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Vitamin D May Suppress Cytokine Storm in COVID-19 Patients

| Modified: Jun 30, 2020
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A new study has shown that low Vitamin D levels appear to play a significant role in COVID-19 death rates. Vitamin D strengthens innate immunity and prevents overactive immune responses.

Patients with severe Vitamin D deficiency are twice as likely to experience significant complications, according to researchers from Northwestern University.

Researchers analyzed data from a number of hospitals and clinics across the world. They found that patients from countries with high COVID-19 mortality rates, such as the US, Spain, UK, Italy, and China, had lower levels of vitamin Dcompared to patients in other countries that were not as affected.

The team found a connection between low Vitamin D levels and a hyperactive immune response (also known as cytokine storm).

Ali Daneshkhah, one of the study's authors, states: "Cytokine storm can severely damage lungs and lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome and death in patients.  This is what seems to kill a majority of COVID-19 patients, not the destruction of the lungs by the virus itself. It is the complications from the misdirected fire from the immune system."

According to the study, not only could Vitamin D cut the mortality rate in half, but it could also reduce complications and prevent death in people who are infected with COVID-19. [1]

Vitamin D dosage for COVID-19.

Vitamin D Dosage for COVID-19

Another recent study suggests that vitamin Dsupplementation can reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections and death.

10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day should be taken for a few weeks to reduce the risk of infection. After that, 5,000 IU per day is recommended.

For the treatment of people who are already infected with COVID-19, researchers suggest that an even higher daily dose vitamin D3 might be useful.

 

Where to Buy Vitamin D3

You can find vitamin d3 at most pharmacies, health food stores, grocery stores, and of course, online.

Here are a few links to Vitamin D3 Amazon:

Healthy Origins Vitamin D3 10,000 IU (Non-GMO), 360 Softgels

Solgar Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 250 MCG (10,000 IU), 120 Softgels 

NatureWise Vitamin D3 5,000 IU  [360 Count]

Continue reading below for feedback from Earth Clinic readers who have used Vitamin D to improve their immunity against coronavirus. Let us know if you tried this remedy!

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12 User Reviews

Posted by Cynthia (Bertram TX) on 05/17/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Why did youtube delete your video for Vit D3 for Community standards? I saw nothing that went against their rules.

Replied by Mary
USA
05/23/2020

Look up ingredients in D CON.

Earth Clinic
05/17/2020

Hi Cynthia, We're not sure! Possibly the title of the video, which was very similar to the title of this page, was too much for them? We reposted the video on Facebook Videos (with different title) and Vimeo. Here are the new links: https://www.facebook.com/earthclinicllc/videos/787186461687825/ https://vimeo.com/419568113


Posted by Earth Clinic (EC) on 05/16/2020

Our new video was censored! YouTube took down our new video on Vitamin D supplementation based on 2 research studies! This is the url to the now removed video: https://youtu.be/N4RtoZustks And here's the email they sent this morning: Hi Earth Clinic, As you may know, our Community Guidelines describe which content we allow – and don't allow – on YouTube. Your video Vitamin D Dosage That May Suppress Cytokine Storm in COVID-19 Patients - Earth Clinic was flagged to us for review. Upon review, we've determined that it violates our guidelines and we've removed it from YouTube. We know that this might be disappointing, but it's important to us that YouTube is a safe place for all. If content breaks our rules, we remove it. If you think we've made a mistake, you can appeal and we'll take another look. Keep reading for more details. Video content restrictions YouTube doesn't allow content that encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death. We also don't allow content that appears to be posted in a shocking, sensational, or disrespectful manner. The only depictions of such activities that we may allow need to be educational or documentary in nature and shouldn't be designed to help or encourage others to imitate them. When uploading a video, make sure to post as much information as possible in the title and description to help us and your viewers understand the primary purpose of the video. Learn more here. Impact on your account This removal has not resulted in a Community Guidelines strike or penalty on your account. However, we still encourage you to review all of your content to make sure it's in line with our Community Guidelines. Additional violations could result in strikes against your account, or even lead to account termination. How you can respond If you believe this was a mistake, we'd like to hear from you. To appeal this removal, please submit this form. Our team will thoroughly review your appeal and will contact you again soon. Sincerely, - The YouTube Team

Replied by Anon
Canada
05/22/2020

Censorship on Y/T is big at the moment and will be for the foreseeable future. Did you know Dr. Mercola's video on nebulizing with hydrogen peroxide was also removed by YouTube? Here's an experiment for everyone... Try searching on YouTube for Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation or Nebulizing Hydrogen Peroxide. What you will see in search results are videos that either talk about the dangers of it or videos with very few views. They aren't removing all videos, but they are QUIETLY burying videos of value way down on the search results, making good information impossible to find. Search engines are doing the same. They were doing it before COVID-19 make no mistake.

Art
California
05/16/2020
521 posts

Deirdre, Many of the youtube channels I subscribe to report that many of their videos are being pulled by youtube and are switching to other sites while maintaining their youtube channel. Many report it is usually due to the use of specific words or terms such as cytokine storm, coronavirus or Covid-19. Even Dr. Seheult, who is very clear in explaining the science as he talks through his video series, had all of his videos removed because they had the word hydroxychloroquine used in them. It didn't happen right away, but as soon as he described how dismal the results are with HCQ in different trials, those videos were pulled by youtube. I know one person who discusses Covid-19 related issues was told she could no longer use the term Covid-19 or Coronavirus so she had to make up an alternate name that her viewers would understand what she was talking about. Youtube seems to be big on censorship these days causing people to switch to other options to do their podcasts and videos on. Art

Art
California
05/16/2020
521 posts

Deirdre, Many of the youtube channels I subscribe to report that many of their videos are being pulled by youtube and are switching to other sites while maintaining their youtube channel. Many report it is usually due to the use of specific words or terms such as cytokine storm, coronavirus or Covid-19. Even Dr. Seheult, who is very clear in explaining the science as he talks through his video series, had all of his videos removed because they had the word hydroxychloroquine used in them. It didn't happen right away, but as soon as he described how dismal the results are with HCQ in different trials, those videos were pulled by youtube. I know one person who discusses Covid-19 related issues was told she could no longer use the term Covid-19 or Coronavirus so she had to make up an alternate name that her viewers would understand what she was talking about. Youtube seems to be big on censorship these days causing people to switch to other options to do their podcasts and videos on. Art


Posted by Rob (United States) on 05/09/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking vitamins d, c, and zinc. Also have recommended them to other people I know. Unfortunately, our government only recommending staying 6 feet apart staying home and wearing a mask. I believe this is demonstrating the average America's overall health and think it shows how nutrient poor our diet is!


Posted by Rob (United States) on 05/09/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking vitamins d, c, and zinc. Also have recommended them to other people I know. Unfortunately, our government only recommending staying 6 feet apart staying home and wearing a mask. I believe this is demonstrating the average America's overall health and think it shows how nutrient poor our diet is!


Posted by Mary G. (Santa Cruz, Ca) on 05/09/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I buy my Vit D3 -5000iu - from vitacost.com. Many years ago I tested low for D levels and started using 10,000 iu on most days. This really raised my levels up at my last test.


Posted by Meg (Canada) on 05/09/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I am curious to hear what people are taking for vitamin D supplementation, given this new research. I have been taking 5,000 of D3 daily for the past week. Looks like 10,000 is a better idea. Thoughts?

Replied by Art
California
05/16/2020
521 posts

Meg, One drawback to higher dose vitamin-D is that higher dose vitamin D lowers your melatonin level which also declines with age, with spring/summer and with infection with Covid-19. Melatonin is already greatly reduced in seniors and with the further reduction caused by Covid-19 and spring/summer, it is abysmally low. Since it appears that melatonin may also potentially reduce the chance for a cytokine storm and pneumonia, this helped Dr. Neel to decide to try high dose melatonin (HDM) on his Covid-19 patients to very good effect! Fortunately, HDM can make up for higher vitamin D status, spring/summer melatonin deficit, melatonin decline to both age and Covid-19 infection. It seems that Dr. Neel has found the best of both worlds! Art

Dr. Andrew
CT, USA
05/14/2020

Meg, It all begins with knowing what your current blood levels are and supplementing accordingly and then 3 months later testing again.


Posted by Uncertain (LA) on 04/19/2020
5 out of 5 stars

VITAMIN D FOR COVID- 19 a clip from a blog written by doctor.. Thanks for your interest in Vitamin D, it is a subject close to my heart especially in these days of Covid 19. First, it is the only vitamin that has two sources-sunlight and diet, especially fish. Its action are vast influencing over 80 illnesses, An expert opinion on this is Henry Lahore on LinkedIn in addition to my posts and articles. In the days of common sense during the Second World War, England found itself running out of food. To protect children every child was given a bottle of Halborange made up of orange juice and halibut oil, no deficiency, replenished every month. Today testing for vitamin D is limited by our government. Many average citizens when tested have very low levels. In years past it was most likely the cause of Cabin Fever in late Winter. One last point is that a number of doctors believe that vitamin D protects against the Covid 19 virus, Italy has been ravaged and many Italians have low vitamin D levels, even when supplements are given to the population. The vitamin stops penetration of the virus into the cell. Vitamin D Supplementation to Prevent Acute Respiratory Tract Infections: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Individual Participant Data - PubMed Vitamin D Supplementation to Prevent Acute Respiratory Tract Infections:... Objectives To assess the overall effect of vitamin D supplementation on risk of acute respiratory t...

Replied by Adeha Feustel
North Carolina
05/09/2020

I've read that over 70% of the US population is deficient or insufficient in vitamin D. Those most affected are people with dark skin, elders, prisoners, and those with little sun exposure (like prisoners). Research indicates these populations will be more vulnerable to the virus and have worse outcomes.

G. Baker
U.S.
04/27/2020

When my mother was growing up, her mother gave them cod liver oil everyday. Mother knows best.


Posted by MKing (California ) on 04/16/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I know of 4 people who treated the virus with the following ingredients, which led to full recovery: Horehound Tea: this stops the chest pains Elderberry Extract or Syrup. Try to get one with less fillers 30,000 to 40,000 icu of Vitamin D3 for three days. Then you can reduce to 25000 after starting to feel better. Vitamin C 3000 to 4000 mg. Need to build up to avoid tummy ache, or try buffered or Liposomal Vitamin C so you can take larger dosages without tummy problems. God Bless

Replied by Diana
Bc
06/22/2020
5 out of 5 stars

For those who still need an incentive to take Vitamin D for Covid-19, here is an interesting article from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service – “How we can fix this pandemic in a month” .. .

http://orthomolecular.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=b73ce398c39f506af761d2277d853a92.164&s=6dcb3dd2d4091f2940a80f781479dd83

I'm increasing my Vitamin D (via supplements) as well as taking complementary K2 and magnesium.

And in today's newsletter, Dr. Mercola mentioned just how important it is to get your Vitamin D levels up this summer (“The Most Important Paper Dr. Mercola Has Ever Written”).

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/06/22/vitamin-d-deficiency-research-paper.aspx?cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20200622Z1&et_cid=DM573726&et_rid=899622231

Don't wait for your doctor's approval or double-blind tests. Take control of your health – especially with all of the predictions (well, threats really) of the double whammy of flu and a second wave of Covid-19 this autumn.

Hmmm, what did we talk about before the coronavirus? I can't remember any more.


Posted by Rita (California) on 04/15/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I don't know if I had the Covid 19 virus, but I did have symptoms. I wasn't tested as my symptoms were VERY mild. Whatever it was, a flu or otherwise, it was the mildest "virus" I have ever had. I think the reason mine didn't get bad was because I had for the last 2 months been doing an herbal cleanse, specifically, Yerba Prima Women's RENEW Internal cleanse. It's a kit with three supplements. When sick, I took lysine, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A, B-complex, zinc and 3 capsules 3x a day of Goldenseal. Toward the end, I started taking Elderberry, Wild Cherry Bark, and a product called Bronchial clear and bayberry which is specific for respiratory problems. I believe the cleanse is what helped the most. Here's why: Back in the early 1990s I got chicken pox. My only symptoms were 5 pox marks. No fever, no typical viral symptoms. I had been doing a series of colonics to clean out my system when I got the chicken pox. I am convinced that it was cleaning out my body that kept the chicken pox mild. Recently, I watched a doctor on Facebook talk about the use of zinc and quinine. The quinine acts the same as the medications they are using to treat the corona virus. It helps the cells of the body to absorb zinc. He suggested 3-4 cups of tonic water containing quinine/day along with zinc. Probably try 30 mg. of zinc one or two times /day. Do not take large doses of zinc for more than a few days. Walmart carries tonic water. I found some yesterday up near the registers in the front of the store.

Replied by G. Baker
U.S.
04/27/2020

I, too, have heard doctors discuss using tonic water w/ quinine, but as a preventive, they stated only 3 - 4 ounces per day were needed. Adding 1/2 cup of unsweetened citrus juice will give you the daily requirement of vitamin C, which is also helpful in fighting the virus. Drinking it while standing in the sun to get your vitamin D will further strengthen the body. However, this virus is primarily hard on the elderly and those with underlying health problems. If the younger and healthier expose themselves to the virus, most will recover in about a week or two. That will allow herd immunity across the nation, which will be much more of a protection to the vulnerable.

Angus
UK
04/16/2020

Do online search for a review of the best tonic waters. I personally recommend FEVER TREE brand. Bye. Angus's


Posted by AJC (UK) on 04/04/2020
5 out of 5 stars

The well known herb Chinese Skullcap ( Scutellaria Baicalensis) has the ability to inhibit the enzyme neuraminidase produced by respiratory viruses to facilitate entry into host cells/lung tissue. Vitamin D3 too has antiviral properties in sufficiently high doses. Compounds within Elderberries have the potential to break down the "spikes" on the viral particle surfaces which attach to lung cells/tissues. Vitamin C in high doses can help reduce the cytokine storm damage in the lungs. Maybe none of these is a cure for Covid 19 but as the drug companies have nothing either then maybe these are worth at least considering?


Posted by rkmast (VA) on 03/02/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Vitamin C... 2-4g Oregano Oil capsules Vitamin D3 Garlic capsules Works great for any flu or virus! (2-3x per day)


Posted by Liz (Scranton, PA) on 02/28/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Two or three drops of iodine to distilled water in a hand-held sprayer. Inhale the mist frequently. Colloidal silver may also be used this way too but not together. High dose vitamin C, 10,000 mgs in water every hour or to bowel tolerance. til you feel better. Additional zinc daily with food (50mgs twice daily) Vitamin D 3 with K2 7. (Buy them together if you can.) 10,000 unit daily during close association with the illness.

Replied by C
United States
04/03/2020

I would disagree about buying K2 together with D3. Researched it deeply. Buy it separate because the K2 7 they use in combo with D3 is usually not the right kind or synthetic. K2 7 is very complicated to explain but many of the ones on the market are total crap to take. If it's too inexpensive than don't buy it because it's not the right kind to take. Pretty much any D3 is fine to use but that is not true of K2 7.