In today’s situation where COVID-19 is playing a deadly rampage on the human race, do you know what is that one very important nutrient that can help you boost your immunity and help prevent COVID-19? Let’s dig deeper into this,
Vitamin D also called the sunshine vitamin, it is a steroid hormone, produced endogenously with the effect of ultraviolet radiation on the skin or available from exogenous food sources or dietary supplements.
Vitamin D plays a major role in keeping your immune system healthy and may protect you from the respiratory illness.
It also plays a role in maintaining the normal blood calcium and phosphorus level.
Several studies demonstrated the role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of acute viral respiratory tract infections and pneumonia.
On the other hand, vitamin D deficiency is associated with inflammatory reactions and immune dysfunction, predisposing individuals to severe infection.
WHAT ARE THE NATURAL SOURCES OF VIT D?
1. The sun is one of the best sources of Vit D (Sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5–10 minutes, 2–3 times per week, allows most people to produce sufficient vitamin D)
2. Fatty fishes and Seafood e.g. – Tuna, Oysters, Shrimp, Sardines, Salmon
3. Mushrooms, the only vegetarian source of vitamin D.
4. Egg yolks are another source of vitamin D that you can easily add to your routine.
5. Cow’s milk, soy, almond, and hemp milk
6. Orange juice
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF VIT D DEFICIENCY?
1. Skin type :- Darker skin, for example, and sunscreen, reduce the body’s ability to absorb the ultraviolet radiation B (UVB) rays from the sun. Absorbing sunlight is essential for the skin to produce vitamin D.
2. Sunscreen :- A sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 can reduce the body’s ability to synthesize the vitamin by 95% or more. Covering the skin with clothing can inhibit vitamin D production also.
3. Geographical location :- People who live in northern latitudes or areas of high pollution, work night shifts, or are homebound should aim to consume vitamin D from food sources whenever possible.
4. Breast feeding :- Infants who exclusively breastfeed need a vitamin D supplement, especially if they have dark skin or have minimal sun exposure.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF VIT D DEFICIENCY?
1. Regular sickness or infection
3. Bone and back pain
4. Low mood
5. Impaired wound healing
6. Hair loss
7. Muscle pain
If Vitamin D deficiency continues for long periods, it may result in complications
1. cardiovascular conditions
2. Autoimmune problems
3. Neurological diseases
5. Pregnancy complications
6. Certain cancers, especially breast, prostate, and colon cancer.