COVID 19 AND VITAMIN DEFICIENCY WHAT IS THE VERDICT?
Frunutta cares about our customers in the same way we would our own family. As we move forward in these uncertain times, we at Frunutta remain committed to trying to bring you up to date news in how to protect yourself and your family against COVID 19. As you know there is a lot of information out there regarding anti-Malarial drug Plaquenil better known as Hydroxychloroquine.
How is this old drug able to provide therapy for a viral infection that has destroyed our health system and sanity?
Firstly, our advice to our extended Frunutta family is to wash your hands, avoid contact with others, social isolation, heat your food to better kill the virus (which survives better in the cold), and get a good night sleep.
There was a study in France that showed the patients that were taking Hydroxychloroquine along with the well-known antibiotic Z-pack showed faster recovery and stopped shedding the virus in less than one week. The problem with the study was that it was too small and too short of duration and the patients in the different arms of the study were not carefully evaluated for other medical conditions. However, this study is the reason that suddenly there is so much renewed interest in Hydroxychloroquine.
PROPOSED MECHANISM OF ACTION!
Some believe that Hydroxychloroquine causes the virus not to be able to penetrate the cell by causing the internal fluid of the cells to become more acidic some others believe that the medication causes a blockage of the cell receptor ACE, which the virus uses as a door to gain entry to our cells.
A recent study suggests that Hydroxychloroquine helps shuttle Zinc into the cells. Zinc is believed to interfere with or to stop viral RNA transcription inside the cells and hence halt the proliferation of the virus and its ability to spread.
Zinc 5mg + Vitamin C is a mineral that is especially important to the immune system. It is believed that zinc helps the diverse types of white blood cells fight off infections better. Some studies have found that zinc helps lower the duration and the number of viral colds, which are part of the coronavirus family. It is believed that the upper limit of daily intake is at 40mg/day and the lower limit is at 5mg/day. It appears that zinc and vitamin C have a synergistic effect on the immune response.
Always consult with your doctor whenever taking any vitamins or supplements and the above statements not meant to treat, cure, or diagnose any disease.
VITAMIN D AND REPORTED BENEFITS
Nutrition experts have long established that vitamin D is essential for optimal bone health as it helps absorb calcium. However, a low vitamin D status has been associated with a range of autoimmune, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases due to its role as an essential immunologic mediator.
Vitamin D levels are influenced by nutrition, certainly, as it can be partially sourced from food — things like fatty salmon, beef liver, egg yolks and Swiss cheese all contain ample vitamin D — but is often sourced naturally just by being outside. The most well-known way to get your dose of vitamin D is exposing yourself to sunlight; however, risks of skin cancer have decreased such simple methods of vitamin D supplementation. Experts have previously established that these at-risk individuals would benefit from discussing vitamin D supplements with a doctor:
- Adults over the age of sixty-five
- People with clinical obesity
- People diagnosed with liver disease, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis and/or Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
- Those who experience limited sun exposure
- Those with dark skin tones
- Those enjoying a plant-based lifestyle
Your healthcare provider can order a blood test to examine your vitamin D levels.
The need for vitamin supplementation including vitamin D3 has long been debated regarding the current pandemic. Preexisting medical conditions, healthcare accessibility, and socioeconomic factors may contribute to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on minority populations worldwide. A higher rate of COVID-19 positivity among the Black and Hispanic population in the US was attributed to low circulating vitamin D status but also to other, non-biological factors such as greater barriers to social distancing were also major contributing factors. However, a new piece of research has once again reignited the public's interest in these supplements, as scientists highlight a possible association between vitamin D levels and the immune system's ability to fend off severe COVID-19 symptoms, particularly associated with the Omicron variant.
The small-scale study, which was organized by researchers in Israel and is based on data collected between April 2020 and February 2021, was recently published in PLOS ONE and presents a case that researchers say is "equally relevant" for Omicron spread as well. The data was collected from 253 people who were admitted to hospitals for treatment (at a time before vaccines were available) and was used to conclude that those who had a vitamin D deficiency were more likely to develop a severe or critical case of COVID-19, as compared to patients who had sufficient vitamin D levels within blood samples taken at the time of hospitalization. About half of those in the study were deficient in the vitamin. Another small study from MLB Medical College, enrolled 154 patients with COVID-19 age group 30-60 years admitted during the study period of 6 weeks. Study included either asymptomatic COVID-19 patients (Group A) or severely ill patients requiring Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission (Group B). Serum concentration of Vitamin D3 were tested in all patients at time of admission. Standard statistical analysis was performed to analyze the differences. The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was 32.96% and 96.82% respectively in Group A and Group B. Serum level of inflammatory markers was found to be higher in vitamin D deficient COVID-19.
These small study needs further studies to improve our understanding of the association of Vitamin D3 and the current pandemic. However, one thing is clear that being vitamin D3 deficient is not minimal risk and not so uncommon among patients who require hospitalization.
THE BEST WAY TO TAKE MY VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENT?
There are two major types of vitamin D:
- Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) – which is synthesized by plants
- Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) – which is made in copious quantities in the skin when sunlight strikes bare skin
Vitamin D₃ (cholecalciferol) is the form of vitamin D that is naturally made by our bodies after the skin is exposed to direct sunlight. It can also be found in vitamin supplements and foods, such as fortified milk, fatty fish, fish liver oil, and egg yolks. However, the body cannot use vitamin D3 until it is changed into an active form of vitamin D by the liver and kidneys. Since vitamin D3 is naturally found in the human body, it is considered the preferred form of vitamin D supplementation.
If you are taking your vitamin D3 in pill form, experts recommend taking the pill with a full meal – preferably a fatty meal – to maximize absorption; however, most of the population is either not following these instructions or not absorbing the vitamin D3 that they swallow. Hence there is a possibility that an absorbable under the tongue vitamin D3 can have an advantage over the swallowed products by direct absorption into the blood stream. The advantage of any under the tongue or what the pharmaceutical industry coins as sublingual is the fact that you no longer need to worry about your gut absorption and fatty meals since the vitamin D3 absorbs under your tongue and directly into your bloodstream, hence no worries about fatty meals or no meals in the stomach at all!
We at Frunutta provide our customers with the best cleanest and purest vitamin and supplements so our customers can have a healthy choice. Our under the tongue Micro Quick Absorb technology you will absorb vitamin tablet quickly and easily under the tongue without concern for lack of absorption. At the same time our products contain only the vitamin, acacia gum and minute amount of lactose that even the lactose intolerant customers are safe to consume.
We at Frunutta strive to make your hectic life a little easier and healthier!
This information is only for educational purposes and is not medical advice or intended as a recommendation of any specific products. Consult your health care provider for more information. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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