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Vitamin D- Health & COVID-19

Imagine an amazing vitamin that can:

  • Enhance immune function

  • Fight respiratory infections

  • Strengthen bone health and prevent osteoporosis

  • Regulates metabolic processes and help with weight loss

  • Improves cardiovascular health

  • Decrease the risk of diabetes

  • Increase muscle strength

  • Reduce the risk of depression

This is Vitamin D! But the real magic and power of Vitamin D is its ability to suppress inflammation! Yes, adequate levels of D will inhibit the inflammatory cascade which leads to SO MANY health disorders and ultimately creates and feeds pathologies. Vitamin D dampens inflammatory responses, decreasing systemic inflammation. Vitamin D and the COVID-19 Cytokine Storm As we learn more about COVID-19, we are clearly seeing a correlation between Vitamin D levels and the severity of symptoms caused by COVID-19. Those who are deficient in Vitamin D appear to be among the most impacted by this virus. Cytokines are small proteins that are released by different cells in the body in response to a perceived threat. The cytokines help to coordinate the immune system's response to these threats. We are seeing that one of the greatest dangers with COVID-19 is the cytokine storm. During a cytokine storm the body goes into overdrive pumping out cytokines in response to the virus. This storm causes uncontrolled levels of cytokines which results in hyper inflammation resulting in serious complications and even death. The ability of Vitamin D to suppress and regulate the inflammatory cascade also aids in decreasing the cytokine storm frequently seen with the COVID-19 infection. As a result, we are finding adequate Vitamin D levels appear to decrease mortality rates of those with COVID-19. Vitamin D Basic Facts: Fact 1: Most clients we work with are deficient or have sub-optimal levels of Vitamin D. Fact 2: The measurement of Vitamin D is often not included in routine blood chemistry. Fact 3: Increasing your Vitamin D level can easily be done by supplementing with the right Vitamin D product. At The Center, we have three different types of Vitamin D available- capsules, drops, and an emulsified liquid form. Each has its pros and cons. If you are interested in supplementing with Vitamin D, give us a call so we talk about which Vitamin D will be best for you and how much of it you need to take. Vitamin D Testing Connect with us if you desire to have your Vitamin D levels and other inflammatory markers tested. Vitamin D testing can be ordered through a conventional blood draw lab such as Lab Corps. At-home testing is now also available through a finger stick blood spot test as well. This type of testing allows you to measure your level of Vitamin D and never leave your home. There are so many benefits to Vitamin D. Learning your Vitamin D level and adequately supplementing may dramatically improve your health.

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