Can your Vitamin D levels help lower your risk of COVID-19 infection?
We have posted previously about the importance of vitamin D and the significant role it plays when trying to conceive, and now new research has shown that it potentially plays a role in helping to prevent acute respiratory infections. Research dating back to as far as the 1930s and current trials performed in the last 13 years has shown that vitamin D could hold promise as a preventative agent for COVID-19.
The “sunshine” nutrient is already known for its immunity benefits and has been shown to be effective in helping to combat the common cold, flu and various pox families. A recent study to come out of Dublin has shown that countries in Europe where people had lower sunlight exposure and lower vitamin D levels experiences the highest number of infections and death rates.
As we are now faced with uncertain times and much of the population are self-isolating in an attempt to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, limited exposure to natural sunlight could see many people becoming vitamin D deficient.
Fertility First has recognised the importance of sufficient vitamin D levels not only in our female patients, but also our male patients for over 10 years and routinely test our patients’ vitamin D levels as part of our preliminary assessment and treatment programs.
If you’re unable to leave the house for extended periods of time, there’s a risk that you may not be getting adequate doses of vitamin D from the sun, especially given that daylight savings has ended and we’re looking at shorter and colder days.
There is, however, a way to ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D and that is through your diet. Foods that are rich in vitamin D include cheese, egg yolks, oily fish such as salmon and tuna, orange juice and mushrooms.
You can also find vitamin D supplements at your local pharmacy, however it’s important to note that like with every vitamin, taking too much can limit the benefits and possibly cause more harm than good.
For expert guidance and information on dosage, we would suggest contacting your fertility specialist.