A short blog this time. Ive written about the usefulness of Vitamin D in the past; not only is it likely to be useful in MS, but also seems, according to this search through the medical databases, it has anti-viral activity and is likely to be useful against Sars-Cov2-19.
The paper, published in June is titled:
Calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D, is a promising candidate for COVID-19 prophylaxis
This is its abstract, or summary:
"COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2020. While awaiting a vaccine, several antivirals are being used to manage the disease with limited success .
To expand this arsenal, we screened 4 compound libraries: a United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug library, an angiotensin converting enzyme-2 (ACE2) targeted compound library, a flavonoid compound library as well as a natural product library.
Of the 121 compounds identified with activity against SARS-CoV-2, 7 were shortlisted for validation. We show for the first time that the active form of Vitamin D, calcitriol, exhibits significant potent activity against SARS-CoV-2. This finding paves the way for consideration of host-directed therapies for ring prophylaxis of contacts of SARS-CoV-2 patients."
With the news understandably focusing on vaccines and further restrictions, its important not to forget the potential of Vitamin D to keep you healthy. Keeping your vitamin D levels at their normal levels in this day and age needs supplements for the vast majority of us. It has never been more important.