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COVID-19: Research Confirms the Need to Add Vitamin D and A to Diet

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This COVID-19 pandemic has made people realize the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the need to boost the immune response. A strong immune system means protection from every possible foreign invasion and infection. Since the cases are at its peak these days, people should now reconsider their diet plan and include vitamin D and vitamin A to protect themselves from the virus, research says.

With the new research, India has taken one step forward to protect its people. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) aims to add layers of protection by including vitamin D and vitamin A in all their edible oils.

Both these vitamins are essential components of health and the immune system. In addition, deficiency in any of them can cause you to face various health complications. According to recent research, stable levels of vitamin D in the body can lessen the need for artificial oxygen in COVID-19 infected patients.

Understanding Fortification Process

Food fortification is enriching the food with micronutrients that are not naturally found in them. This process can be costly but beneficial at the same time, considering that it can help deal with different health concerns.

Some examples of the fortification process include iodine in salt to deal with goiter and vitamin D in milk to strengthen bones.

Study Analysis on Vitamin D and COVID-19 Link

Right now, almost everyone’s immune system is at the target. Therefore, researchers from the Boston study, after thorough research, concluded vitamin D’s role in treating the COVID-19 patients. The findings appear in the ‘Plos One’ journal.

COVID-19 is a respiratory disorder that can cause severe damage to the lungs. The research aimed to find the effects of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D on immune function, COVID-19 mortality rate, and people with chronic symptoms.

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The research set their analysis after studying 235 coronavirus-infected patients. Out of all the cases, 74% were critical, and 32.8% of them had vitamin D deficiency. Therefore, the report concluded the importance of vitamin D to save COVID-19 infected people on a large scale.

Vitamin D injections should be used in public, and in particular, within the health care system to control the pandemic.

Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D carries several important functions in the body, including maintaining high bone density and uplifting immunity. It is a fat-soluble vitamin, which possesses the immunoregulatory property to keep a check on foreign body inflammation.

It is an essential nutrient to switch on the immune mechanism. Around 42% of the US population is vitamin D deficient. Moreover, it can make the body prone to several infections and disorders caused by suppressing the immune system.

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Even though many people heavily rely on supplements to get healthy levels of vitamin D, there are several foods, which can do the same for you. Okra, fish, dairy products, and mushroom are some healthy choices to get vitamin D. Even sunlight can do wonders for this synthesis of nutrients.

Importance of Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and is essential for carrying vital functions in the body. It is needed to improve the eyesight, boost the immune function, and ensure healthy fetal development.

The vitamin also works on immunity by regulating the T cell distribution. Deficiency of this vitamin can cause a spike in inflammatory molecules and suppress the immune response.

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 There is nothing to worry about as you can get high vitamin A foods easily from the market. It includes egg yolk, sweet potatoes, carrot, spinach, salmon, pumpkin, and cabbage. As an alternative to foods, take supplements.

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Adeena Tariq Lari

The author is a graduate of dental surgery from the Dow University Health Sciences, Karachi. She has an academic background in content writing as well as English literature, giving her an edge in the field. Adeena is always curious about physical and mental health. She is always passionate about research and delivering high-quality reliable content to users.

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