As we face an alarming new surge of infections, one thing’s becoming clear as day when it comes to the coronavirus.
If you’re not sick… don’t have this virus… and you’re hoping to keep healthy for as long as possible… then the actions you take TODAY could have the biggest impact on what happens TOMORROW.
And I’m not just talking about wearing a mask and keeping your social distance. Sure, those remain critical common-sense steps to help protect yourself and those you love.
But the mounting evidence suggests there’s one more vital move that everyone should likely take right now before an infection strikes.
If the growing stack of studies turns out to be correct, this single action could help better arm your immune system. And that could mean your body has a better chance of withstanding any wintertime assaults coming your way, from the ordinary flu to the coronavirus.
In fact, the science is becoming so convincing that the British government is right now considering giving it out for free to EVERY citizen.
The nutrient that could help FIGHT COVID-19
Here at Healthier Talk, we’ve been sounding the alarm about low D levels for years. But it’s not exactly a state secret at this point. Just about every single one of us needs more vitamin D… in some cases desperately.
Studies show that 95 percent of all American adults now fall short of the optimal levels recommended by the highly respected Linus Pauling Institute. And seniors are particularly vulnerable.
A growing number of people are taking vitamin D supplements. If YOU are among them, congratulations. You’re on the right track.
If you’re NOT, it’s probably time to get to work boosting your own intake. Because the latest research suggests that higher levels of vitamin D may be able to help you reduce your risk for catching the coronavirus. Plus, healthy levels appear to boost your odds of surviving COVID-19.
But there’s a HUGE catch. It doesn’t seem to help to boost vitamin D AFTER you’re infected.
MOST folks need MORE vitamin D
Now we can’t say for SURE yet that vitamin D will help protect you against the coronavirus. Because it may FEEL like we’ve been dealing with COVID-19 for decades now. But the truth is we haven’t even been doing battle for a year yet. And that means there’s a lot we still don’t know about this disease.
However, all signs so far… including another new study… are pointing towards the vitamin being a vital tool for fighting off this killer infection.
In the new study, older patients who don’t typically take vitamin D supplements were given an 80,000 IU “megadose” within hours of a coronavirus diagnosis. But unfortunately, they didn’t have better outcomes, according to the experimental study in the journal Nutrients.
But folks who had been taking vitamin D regularly BEFORE they were sick and BEFORE they entered the hospital had improvements in two of the most important measures:
- BETTER survival
- LESS SEVERE infection
Now, we need a clinical trial to see if this holds true across the board for all seniors and others infected with COVID-19. But, as I mentioned, the evidence has been mounting for some time.
Research in spring from Northwestern University, for example, found that people with the lowest D levels have the highest risk of the most severe complications of the virus. That same study also found that healthy D levels cut the risk of the most severe infection by 15 percent and slashed the risk of death in half.
The British government is currently mulling over giving these supplements to everyone as they face a mounting wave of new infections. But my advice? Don’t mull.
With or without the coronavirus, most people NEED more vitamin D. That’s especially true as we head into winter when less sun exposure means levels drop even further.
There’s no reason not to boost your own. Most seniors need a minimum of 2,000 IU per day, but some may need double that or more. Your doc can help you sort out what amount is best for you.