Vitamin D is important, this is one of the things doctors check from time to time. Here in the UK, a few years ago we even had an official advice to start taking D3 supplements.
And now, whilst scientists of the whole world are searching for a vaccine to this crazy virus and for understanding what’s happening within the human body, any new evidence based discoveries that can help us and our family stay healthy are very welcome!
We know that obesity is a factor in how severe the virus attack might be, according to studies in the USA it’s second to age.
And latest research shows Vitamin D deficiency is a factor as well – specifically in recovery.
Most elders usually are deficient in Vitamin D, I am not going to go into all the reasons here, the point is it something that needs addressing.
What is interesting, and that’s from personal experience and experiences of my clients, is that even healthy and fit 20-40 year olds who supplement with the recommended dose upon checking with tests find they are deficient!
Question is how much D should we be taking or arranging for our family members, we’ve no ways of doing reliable tests right now? From everything I have found online – 400IU to 4000IU is being recommended and considered safe. Depending on the country and the body providing info. Super confusing!
For me based on the recommendation from a specialist plus the tests I’ve done through the year when we had a sunny summer in the UK and I’ve travelled to sunny countries twice in winter – I know that with 1000IU I am still deficient. With 3000IU I am OK on the lower side, whether it’s my age (over 40) or skin (super pale) – I don’t know, but with getting outdoors daily, eating fish regularly and holidays it’s fine.
At the moment walks are there, fish probably, might as well forget sunny holidays. For sure, I am not to start popping endless supplements without knowing how my body is processing them, so for now I am just keeping to 3000IU. It might sound like a lot but initial doctor’s recommendation was 1000IU, not 400, and it didn’t work.
IMPORTANT: to figure out YOUR recommended Vitamin D dose, I suggest contacting your surgery, so they can do tests and advise accordingly. Go by that. Better than nothing surely!
Remember low vitamin D levels are linked to a much greater risk of heart disease, diabetes (types 1 and 2), cancer, depressions, osteoporosis, dementia, and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis.