Importance of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential to build healthy teeth and bones. Vitamin D also plays a critical role in the reduction of inflammation and reduces inflammatory responses, especially in many diseases, for example:
- lung/bronchiole infections
- inflammatory bowel syndrome/ colitis
- liver and kidney
In these diseases, Vitamin D availability or presence tends to be lower. The proper level is essential to be maintained through diet and medication. Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to decrease inflammatory biomarkers in healthy and diseased populations.
Understand, inflammation is a normal response in the body, whether it is fighting an infection or breaking down energy. Your body learns to respond and regulate it appropriately. Without the ability to be controlled, more significant amounts of inflammation occur, which becomes a more severe threat. Being deficient in vitamin D is where problems can start.
How Vitamin D Works
Vitamin D Needs Magnesium.
Magnesium activates vitamin D. According to a review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Vitamin D cannot be absorbed without adequate levels of magnesium.
Calcium Needs Vitamin D
Vitamin D regulates calcium absorption. Without vitamin D, calcium will not be absorbed, and, when needed, calcium will be extracted from the bone. Also, low absorption leads to free-floating calcium in the blood which causes plaque to build in the arteries and bone to calcify.
Calcium And Magnesium Directly Affect Each Other’s Absorption
When calcium intake is high, it decreases magnesium absorption. And, likewise vice-versa, high magnesium affects calcium absorption. That is why it is essential to balance the ratio to 1:1.
Calcium and vitamin D depends on magnesium for proper absorption. You have to understand that vitamins and minerals function like locks and keys. They open the door to enter cells, to be absorbed and support and activate their function.
Vitamin D and Covid-19
Vitamin D is not the cure for Covid-19, especially with comorbidity. If it were that easy to prescribe vitamin D for Covid-19, there would be fewer fatalities and less symptomology. However, there is a more significant problem with comorbidity than just vitamin D deficiency that creates vulnerability. Think of structure and function. If the structure is not constructed correctly, it will not function well. Normal levels of vitamin D can help stabilize and reduce the inflammatory effects caused by Covid-19. But, people with comorbidity issues have more of a structural problem that is dysfunctional to control inflammation.
When the body cannot control inflammation, it proliferates and turns into something called a cytokine storm. A cytokine storm causes a hyperactive inflammation response. The inflammation response tends to be fast and severe which the body cannot control. This seems to be the effect Covid-19 has on people with comorbidity. The proliferation is so quick and unable to be controlled that it diminishes health quickly.
So, suppose you have a deficiency in vitamin D. In that case, it is more about the body’s ability or inability to control the inflammatory response, especially created by Covid-19.
Having A Sufficient Level Of Vitamin D Can Help
Your body does not make vitamin D. You have to get it from the sun, food, and supplements. So, it’s important to maintain the proper level. Overdosing on vitamin D will not help reduce inflammation. It can have an adverse effect, actually inducing an inflammation response in your body. Therefore, always maintain the level and don’t go above and beyond it.
Many studies say that vitamin D plays an essential role in controlling the immune and inflammatory response to viruses and diseases. However, vitamin D supplementation and Covid-19 require further evaluation, especially with comorbidity. Make sure you are getting enough vitamin D to have an appropriate, effective, and efficient response to pathogens like Covid-19, diseased or not.
A Better Health/Covid-19 Concoction
Why is it better? Remember, to optimize and maximize the effectiveness of vitamin D you need magnesium. Magnesium is also excellent to support and strengthen the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems and treat inflammation.
This new concoction is Vitamin D, magnesium, and B12. In one experiment, they gave patients with Covid-19 vitamin D3, magnesium, and vitamin B12. Vitamin D protects respiratory function and controls inflammation. Magnesium activates vitamin D. And, B12 helps improve the good flora bacteria in the small intestines for an effective immune system function. There results and findings were very good and had the potential to offer a better preventative concoction for the general and comorbid populations to control and regulate inflammation more effectively.