Vitamin D deficiency and the risk of infection and death in...

Several months ago, there was agreement between scientists and researchers in the field of viruses that the lack of vitamin D stores, which is common in the elderly, is a risk factor that significantly increases the chance of infection with the emerging corona virus, according to the scientific journal, “Trust My Science”.

However, according to a recent study of 216 hospitalized patients, researchers found that more than 80% of them had vitamin D deficiency. It has been observed that this deficiency is more prevalent in men than in women.

On the other hand, researchers working on the team of the new study published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, did not find any link between the severity of the disease and the levels of vitamin D in patients, according to the scientific journal “Trust My Science”.

The study, which was conducted at the University Hospital “Marche de Valdesella”, according to the same scientific journal, that vitamin “D” is a hormone secreted by the kidneys that controls the concentration of calcium in the blood and affects the immune system. Vitamin D deficiency has always been linked to a variety of health problems, especially those associated with immune system diseases and infections.

Currently, taking drugs containing vitamin “D”, according to the study authors, is one of the ways to prevent the virus for people with severe vitamin “D” deficiency, and it is also a way to combat the severity of infection, especially for the elderly and residents of special care homes.

The study also highlighted another interesting fact, which showed that men have lower levels of vitamin “D” than sick women who have contracted the Covid 19 virus.

In the same regard, the German “Business Insider” website mentioned another study conducted in Italy in August 2020, which showed that about 42 percent of Corona patients, who suffer from severe vitamin D deficiency, died after ten days in the hospital. In contrast, only five percent of patients who had adequate vitamin D levels died of the same virus.

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  • Vitamin C … a fortress against deadly diseases and viruses!

    Kiwi

    Most mammals produce vitamin C in their bodies, except for humans. And food is one of the ways in which the human body obtains an amount of this type of water-soluble micro nutrient. Vitamin C is found in abundance in kiwi fruit, grapefruit oranges, or the so-called Indian lemon, and also in some vegetables such as broccoli and pepper.

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    Vitamin C … a fortress against deadly diseases and viruses!

    Every body needs it

    The importance of providing the body with an adequate amount of vitamin C is not limited to the elderly, the sick and vegetarians, but rather its importance and the importance of its biochemical functions are the same in any body. Vitamin C is one of the micronutrients that not only provide the body with energy, but rather is essential for its basic functions, including the functioning of cells as well as the immune system.

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    Vitamin C … a fortress against deadly diseases and viruses!

    Anti-oxidant

    Vitamin C works as an antioxidant to reduce the damage caused by free oxygen radicals to essential molecules in the body, which are produced during the processes of converting food into energy known as metabolism. Pollutants such as tobacco lead to oxidative stress that occurs due to an imbalance in the body’s ability to eliminate free radicals and increase their formation. Which increases the body’s need for vitamin C.

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    Vitamin C … a fortress against deadly diseases and viruses!

    Enzymatic activity

    The human body uses the vitamin C found in strawberries, for example, to protect it from free radicals, and it is also an important cofactor in a variety of enzymatic activities, such as the synthesis of collagen protein that is part of the tendons, bones, cartilage and skin. So poor wound healing could indicate a deficiency in vitamin C.

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    Vitamin C … a fortress against deadly diseases and viruses!

    fighting the infection

    The body needs vitamin C to fight infection. As an antioxidant, vitamin C is not only responsible for protecting cells, but also for attacks in the event of an infection. It stimulates the migration of immune cells known as neutrophils to the site of infection and stimulates phagocytosis, which is the process of eliminating cellular waste and killing pathogens.

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    Vitamin C … a fortress against deadly diseases and viruses!

    Prevention of dangerous diseases

    Severe vitamin C deficiency can lead to scurvy, which is also known as pox and vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms of this dangerous disease include poor wound healing, bruises, hair and tooth loss, and joint pain. Ten milligrams of vitamin C a day is sufficient to protect against it. Getting an adequate dose of vitamin C is also associated with a reduced risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and strokes.

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    Vitamin C … a fortress against deadly diseases and viruses!

    The appropriate dose

    According to the Consumer Protection Service, the recommended daily intake of vitamin C for men is 110 milligrams and for women 95 milligrams. But researchers from Oregon State University recommend 400 milligrams for all adults. Taking an excessive dose of the vitamin is not harmful as the body gets rid of it in the urine. The benefits of vitamin C are the same, whether in the form of a nutritional supplement or through regular food, ie vegetables and fruits. Prepared by: Yulia Virgin / Iman Melouk

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