Over recent months, the role of vitamin D in relation to prevention of COVID-19 has been the subject of intense debate. This is because, during the pandemic, orders to stay at home meant individuals were likely to spend less time outdoor and have less opportunity to draw vitamin D directly from sunlight, which is its main source other than a limited number of foods as a dietary supplement.
Levels of vitamin D are likely to decline . In view of this, six(6) medical societies across the globe; ECTS, NOF, IOF, ASBMR, ES and AACE have joined forces emphasizing the importance of individuals obtaining the daily recommended dose of vitamin D especially given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on outdoor time.
They recommend that, most older and younger adults can safely take 400-1000IU daily supplements ( available in the form of capsules, tablets and liquids). One of its important role among others is to trigger the body’s immune cells to produce antibodies therefore, it promotes an overall increase in the strength of the immune system. Although we obtain adequate amount of Vitamin D through sunlight exposure, dietary sources such as egg yolks, liver, fatty fish, fortified milk, cereal, soy milk and fortified margarine are also good sources.
However, they acknowledge that, the role of Vitamin D in COVID-19 remains unclear- current data do not provide any evidence that Vitamin D supplementation will help treat COVID-19 infection, but rather play a role in enhancing the immune response against COVID-19
Caution is the parent of safety therefore, endeavor to include food sources of vitamin D in your diet regularly.
List of Abbreviations
ECTS-European Calcified Tissue Society
NOF- National Osteoporosis Foundation
IOF-International Osteoporosis Foundation
ASBMR-American Society of Bone and Mineral Research
AACE-American Association of Clinical Endocrinology