Should you take Vitamin C and Vitamin D for Coronavirus | COVID
Should you take Vitamin C and Vitamin D for Coronavirus | COVID-19
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00:00 - Introduction
00:38 - Does Colder Temperatures make you more prone to getting COVID?
02:52 - Why COVID are more likely to cause infections in winter?
03:20 - Vitamin D and COVID
07:20 - Vitamin C and COVID
09:47 - Zinc and COVID
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Does colder temperature make you more prone to getting a cold Or COVID-19?
Most health experts agree that when it’s cold, people spend more time indoors and in close contact with other people, and this likely increases the spread of germs.
Also, experts believe that our immune system may be more active when our body is warmer, as in during the summer months.
Back in 2007, there was this study…
In this one particular study looking at the spread of the influenza virus, they put guinea pigs together in a chamber and carried out different environmental experiments on them. They found that low relative humidities of 20%–35% were most favorable for infection, while the transmission was completely blocked at high humidity of 80%.
They also found that when guinea pigs were kept at 5 °C, transmission occurred with greater frequency than at 20 °C, while at 30 °C, no transmission was detected.
The authors concluded that low relative humidities produced by indoor heating and cold
temperatures favored the spread of the influenza virus.
I also want to add, that cold weather, by itself, can cause a runny nose without necessarily
having a cold, and this allows for the virus so be carried in those secretions, which probably facilitates transmission.
40% of common colds are caused by rhinoviruses. The second most common cause of cold is the coronavirus, the normal one, not this novel coronavirus, aka SARS-CoV-2.
Its been shown that the rhinovirus reproduces more quickly at cooler temperatures means you might catch a cold more quickly if you’re chilly.
And this probably applies to the coronavirus as well.
It's likely that with the combination of all of these 5 factors, meaning, cooler temp, lower humidity, people staying indoors more often in winter months, cold weather causing runny noses and our immune system is more active when it's warmer, these combinations of factors likely explain why colds, flu,, and COVID-19 are more likely to cause infections in the winter months.
But there is likely a 6th factor as well. And that is vitamin D. Our bodies don’t normally make vitamin D unless we get sunlight. In the winter months, for most of us in this world, we don’t get enough sunlight to make enough vitamin D. Unless you live in a warm climate, then maybe you are the exception. So if you aren’t getting enough sunlight in the winter months, that means you have to get enough vitamin D in your diet. And if you don’t do that, you will have low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps regulate or Calcium levels and is important for bone and muscle health. It also plays a role in regulating our immune system, but its exact role is not known.
Why is this important when it comes to the common cold, flu, and perhaps with this novel the coronavirus that’s causing COVID-19? Well, vitamin D doesn’t affect these viruses themselves. Instead, it affects our immune systems.
So what is my recommendation for taking Vitamin D?
The best thing to do is check with your doctor to see if you might have low vitamin D, and if it is low, you’ll def need to get more vitamin D, especially during the winter months.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is vital to the function of white blood cells that help to fight infections, and overall immune system health. Vitamin C is also important for iron absorption, and being deficient in iron can make you more vulnerable to infections in general.
The normal, recommended daily intake of vitamin C for adults from the diet and/or supplements is 75 to 120 mg. You can get about 80 to 90 mg from a cup of orange juice or sliced orange, or even more from kiwi fruit, or a cup of sweet peppers.
Zinc has become one of the most popular suggestions for reducing symptoms of coronavirus.
Some studies showed that zinc reduces the duration of a cold by half, while others showed no effect. Another study found that the type of zinc taken determined the result—zinc gluconate lozenges that provided 13.3 milligrams (mg) of zinc lessened the duration of colds, but zinc acetate lozenges that provided 5 mg or 11.5 mg of zinc did not.
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Could Vitamin D Help Fight COVID-19?
My opinion is that you keep the correct levels of vitamin D in your body. Now a days, due to staying indoors, it is possible that you will develop the deficiency of vitamin D. Get this checked by your doctor and use the correct dose to stay healthy.
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Here are my notes:
Daily 10 microgram or 400 IU/Day
Lippincott’s Biochemistry Review 4th Edition. Page 388
Daily 5 mg of cholecalciferol or 200 IU of Vitamin D.
However, 800 IU/Day is shown to reduce the incidence of osteoporotic fractures.
800 IU/Day recommended by the Institute of Medicine to maintain bone health.
Frank deficiency is when the levels of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (25OHD) is less than 20 ng/mL (50 mmol/L)
No consensus that the oral vitamin D supplements are helpful
Ergocalciferol from plants is called Vitamin D2
Cholecalciferol from the animal tissue is called Vitamin D3
7 deidro-cholesterol to (UV light) to cholecalciferol (D3) to 25 hydroxylase in liver to 25 OH D to -hydroxycholecalciferol 1-hydroxylase in kidney to 1,25 DiOH D3
Vitamin D Receptors are abbreviated to VDR in the notes. These are cytosolic receptors.
Deficiency of vitamin D makes people more susceptible to respiratory tract infections.
Vitamin D supplement can reduce these infections by 12%
Keep in mind, this is for those who are deficient in this vitamin. If you are not deficient, then it will not make a difference. Because, you are already good.
Evidence is not sufficient to say that vitamin D helps prevent respiratory infections.
People with autoimmune diseases commonly have hypovitaminosis D
What are cathelicidins?
What are beta defensins?
Activation of TLR and PAMPs on macrophages increases the production of 1, alpha hydroxylase and the VDR. This in turn causes more production of cathelicidine and beta defensins 4.
Vitamin D also affects monocytes to reduce production of IL1, IL6, IL8, IL12, and TNF. Regulating the immune response.
Vitamin D acts on the dendritic cells to inhibit/reduce their differentiation and maturation. It reduces their MHCII expression, co-stimulatory molecules like CD40, CD80, CD86, decreased production of IL-12 etc.
Vitamin D improves immune system by helping produce cathelicidine and by helping modulate inflammatory cascade. Especially for the respiratory infections.
It also helps produce NFk-B (nuclear factor kappa light chain for activated B cells.)
Notes about the NFkB
Helps with cytokine production and cell survival.
NFk-B factor becomes active when T and B cell receptors become active. Its activation causes the gene expressions that allow T cell development, maturation, and proliferation.
T and B cells have Vitamin D receptors that help them produce NFk-B
Continuing the notes from the study:
In pulmonary infections. Lung epithelial cells are able to convert inactive vitamin D to its active form. This active Vitamin D then helps produce cathelicidine. Which helps kill the pathogens.
Vitamin D seems to favor TH2 and TH17 cell activation which is anti-inflammatory profile.
Vitamin D seems to reduce the activation of TH1 cells which are pro inflammatory by their IFN-gamma action.
A deficiency of vitamin D may dysregulate the inflammatory response of the body.
Vitamin B also increases the IkBa. This leads to inhibition of NFkB. This helps reduce the production of IL6 and IL8 by inhibiting the production of NFkB.
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COVID-19 Insights: Could Vitamin C Help with COVID-19?
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Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Found in plants, citrus fruits, tomatoes, and green vegetables
Water soluble hence extra dose is peed out.
Deficiency causes scurvy
Large doses cause diarrhea
Reason that people looked into it was that the people with vitamin C deficiency had more occurrences of pneumonia.
Normal dose is 90 mg/day. Add 30 mg/day for pregnant women, and 35 mg/day for smokers.
Neutralize reactive oxygen species or free radicals.
Needed in procollagen hydroxylation during the collagen synthesis.
It helps shorten the flu duration by about 8% in adults and 14% in children
Helped prevent the occurrence of flu in people with rigorous physical activity when given in megadoses IV.
It has helped reduce the seriousness and ventilation need by patients.
A study is on going in China that will conclude in September.
Is useful in megadose
Claims that megadoses caused 85% reduction in reporting of the flu and cold symptoms.
Protective for the skin (collagen synthesis.)
Needed by the phagocytic cells when they are performing oxidative burst. NADPH is used to produce reactive oxygen species.
Some evidence that it reduces lung inflammation during the flu infection.
Study in Chinese language
Need to study the effects
Study that vitamin c is marginally useful in people engaged in rigorous activities.
Helpful for the immune cells
Helpful during infections
Vitamin D can be deficient in COVID-19 hospitalized patients
Millions of people in various countries are spending time indoors due to coronavirus pandemic.
Lack of sunlight on the skin may mean that many of us may not be getting enough vitamin D.
Public Health England recently asked people to consider taking vitamin D supplements.
They recommend taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day. This advice includes pregnant and lactating women.
Babies up to the age of 1 year need 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day.
Vitamin D helps regulate calcium and phosphate levels in our bodies.
Appropriate calcium levels help keep our bones, teeth, and muscles healthy.
Vitamin D is also critical for a balanced immune response to infections.
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In this lesson, I discuss the vitamin D its immune system regulation, specifically with regards to how vitamin D can help protect against respiratory tract infections like SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
1) Brief Introduction to Vitamin D and SARS-CoV-2
2) Vitamin D deficiency and increased risk of infections
3) Vitamin D supplementation and protection against acute respiratory tract infections
4) Vitamin D and Immune System Regulation (including cytokines like IL-6)
5) Vitamin D and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), comorbidities and associations
3) Summary of some Remdesivir data in in-vitro and in-vivo (mice and rhesus monkeys) studies used in treatment of other coronaviruses like SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV
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*DISCLAIMER* Although there has been a meta-analysis showing reduced risk of acute respiratory tract infections with daily/weekly recommended doses of Vitamin D, WE DON’T have enough evidence to say that Vitamin D is protective against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) – WE ONLY HAVE ASSOCIATIONS/CORRELATIONS at this point.
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Can Vitamin C help prevent COVID-19?
Vitamin C has lately been of interest to researchers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Large doses of intravenous Vitamin C are being tried in COVID-19 critical patients on ventilators in China.
Australian researchers reported that they did not find any benefit in using Vitamin C. But the U.S. is planning to try a combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc and hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 prevention.
There is still no evidence to prove consuming a high amount of vitamin C is effective against coronavirus. According to Chennai-based Nephrologist Dr. Rajan Ravichandran, caution is required in consuming mega doses of vitamins without prescriptions, especially for long periods.
Vitamin C or Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble essential nutrient. Being water-soluble, it is not stored in the body and requires daily intake.
It is a powerful antioxidant with an important role in controlling infections and promoting healing of wounds. Its many functions include synthesis of collagen, chemical messengers in the brain and hormones.
The source of Vitamin C is fruits and vegetables like oranges and lemons. After consumption, the absorbed Vitamin C is metabolised in the body to oxalate and is removed by the kidneys.
Large doses of Vitamin C have been used to improve the immunity and promote wound healing. Normally the body can cope with this high dose by reducing the absorption and increasing the oxalate loss in urine. But in some people, the oxalate can get deposited in the kidneys resulting in kidney failure. This is likely in patients with intestinal disorders and pre-existing kidney disease.
The daily requirement of Vitamin C is 90mg in adult males, 75mg for females which increases to 120 mg during pregnancy.
Deficiency of Vitamin C is rare and but when it occurs, it is called scurvy. The deficiency can manifest with bleeding gums, delayed wound healing, skin spots, hair loss and anaemia.
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Vitamin D dose
Vitamin D dose
International units or micrograms
1,000 micrograms (mcg) in a milligram (mg)
1,000 milligrams (mg) in a gram (g)
1,000 grams in a kilogram (Kg)
1 kg is 2.2 pounds
42% of people have a vitamin D deficiency
82.1% of black people
69.2% of Hispanic people.
Higher blood levels = over 33 ng/ml or 82.4 nmol/l
Lower blood levels less than 12 ng/ml or 30 nmol/l
50% lower risk of colorectal cancer
Consuming 1,000 IU (25 mcg) daily would help 50% of people reach a vitamin D blood level of 33 ng/ml (82.4 nmol/l)
Consuming 2,000 IU (50 mcg) daily would help nearly everyone reach a blood level of 33 ng/ml (82.4 nmol/l)
Taking 1,000 IU (25 mcg) of vitamin D daily reduced heart disease risk by 10%
Consuming 1,000–4,000 IU (25–100 mcg) of vitamin D daily should be ideal for most people to reach healthy vitamin D blood levels.
However, don’t consume more than 4,000 IU of vitamin D without your doctor's permission. It exceeds the safe upper limits of intake and is not linked to more health benefits
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2% of the patients taking high dose calcifediol were admitted to ICU.
50% of the patients not taking calcifediol were admitted to ICU.
Effect of calcifidiol (25(OH)D) on severity and disease progress of COVID-19
Effect of vitamin D receptor activation
Vitamin D deficiency in the US population
Obesity and vitamin d deficiency. A study of their relationship
What is cholecalciferol?
What is calcifediol?
Active Vitamin D synthesis pathway
Should you always take calcium and vitamin K2 with vitamin D?
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Vitamin D recommendations
Vit D and COVID
Evidence that Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infections and Deaths.
Prevalence and correlates of vitamin D deficiency in US adults
About 42% of the US population is vitamin D deficient. However, this rate rises to 82% in black people and 70% in Hispanics
Vit D deficiency in Ireland
Vitamin D is essential for bone and muscle health
The most important Vitamin to take daily during the Covid-19 situation.
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