Research is showing that Vitamin D levels (60 – 80 ng/ml) on blood testing are ideal for health and disease prevention including COVID.
Another research study showed that those suffering with low Vitamin D (20 – 30 ng/ml) had a 700% increased risk of COVID death compared to those above 30 ng/ml.
A dangerously low Vitamin D (below 20 ng/ml) was linked to a 1200% increased risk of COVID death compared to those above 30 ng/ml.
Those with the highest Vitamin D levels had the mildest COVID illness
Those with the lowest Vitamin D had the most severe COVID illness and deaths.
The racial disparities with COVID deaths appear related, in part, to the fact that our Vitamin D levels correlate to our skin color. The darker our skin, the harder it is to make Vitamin D from sun exposure. Sadly, 40% of the COVID deaths in Detroit, Michigan are in the black community who make up only 14% of the total population.
To learn more, watch the excellent interview by Dr. Joe Mercola of 3 top researchers with expertise in Vitamin D and immune function. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/05/31/vitamin-d-combats-viral-infections-boosts-immune-system.aspx
This problem is not always solved by just taking Vitamin D. Get an inexpensive blood test for 25-OH Vitamin D3 so that you know your starting point. Then add Vitamin K2-D3 combined at the dose that makes sense based on your blood test. Retest in 8 weeks to make sure it is working for your unique system. When Vitamin D levels are dangerously low (less than 20 ng/ml) I typically recommend (for a 150 pound adult) 2/meal or 6/day of the Vitamin K2-D3 supplement I recommend. Each capsule contains 180 mcg of Vitamin K2 (MK-7 version) combined with 5,000 IU of Vitamin D. Retesting at 8 weeks is essential to avoid the dangers of staying too low on Vitamin D, or the hazards of going too high.
Reference: William B. Grant 1,* , Henry Lahore 2 , Sharon L. McDonnell 3 , Carole A. Baggerly 3 , Christine B. French 3 , Jennifer L. Aliano 3 and Harjit P. Bhattoa et. Al. Evidence that Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infections and Deaths. Nutrients April 2020
Written by: Dr. Timothy Gerhart, D.C., D.A.B.C.I., Dipl, local doctor and lecturer. Published author of 5 books including the newest: “Creating an Invincible Immune System-Empowering You to Stay Well in Challenging Times” due out this month. For more information: https://brainwellnessaz.com or call 623-776-0206.