Vitamins D as an Important and Cost Effective Defense Against Disease
Vitamin D is a versatile nutrient that is long well known to help with calcium absorption, but with time it has become apparent that it plays a role in everything from fighting inflammation, to immune system function, and autoimmune activity. It is also the least expensive supplement offered in our recommended arsenal of nutrition products. The research that backs the importance of supplementing with a daily dose of approximately 5000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 is astonishing!
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, acute respiratory tract infections had been cited as a major cause of global morbidity and mortality. It is responsible for 10% of ambulatory and emergency department visits in the USA. (Grijalva CG, Nuorti JP, Griffin MR. JAMA2009;356:758-66). Observational studies report independent associations involving low serum concentrations of major circulating vitamin D metabolite and receptiveness to acute respiratory tract infections. (Olliver M, Spelmink L, Hiew J, Meyer-Hoffert U, Henriques-Normark B, Bergman P. JInfect Dis2013;356:1474-81).
Presently, we also know one of the major underlying symptoms of the COVID-19 virus that requires individuals to go into emergency care, is an upper respiratory infection. This tells us that if we want to do everything we can to either avoid or keep our infection from worsening, we need to make certain we have adequate levels of Vitamin D. Ask one of our doctors about dosage changes during the symptomatic phase of a seasonal cold or virus outbreak! It is also good practice to have your blood levels checked with a routine test that can be easily ordered by your primary health care doctor. Dr. Boyd at Symmetry Health Center can also do a consultation to review if you are a candidate for our SpectraCell Micronutrient Test!
Use of vitamin d in the body
Vitamin D should not just be a supplement we lean into during these stressful times, but a habit and daily supplement that we continue to take throughout the rest of our lives. It is one of the most important defenses for cancer prevention and other daunting health conditions.
As part of Symmetry Health Center’s recommended supplement protocol consider adding Vitamin D to your daily routine so that you can continue to thrive and promote maximum health and wellness no matter what comes our way!
Additionally, please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or if you’re concerned about contraindications or daily dosage. 510-769-0125 or 510-654-2207