Tuesday, 1 December 2020

More reasons to take Vitamin D....

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."

Since its publication in June we have further direct evidence from Spain of how treatment with the fast acting form of Vitamin D reduces the risk of being admitted from general wards to ICU by 70%.

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.

....Just sayin'....


 


2 comments:

  1. Hi Colin, thanks for this - as you recommended, we've been taking a daily supplement since the get go! I've heard that eating raw garlic has a strong anti-viral effect (among some others, too, no doubt - and some less welcome!), and make the blood an inhospitable place for a virus.... care to comment? xxx

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    1. Thanks - of course garlic will not have been studied as such but has lots of health benefits and a nutritious diet plays such a big part in health. Sadly, its now more important than ever, but staying healthy really does improve the chances. Garlic specifically? It has lots of potential benefits and why not!

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