Vitamin D Reduces COVID-19 Mortality Rates
What are your vitamin D levels? This number might be one of the most important ones for you to know right now. Vitamin D (active form Vitamin D3) is backed by numerous clinical studies demonstrating its importance in protecting against respiratory infections. New studies are now emerging that provide evidence that low levels of vitamin D increase risk of COVID-19 infection, complication and death.
The fact that elevated levels of vitamin D provide better outcomes is evident in 22 clinical studies. Recent research concluded that optimizing vitamin D levels reduced the fatality rate of COVID-19. The addition of K2 and magnesium prevent long-term health risk. The findings also point to the fact that the majority of Americans are vitamin D deficient.
A new study from Spain is now further emphasizing the importance of vitamin D in COVID-19 progression. In the study involving 200 COVID-19 hospitalized patients, over 80% had a vitamin D deficiency. Interestingly, only 2% of those given vitamin D ended up in the intensive care unit (ICU) compared to over 50% that did not receive vitamin D.
What does this mean? It’s more evidence that supports vitamin D supplementation to support immune function. Vitamin D acts like a hormone in the body and helps regulate the immune system and provide additional protection.
In the study, participants with vitamin D levels below 20 ng/ml resulted in nearly a 100% mortality rate. Increasing levels to just 34 ng/ml showed a 0% mortality rate. Although optimal levels of vitamin D are between 50-70 ng/ml, the fact that no one died in the study at a level above 34 ng/ml is compelling and speaks to the role of vitamin D and immune system support.
Vitamin D3 supplementation also requires additional vitamin K2 intake as these fat-soluble vitamins work together. K2 helps drive calcium to the right places—bones and teeth—and away from tissues, organs and arteries where it can calcify and cause issues, such as atherosclerosis.
Netherland scientists have recently looked further into K2’s role in combating Coronavirus. They’ve found that those deficient in vitamin K have had more serious outcomes. It’s even now speculated that supplementing with vitamin K2 could be an important piece of the prevention puzzle.
This new study, however, is now pointing to vitamin K deficiency and its link to more severe COVID-19 outcomes, particularly those with co-morbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, pulmonary disease and hypertension, which are already associated with low vitamin K levels.
Low vitamin K levels can cause tissue fibers to breakdown, which is a symptom of pulmonary disease. It’s been evidenced that patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms are utilizing bodily stores of vitamin K to help protect and repair damaged fibers in the lungs.
It is important to note the synergy that exists with vitamins and minerals. One requires the other. A deficiency in one area may affect another. Magnesium is an essential mineral required for vitamin D’s absorption. Without optimal levels of magnesium in the body, vitamin D may not be easily absorbed and may result in a magnified magnesium deficiency, which reduces immune function and results in a multitude of other unpleasant symptoms.
Our Vegan D3+K2 provides 3-IN-1-SUPPORT! We formulated vegan Vitamin D3 along with two essential forms of K2 (MK-4 + MK-7).
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, while Vitamin K2 helps the body ensure that calcium is properly utilized (i.e., that it is ending up in the bones and not in the heart and blood vessels). Vitamin K2 keeps calcium in bones and teeth and out of soft tissues.
MenaQ7® (MK-7) in the ONLY PURE and BIOACTIVE ‘TRANS’ form. Most supplements contain a blend of TRANS and CIS forms. CIS MK-7 is not nature-identical (a form not found in nature) and is therefore limited in activity and benefit. MK-4 is produced from a product called Gerinol, which is from the geranium flower. Our MK-4 product is very high quality and is all trans make up.
Our Vegan ADK provides the same vegan D3 and MK-4 and MK-7 in our Vegan D3+K2 PLUS the addition of "micellized" vitamin A ((palmitate and betacarotene) to increase its absorption rate. Vitamin A is important to immune function.
Don’t forget to supplement with magnesium! Vitamin D requires magnesium for its own absorption. Men require approximately 400 mg of magnesium a day; women need about 250-300 mg a day. But not all forms of magnesium are the same--be sure you choose a bioavailable form!
Our Optimum Magnesium contains two bioavailable forms of magnesium--magnesium glycinate and magnesium malate.
Our bodies have the innate capacity to heal themselves when given the proper food, nutrients and conditions. Nature provides us with the support we need to strengthen our immune systems and regain our health.