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COVID-19 Prevention: Does Vitamin D Help Lower Risk?

The immune system is the body’s first line of defense against pathogens or disease-causing microorganisms. In this day and age when everyone is not safe from the clutches of the novel coronavirus, strong immunity and proper hygiene are the powerful tools that could spare us from contracting the virus. Vitamin D plays an important role in our immunity.

The fat-soluble vitamin apparently helps facilitate the proper functioning of the immune system. It helps activate the immune response needed whenever a pathogen has penetrated the body. Furthermore, it has anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties that also come into play when immune system is battling bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing organisms or substances.

During the cold and flu season, vitamin D helps the immune system remain balanced so that diseases can be prevented. When the immune system’s activity falls short and balance is not maintained, infections occur.

According to Pharmacy Times, low levels of vitamin D in the body have been linked to greater autoimmune disease risks. One could get frequent infections during this season if vitamin D levels are not sufficient. Just like influenza, COVID-19 is predicted to become a seasonal disease.

Scientists have suggested the novel coronavirus that started spreading in late 2019 could ease in the summer season when the weather is cool and dry. They anticipate coronavirus outbreaks to become a seasonal problem because of this.

But the problem now is the fact that there is still no cure and vaccine for the deadly COVID-19. And so many people turn to vitamins and dietary nutrition for help against the disease. And from the looks of things, vitamin D supplementation is a good idea when trying to lower your risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.

As per Healthline, many published studies point to vitamin D as a booster of immune cell function. There are also research reports that show a direct connection between low vitamin D levels and higher risk of having respiratory diseases such as asthma, tuberculosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In addition, there are studies that show how vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of developing respiratory diseases. And so, while there is still no solid proof that vitamin D supplementation could help protect you from the novel coronavirus, there is enough scientific evidence to show that having low vitamin D levels could make you susceptible to infections and respiratory diseases like COVID-19.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Laboratory Test, Cure, Vaccine Andressa Parreiras, Biomedic, and Larissa Vuitika, biologist, work in a laboratory during the extraction of the virus genetic material on March 24, 2020 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The Ministry of Health convened The Technological Vaccine Center of the Federal University of Minas Gerais laboratory to conduct research on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to diagnose, test and develop a vaccine. According to the Ministry of Health, as of Tuesday, March 24, Brazil has 1.891 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and at least 34 recorded deceases. Pedro Vilela/Getty Images

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