Making a N.E.W. S.T.A.R.T. in 2020
HEALING BENEFITS of Vitamin D-
…The Sunshine Vitamin
In making a NEW START in Life which the three consecutive Super New Moons of 2020 promote, Sunshine is on the 4th rung of our Pyramid of Good Health and Longevity after learning to eat well (Nutrition), Exercise and taking adequate amounts of Water daily. The Sunshine Vitamin, also known as Vitamin D, is increasingly becoming a hot topic when it comes to health. Our body produces this vitamin as a response to sun exposure, hence its nickname, Sunshine Vitamin.
Health Benefits of Vitamin D
Naturopaths the world over agree that nutrition is critical for healthy function of the immune system. Micronutrient deficiencies have been the major contributing factor to compromised immunity. Having enough of Vitamin D as well as other key nutrients in your system is essential for various reasons, for example:
- – Vitamin D can boost your production of white blood cells, which in turn boost your immune system. According to a 2010 study, Vitamin D reduces the chances of getting the flu because it boosts the production of white blood cells (WBC).
White blood cells (WBCs), also called leukocytes or leucocytes, are the cells of the immune system that are involved in protecting the body against both infectious diseases and foreign invaders.
- -Another study found that Vitamin D also help prevent several types of autoimmune diseases. This is due to the vitamin’s regulating properties which regulate the immunological functions affected by inflammation.
- – Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium, magnesium, and iron better hence it preserves the health status of your blood, bones and teeth.
Vitamin D Protect Against COVID-19
– Vitamin D helps with cardiovascular function. In 2008 researchers revealed those who have low Vitamin D levels are at risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, heart failure and other diseases involving the arteries.
- – Vitamin D keeps diabetes and insulin levels under control. People usually link diabetes to poor diet and exercise. However, a study suggests that a lack of sunshine or Vitamin D could be a factor. A deficiency in Vitamin D leads to inflammation, which in turn negatively impacts insulin secretion and glucose levels. Therefore, making it challenging to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
- -Besides helping us when we’re physically ill, Vitamin D also aids us when it comes to regulating our moods especially in depression. Researchers found that people with depression who receive a boost in Vitamin D noticed an improvement in their symptoms.
- -In another study about fibromyalgia, researchers found Vitamin D deficiency was more common in those who were also experiencing anxiety and depression.
- -Not only that, in the winter months, many people tend to experience seasonal affective disorder and depression. That’s because the cold and cloudy weather affects your natural Vitamin D intake.
- -A boost to your Vitamin D levels could also help in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Researchers found that Vitamin D has an appetite-suppressing effect on the human body.
But what is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is sometimes called the “Sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3. Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it’s directly exposed to sunlight. You can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood.
In reality, Vitamin D isn’t a vitamin but more of a natural hormone, a prohormone to be exact. It’s similar to estrogen, cholesterol, and testosterone, which means that your body can create Vitamin D when sunlight hits your skin. This conversion is called Vitamin D3.
Micronutrients work together in teams in the body. Rather like a sports team, all members of a micronutrient team have to be present in order for one to function properly. If some members are missing, the team’s performance will be negatively affected.
Vitamin D has several important functions listed above. Perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, iron and magnesium. Thus it works well with calcium, magnesium, and iron and facilitates normal blood and immune system function.
Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency include:
Studies have found that low levels of Vitamin D play a role in many major diseases, including but not limited to:
• Getting sick or infected more often
• Osteopenia (bone pains)
• High-blood pressure
• Weight gain
• Bone and joint pain
• Mood swings
The most common signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency include:
• Multiple bone fractures
• Increased risk of various cancer
• Neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer and Dementia
Vitamin D Sources: Sunlight, Food, and Tanning
After studying the health records of 1,970 men aged between 40 and 79 years old, scientists found that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a negative impact on general health and that it is predictive of a higher risk of death. These findings are consistent with Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine concept, which over the past two decades has firmly established that deficiencies of vitamins and other essential micronutrients are the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases. If you’re diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency, your doctor will likely recommend you take daily vitamin D supplements. If you have a severe deficiency, they may also recommend high-dose vitamin D tablets or liquids. You should also make sure to get vitamin D through sunlight and the foods you eat.
Few foods contain vitamin D naturally. Because of this, some foods are fortified. This means that vitamin D has been added. Foods that contain vitamin D include:
- egg yolk
- milk (fortified)
- cereal (fortified)
- yogurt (fortified)
- orange juice (fortified)
It can be hard to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking vitamin D supplements can help.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reports new recommendations based on international units (IUs) per day. IUs are a standard type of measurement for drugs and vitamins. IUs help experts determine recommended dose, toxicity, and deficiency levels for each person. One IU is not the same for each type of vitamin. An IU is determined by how much of a substance produces an effect in your body.
The recommended IUs for vitamin D are:
- children and teens: 600 IU
- adults up to age 70: 600 IU
- adults over age 70: 800 IU
- pregnant or breastfeeding women: 600 IU
SOME CAUSES OF DEFICIENCY
Many factors can affect your ability to get sufficient amounts of vitamin D through the sun alone. These factors include:
- Having darker skin. (The higher the levels of melanin, the less vitamin D the skin can absorb.)
- Being in an area with high pollution
- Using sunscreen
- Spending more time indoors
- Living in big cities where high-rise buildings block sunlight
These factors contribute to vitamin D deficiency in an increasing number of people. That’s why it’s important to get some of your vitamin D from sources besides sunlight.
News of Vitamin Therapy Research for COVID-19 is being actively suppressed
Anyone saying that vitamin therapy can stop coronavirus is already being labeled as “promoting false information” and promulgating “fake news” in the Western press. Even the sharing of verifiable news, and direct quotes from credentialed medical professionals, is being restricted or blocked on social media. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) has, literally, met with Google and Facebook and other media giants to stop the spread of what they declare to be wrong information. https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/02/14/facebook-google-amazon-met-with-who-to-talk-coronavirus-misinformation.html?__twitter_impression=true
Backed by considerable scientific data, it is known that vitamins C and D may potentially play an important role in preventing or ameliorating the multi-system consequences of COVID-19 infections.
- A lack of vitamin C has been long known to increase susceptibility to viruses, and a few studies have shown that vitamin C deficiency is related to the increased risk and severity of influenza infections.
- Vitamin C and COVID-19 Coronavirus Try taking Time-release Vitamin C 2-3 times a day as a preventative. If you do catch a virus – much more vitamin C is needed.
- Chinese-medical-team-report-successful-treatment-of-coronavirus-patients-with-high-dose-vitamin-c. https://www.dr-rath-foundation.org/2020/03/.
- Other research institutes such as the Mayo Clinic in the US found that people who had a vitamin D deficiency were more likely to test positive for Covid-19. Research has observed high rates of vitamin D deficiency in people with COVID-19 who experienced acute respiratory failure. These people had a significantly higher risk of dying. www.mayoclinic.org › expert-answers › faq-20493088
The UK government reassessed in June 2020 its stance on the use of vitamin D in addressing coronavirus after the country’s health secretary incorrectly said a study had concluded it to be ineffective. From <https://www.nutraingredients.com/Article/2020/10/02/UK-government-to-revise-vitamin-D-use-for-coronavirus#>
Also the US NIH prescribe vitamin D supplementation in one detailed review of the Vitamin D and influenza and COVID-19.3 “To reduce the risk of infection, it is recommended that people at risk of influenza and/or COVID-19 consider taking 10,000 IU/day of vitamin D3 for a few weeks to rapidly raise vitamin D concentrations, followed by 5000 IU/day.” <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7301098/>
Medical orthodoxy obsessively focuses on searching for a vaccine and/or drug for the Coronavirus COVID-19. While they are looking for what would be fabulously profitable approaches, researchers and complementary medicine practitioners have been unveiling existing, plausible, clinically demonstrated method to treat what coronavirus patients die from: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), or pneumonia as well as its concomitants. The hysteria being drummed up at the outbreak of COVID-19 follows a well-worn pattern where the population is kept in a state of fear about microbes so that drug companies can come to the rescue with yet another expensive (and potentially mandatory) drug or vaccine.
Physicians of Natural Medicine the world over, such as the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine and Dr. Rath Research Foundation urge a nutrient-based method to prevent or minimize symptoms for bacterial and viral infections. The following inexpensive supplemental levels are recommended for adults to keep the immune system in shape; for children reduce these in proportion to body weight.
Vitamin C: 3,000 milligrams (or more) daily, in divided doses.
Vitamin D3: 2,000 International Units daily. (Start with 5,000 IU/day for two weeks, then reduce to 2,000)
Magnesium: 400 mg daily (in citrate, malate, chelate, or chloride form)
Zinc: 20 mg daily
Selenium: 100 mcg (micrograms) daily
LAST WORD: What Black People Need to Know About Vitamin D and Covid-19.
Black people are more likely to suffer from severe Covid-19 and Research reveal they commonly have lower levels of vitamin D.
There is evidence that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people have a higher risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. The UK Department of Health and Social Care recommends that if you are BAME, you should take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D throughout the year if you:
- are not often outdoors – for example, if you’re frail or housebound
- are in an institution like a care home
- usually wear clothes that cover up most of your skin when outdoors
If you have dark skin – for example you have an African, African-Caribbean or south Asian background – you may also not get enough vitamin D from sunlight. You should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D throughout the year. People with dark skin may also not be getting enough, even if they spend time outdoors, and should consider an all-year-round supplement. There is evidence that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people have a higher risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus.
Vitamin D doesn’t act like a typical vitamin, it’s actually a prohormone to be exact. It’s similar to estrogen, cholesterol, and testosterone. It’s an essential nutrient, which means the human body needs it but can’t make it on its own. While some foods such as salmon and dairy contain (or are fortified with) vitamin D, human beings get most of their vitamin D from the sun, through a chemical reaction in the skin that produces vitamin D. Black people have higher amounts of melanin in their skin than those with lighter skin tones, and melanin naturally provides some protection from the sun, but it also reduces the skin’s ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. What’s more, many Black people are lactose intolerant, so their diet often lacks dairy fortified with vitamin D, leaving them with lower than average levels in their system.
Extensive research reveals that a lot of people who have died of Covid-19 were low in vitamin D. One preliminary study from Northwestern University found a link between severe vitamin D deficiency and higher mortality rates. It is now known and confirmed that Black people are more likely to have low vitamin D levels and more likely to die from the ravages of Covid-19. According to a study conducted by the Cooper Institute, nearly 76% of African American adults are vitamin D deficient. And while it’s true that Black people commonly have lower levels of vitamin D, some studies suggest that commonly used tests might over diagnose vitamin D deficiency in Black people. The theory is that low levels of vitamin D impair the development and production of white blood cells that eat invading pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. Low vitamin D levels are also associated with immune system-related dysfunction.
This is where vitamin D becomes relevant when thinking about Black people’s health in the current pandemic. “It’s thought that people who have vitamin D deficiency can’t fight off infection as strongly and have a weakened immune response, so it makes sense that they will have a higher instance of infection,” says one researcher from the US NCBI.
According to a recent study, Black people are 3.57 times more likely to die from Covid-19 complications, and CDC research found that one in three people who became sick enough to require hospitalization from Covid-19 were African American.
It must be said: While vitamin D may help with immune health and could reduce the severity of some infectious diseases, taking vitamin D supplements alone is not a cure and will not prevent Covid-19 in Black people. Poor access to health care, little accessibility to healthy foods, less ability to work from home, and pay inequality all lead to Black people being at a higher risk for chronic diseases, which lead to a higher Covid-19 morbidity. Vitamin D is only one part of the puzzles of Covid-19.