Kresser, my go-to science guy on health matters, just sent out an email in which he summarized and evaluated 15 studies on Vitamin D and COVID, and explained the reasoning behind advocating Vitamin D. I’d be happy to forward his email on request (jillrobin AT gmail DOT com).

    The Institute For Functional Medicine (the docs that seek to find and eliminate the root cause of illness) recommends a laboratory range of > 50 and < 80 ng/mL serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D . If you don’t know your blood level, your doc can order a lab test, or the IFM recommends 5,000 IU once a day if you don’t know your level.


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