HealthDay Reports: Healthy Vitamin D Levels Could Be Linked to COVID-19 Survival
Two new studies suggest a link between the "sunshine vitamin" — which helps immunity — and COVID-19 survival.
Healthy Vitamin D Levels Could Be Linked to COVID-19 Survival
FRIDAY, May 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There's been much speculation about whether vitamin D might prevent or help survival with COVID-19, and two new studies appear to underscore the link.
In the first study -- published in the journal Aging Clinical and Experimental Research -- British researchers found that COVID-19 infections and deaths were higher in countries where people had low vitamin D levels, such as Italy and Spain, compared to northern European countries where average vitamin D levels were higher.
The researchers explained that people in southern Europe may have darker pigmentation, which reduces vitamin D synthesis, while people in northern European countries consume more cod liver oil and vitamin D supplements.