A study published in the Endocrine Society’s ‘Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism’, conducted at a hospital in Spain’s Santander city, supports that Vitamin D deficiency may be a common factor in patients with covid-19.
The more than 200 patients at Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital, in the city above, were compared with people who had not had the virus.
The results of the study show that in the control group of 216 people sick with covid-19, 82.2% had vitamin D deficiency.. In the control group of people who did not have the disease, which had 197 people, only 47.2% showed the same deficiency.
(If you want to know more about the study, you can read: Study: 82% of patients with covid-19 have vitamin D deficiency).
The World Health Organization (WHO) calls vitamin D a fat-soluble vitamin (soluble in fats or oils) that is different from others because an important source of it is ultraviolet.
The specialist page ‘Anis’ states that it is more appropriate to call it a hormone and not a vitamin, because it is produced by the kidneys in a natural way.
It also explains that, By 2017, a high percentage of the world’s population lacked this.
Studies have reported a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency worldwide
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In addition, he points out that its deficiency can have negative consequences on the immune system, since the vitamin enhances intrinsic invisibility by increasing the secretion of antimicrobial peptides (molecules with antibiotic properties), as well as strengthening the defenses of the mucosa.
WHO, in a meta-analysis of 2017, reported on a protective effect found in vitamin D supplements, to counteract respiratory infections.
So here’s telling you the foods and habits you can put in place to counteract the absence of vitamin D in the body.
(You can read: Multivitamins do not promote cardiovascular health).
According to the US National Library of Medicine’s ‘MedlinePlus’ website, this vitamin is commonly called ‘sunlight vitamin’, because it is produced from ultraviolet light and, unlike the others, it is rare in food naturally.
For this reason experts say you have to spend 10 to 15 minutes in the sun a day to synthesize vitamin D in the body.
It is important to clarify that it should be done without sunscreen, but exposure for more than a few minutes without sunscreen is not recommended, because “exposure to sunlight is a risk of skin cancer”According to ‘MedlinePlus’.
On food, the page warns that it is not common for this hormone to be found in food itself, so there are many cases where it is fortified (vitamins added).
The page also states that fatty fish, such as tuna, salmon and mackerel (green or xarda), are “among the best sources of vitamin D.”
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Beef, cheese, egg yolk and mushroom liver supply small quantities.
“Some mushrooms for sale in the store have higher vitamin D content because they have been exposed to ultraviolet light“Says the North American website.
And of course fish liver oil also provides the body with this compound.
It is important to check the information table on food labelsAs some brands of milk, cereal, soy drink, orange juice, yogurt and butter can be fortified with vitamin D.