COVID-19 is one our worst nightmares of this decade. Vitamin D might have a positive impact on your body as well as your brain. Dr. Michael J. Stephen, a critical care pulmonologist, cared and treated many COVID-19 patients while carefully protecting himself as best as he could. Well, he developed COVID-19. Out of wonderment, because of his excellent health, he was stunned. How could this be? But the worse part of it all was that he felt he was losing his mind. He felt like his brain was on fire, doing and saying things that he was unaware of. Reports are showing that four-fifths of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 have developed neurological symptoms and studies have found that at least half of those recovering from COVID-19 continue to suffer from neurological symptoms sometimes for months afterward. Brain scans show structural and functional changes to the brain. Right now, there aren’t any answers why, but the medical community is trying to figure it out. The researchers were surprised to find that neurologic manifestations as a whole were more likely to occur in younger people, although encephalopathy were more often found in the elderly. It’s a complicated matter on how the virus attacks and inflicts damage to the brain cells by sucking up precious oxygen from surrounding brain cells, therefore starving them. Read this article from
AARP December 2020/January 2021 Magazine…COVID and the Brain.
How can we defeat the severity of COVID-19? Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the pioneer of the aerobic health movement has done studies on vitamin D levels and immunity. It’s effect on the regulation of the immune system, acts as an anti-inflammatory lowering heart disease, cancer rates, lowering rates of Alzheimer’s, dementia, as well as Parkinson’s and cancer. Dr. Cooper states “that most everyone can safely and inexpensively take vitamin D supplements as a preventive health measure”. He consistently monitors some 4,500 Cooper Clinic patients since last spring for coronavirus antibodies and antigens. Those with higher vitamin D levels seem to have much lower rates of coronavirus antibodies. (He recommends at least 2,000 IU daily…I personally take 5,000 IU daily) It is recommended to get blood labs done to check your levels. Functional ranges should be between 55-80ng/ml. The research shows that those with lower vitamin D levels are at a 77% increased risk for COVID-19. Cooper states “85% of people with color have vitamin D levels in low teens and single digits unless they are taking supplements”.
Dr. Cooper’s article in Decision Magazine January 2021.
Two forms of Vitamin D and how they effect the body are:
Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is synthesized by plants and is typically found in mushrooms, fortified foods, and vegan dietary supplements. This form is not produced in people and breaks down into metabolites foreign to the human body.
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is the form naturally found in people and animals, formed by exposure of the skin to sunshine containing sufficient intensity of UV-B rays.
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