The entire world is suffering from the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. However, as of late many researchers are trying to come up with theories that lead to high infections due to COVID-19. Recent research by students from Northwestern University provides a much different view of the cause of Coronavirus. The research states that the amount of Vitamin D is the reason behind the high mortality rate due to COVID-19. This research actually proves a lot of hypotheses.
Because, the patients from other countries like Italy, Spain, and the UK, also report a low amount of Vitamin D in their body. The research available at medRvix, a pre-print medical science journal server, is not yet ready for clinical use.
Scientists warn that a lack of Vitamin D can exacerbate the risk of coronavirus.
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How does Vitamin D affect Coronavirus patients
The analyzed data shows that a low amount of Vitamin D is the main reason for a high amount of “cytokine storm” in the body. Normally when any foreign particle enters your body, the defense system starts releasing cytokines. These cytokines start fighting with the microorganisms which in turn results in local inflammation of the body. These cytokine storms normally occur in your lungs, in case of Coronavirus infection.
The research does not show that high amounts of Vitamin D will keep you safe from Coronavirus. But it clearly states that a low amount will result in death if you contract COVID-19 somehow. The research does not encourage people to take unnecessarily high doses of Vitamin D as it may yield negative consequences. They further added that this aspect needs more research to find how vitamin D could be used most effectively to give protection against COVID-19 complications.
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