How Having Healthy Levels of Vitamin D3 Reduces Your Risk of Viruses

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Research Commentary;

COVID-19 Mortality Risk Correlates Inversely with Vitamin D3 Status

 A review of
Borsche et al. (2021) COVID-19 Mortality Risk Correlates Inversely with Vitamin D3 Status, and a Mortality Rate Close to Zero Could Theoretically Be Achieved at 50ng/ml 25(OH)D3: Results of a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Nutrients 13, 3596
Research Reviewed by Dr. Anthony Vasile

Summarized Review of Conclusion:

            This research showed that levels of Vitamin D3 are critical to the function of the immune system and how it helps reduce the severity of viral infections. Blood levels greater than 50ng/ml of vitamin D3 significantly reduce the chances of dying from COVID 19. The data from this study provides strong evidence that low D3 is a predictor rather than just a side effect of the infection.

This is why it is overwhelmingly clear that we need to supplement with vitamin D3 especially during winter months when the sun is low and the immune system is under greater stress. That is why at Texas Chiro Health we not only have our patients supplement with vitamin D3 but we also test the levels of their blood to make sure they are at the optimal level that is backed by research to keep the immune system functioning properly.


Below I have referenced key quotes from this research to help summarize the results.


Quotes from the Article:

“Regression suggested a theoretical point of zero mortality at approximately 50 ng/mL D3.”


“Despite ongoing vaccinations, we recommend raising serum 25(OH)D levels to above 50 ng/mL to prevent or mitigate new outbreaks due to escape mutations or decreasing antibody activity.”


“A rapidly increasing number of publications are investigating the vitamin D3 status of SARS-CoV-2 patients and have confirmed both low vitamin D levels in cases of severe courses of infection and positive results of vitamin D3 treatments.”


“The most life-threatening events in the course of a SARS-CoV-2 infection are ARDS and cytokine release syndrome (CRS). It is well established that vitamin D3 is able to inhibit the underlying metabolic pathways [83,84] because a very specific interaction exists between the mechanism of SARS-CoV-2 infection and vitamin D3.”


Introduction to the Research

This research was intended to investigate if blood levels of vitamin D3 are lowered by the infection of viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and COVID 19 or if deficiency levels in the blood negatively affects immune defense. The purpose of this study was to collect more evidence on this topic.


Research Methodology

            Systematic literature search was performed to identify retrospective cohort as well as clinical studies on COVID-19 mortality rates versus D3 blood levels. Mortality rates from clinical studies were corrected for age, sex, and diabetes. Data were analyzed using correlation and linear regression.


Research Findings

“This result strengthens the hypothesis that a fatal outcome from COVID-19 infection, apart from other risk factors, is strongly dependent on the vitamin D status of the patient. The mathematical regressions suggested that the lower threshold for healthy vitamin D levels should lie at approximately 125 nmol/L or 50 ng/mL 25(OH)D3, which would save most lives, reducing the impact even for patients with various comorbidities.”

Regardless of people being vaccinated or not it is crucial to keep healthy levels of vitamin D3. To ensure you have the appropriate levels of vitamin D3 in your blood, book an appointment with us. We will do a thorough exam including films so we can figure out how to best get you out of pain if you are dealing with some and how to keep you healthy. There are three factors that go into health and that is how we eat, move and think. Supplementing with appropriate levels of vitamin D3 is an easy shortcut to give the immune system what it needs to function properly.


Research References

As always with these reviews, these are my takeaways from the article and I encourage you to read the article in its entirety.  The references used in this article by the authors of this article are listed here.

Our Message

At our McKinney location, located near the corner of Eldorado Pkwy. and Ridge Rd., we are here to help you get out of pain! Our Chiropractors will relieve your pain through Chiropractic adjustments and teaching the proper form for  exercises. We also look at nutrition to make sure you are getting the proper nutrients while helping you manage stress to give your body the best fighting chance against pain and disease!