A recent study has shown that Vitamin D could lessen the impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on patients, The National reported.
In the research conducted by experts at Boston University School of Medicine in September, which studied the blood samples of 235 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, it showed that those with sufficient vitamin D levels had a lower risk of severe effects of the virus—such as being unconscious and having the body starved for oxygen.
The researchers also learned that these patients had lower blood levels of an inflammatory marker, as well as higher blood levels of the immune cell that contributes to fighting infection.
“This study provides direct evidence that vitamin D sufficiency can reduce the complications and ultimately death from COVID-19,” The National quoted study lead author and expert Michael F. Holick as saying.
Experts added that people can get sufficient vitamin D from 15 to 30 minutes of early morning sun exposure—preferably between 10 AM and 3 PM. The National added in its report that in the study of Dubai Health Authority in 2017, it showed that up to 90 percent of residents are deficient in this vitamin.