As famous by retired nursing trainer John Campbell1 within the video above, vitamin D is “an vital immunological molecule” that doubtless performs position within the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his video commentary, Campbell critiques a variety of current papers stressing the significance of vitamin D, beginning with a press launch2 from the French Nationwide Academy of Drugs, dated Could 22, 2020.
The press launch appropriately factors out that vitamin D is a prohormone, that means it acts as an endocrine hormone. As such, it has wide-ranging affect on well being. There are vitamin D receptors all through your physique, in each tissue and organ. Campbell critiques among the fundamentals of the place and the way vitamin D is synthesized within the physique.
In abstract, vitamin D is synthesized within the dermis of your pores and skin in response to ultraviolet gentle from the solar. From there, it’s transported to your liver and kidneys, the place it’s transformed into an energetic hormone that’s then circulated all through your physique. Folks with liver or kidney issues could have a lowered capacity to synthesize vitamin D. As famous by the French Nationwide Academy of Drugs, vitamin D:3
The French medical authority factors on the market’s “a big correlation between low serum vitamin D ranges and mortality from COVID-19” — which one would count on contemplating its modulating and regulatory affect on immune operate — and that “by mitigating the inflammatory storm and its penalties,” vitamin D “might be thought of as an adjunct to any type of remedy.”