As famous by retired nursing instructor John Campbell1 within the video above, vitamin D is “an vital immunological molecule” that possible performs position within the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his video commentary, Campbell critiques numerous latest 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 a few of 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. Individuals with liver or kidney issues might have a diminished capability 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 major correlation between low serum vitamin D ranges and mortality from COVID-19” — which one would anticipate contemplating its modulating and regulatory affect on immune perform — and that “by mitigating the inflammatory storm and its penalties,” vitamin D “might be thought-about as an adjunct to any type of remedy.”