Published on December 2, 2022
Based on the findings of this study, 116,000 deaths due to COVID-19 could possibly have been avoided with vitamin D supplementation alone
- A new publication by Gibbons et al. showed a 20-28% reduction in COVID-19 infection rate and a 33% reduction in COVID-19 mortality rate among those supplementing with vitamin D
- Risk was lower among those with higher vitamin D levels; the greatest decrease in risk following supplementation was seen among those with a starting vitamin D level of less than 20 ng/ml or 50 nmol/L
- Other nutrients shown to reduce COVID-19 infection and mortality risk include omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and selenium
“It’s up to all of us to publicize the importance of vitamin D!”
Many studies, including a new large-scale study featured in the video below, have consistently demonstrated the effectiveness of vitamin D supplementation in reducing the risk and severity of COVID-19 and other viral infections. Today, we feature this new video by John Campbell, PhD, as he reviews the study and provides additional details about where vitamin D research and implementation stands, even after seeing conclusions such as one based on the findings this study, that 116,000 deaths due to COVID-19 could possibly have been avoided with vitamin D supplementation alone.
Watch the video and make note of the key points and added details below.
“Vitamin D, Safe and effective”
Video Key Points
A new publication by Gibbons et al. showed a 20-28% reduction in COVID-19 infection rate and a 33% reduction in COVID-19 mortality rate among those supplementing with vitamin D
Dose-specific responses were observed, where those on a higher dose obtained greater benefits
Risk was lower among those with higher vitamin D levels; the greatest decrease in risk following supplementation was seen among those with a starting vitamin D level of less than 20 ng/ml or 50 nmol/L
The authors state that Vitamin D deficiency
- is associated with reduced immune function
- can lead to viral infection
- is associated with an increased risk of COVID-19
Deficiency and insufficiency affects approximately half of the US population (closer to 90% of the population when considering anything below 40 ng/ml or 100 nmol/L as insufficient)
“As a safe, widely available, and affordable treatment, Vitamin D may help to reduce the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
It is important to get vitamin D levels checked – it may be difficult for some to get their doctors to test, making home vitamin D testing a convenient way to find out
It is especially important to take vitamin D during the winter, when vitamin D levels tend to drop due to less exposure to UVB from sunshine
Learn more about other key topics presented in this video
What is your risk of having vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency? Take the Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Assessment Quiz here and receive a $5 off coupon for your home vitamin D test kit.
Other Nutrients Shown to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19
- Magnesium may help manage the effects of COVID-19 disease during and after infection through its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune regulating actions
- Omega-3 supplementation in patients with COVID-19 improved the chances of survival by 7 times
- Selenium status may affect COVID-19 outcomes, as demonstrated in this study
Measure your status of all of the above along with your vitamin D! Create your custom kit to include the Omega-3 Index (with or without additional ratios), and add Magnesium PLUS Elements to include selenium, zinc, copper, and others, along with your vitamin D.
Your Nutrient Status is an Easily Modifiable Factor to Help Improve Disease Outcomes – Check Your Levels Today
Having and maintaining healthy vitamin D levels and other nutrient levels can help improve your health now and for your future. Choose which to measure, such as your vitamin D, omega-3s, and essential minerals including magnesium and zinc, by creating your custom home test kit today. Take steps to improve the status of each of these measurements to benefit your overall health. You can also track your own intakes, symptoms and results to see what works best for YOU.
Enroll and test your levels today, learn what steps to take to improve your status of vitamin D (see below) and other nutrients and blood markers, and take action! By enrolling in the GrassrootsHealth projects, you are not only contributing valuable information to everyone, you are also gaining knowledge about how you could improve your own health through measuring and tracking your nutrient status, and educating yourself on how to improve it.
How Can You Use this Information for YOUR Health?
Having and maintaining healthy vitamin D and other nutrient levels can help improve your health now and for your future. Measuring is the only way to make sure you are getting enough!
STEP 1 Order your at-home blood spot test kit to measure vitamin D and other nutrients of concern to you, such as omega-3s, magnesium, essential and toxic elements (zinc, copper, selenium, lead, cadmium, mercury); include hsCRP as a marker of inflammation or HbA1c for blood sugar health
STEP 2 Answer the online questionnaire as part of the GrassrootsHealth study
STEP 3 Using our educational materials and tools (such as our dose calculators), assess your results to determine if you are in your desired target range or if actions should be taken to get there
STEP 4 After 3-6 months of implementing your changes, re-test to see if you have achieved your target level(s)