It’s getting scary out there. Coronavirus cases are on the rise, and experts advise us to hunker down and prepare for a difficult winter.
But when you know where to look, there ARE some bright spots in the fight against COVID-19. For example, scientists continue to make discovery after discovery about this infection, including how it spreads and how it moves through the body once you have it.
Even more importantly, we’re getting better at treating more severe cases of the disease with each passing day. This means that while battling a tough case of the virus is still something to take VERY seriously, more people survive their battle with this killer disease.
And now researchers say they may have uncovered one more piece of the coronavirus puzzle. One that could potentially play a key role in battling some of the worst complications of the infection.
And best of all? It’s not an expensive, rare Big Pharma drug. It’s an easy-to-find, common nutrient.
Researchers say low levels of this “blood clot” vitamin could contribute to common complications seen in more severe cases of COVID-19.
Common vitamin providing new hope against coronavirus
The number of coronavirus cases is breaking records as the THIRD WAVE hits. Last week the U.S. topped 100,000 new infections in a single day for the first time.
And tragically, despite getting better at treating the infection, the death count is still back up over 1,000 a day on most days. Hospitals in some areas are worried they’ll reach capacity.
People are understandably scared to go out again. They’re afraid they’ll get sick or that they’ll bring the virus home and infect a vulnerable loved one.
But the latest research could eventually help ease some of that fear. Because scientists believe they may have found a “missing link” when it comes to treating the coronavirus infection.
And it’s vitamin K.
Could vitamin K be the “missing link” against COVID-19?
Experts say this common nutrient could activate proteins that help protect lungs from damage and the proteins in blood vessels that can help head off blood clots. Both of which, of course, are notorious coronavirus complications.
You see, your body may have plenty of K to help provide protection for your lungs. Or your levels of the vitamin could be high enough to help handle a potential blood clot.
But in some cases, if you have BOTH coronavirus complications, all bets could be off. Your body then has to make tough choices about what resources to use and where.
The researchers theorize that raising vitamin K levels might give your body enough support to take on these multiple problems at once. That way, it never has to make that call. Which is why some are calling it the “missing link” in the fight against the infection.
That call might be a bit premature. After all, this is still emerging research. But a study this summer DID find that patients with lower K levels do worse with this infection. Which means this isn’t the first hint we’ve had that this vitamin is playing an important role here.
Obviously, if you contract the coronavirus, you need to go along with whatever urgent care your doctor recommends. But if you’re blessedly HEALTHY right now, there’s no reason not to boost your K levels to avoid any deficiencies.
After all, there are plenty of other reasons to maintain healthy vitamin K. For example, it’s essential for strong bones and healthy blood vessels. (Click here to discover how you can get “strong as steel” bones and whistle clean arteries with vitamin K.)
There is a catch. There are two forms of the vitamin. The K2 form is far more beneficial but much tougher to get from the diet, so talk with your doctor about the benefits of taking a supplement if you’re interested.
And one more very important note. Vitamin K doesn’t mix well with blood thinners, so be sure to talk to your doc BEFORE taking it.