Vitamin D May Help Battle Covid-19 Infection, Says Boston University Study

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine say plenty of vitamin D may be a big help in combating Covid-19, according to the findings of a new study. 

The research team reviewed records of patients with Covid-19 at the hospital from parts of last year to determine how the bodies of patients who were “vitamin D sufficient” responded to the virus, compared to those who did not have enough vitamin d.

According to Researcher Dr. Michael Holick, patients of normal weight that had good vitamin d levels --- including elderly patients --- had more than a 70 percent reduced risk of developing serous medical complications from Covid-19.

He added that those patients also had a more than 80 percent reduced risk of dying from a Covid-19 infection.

"I think that the message is that everyone should consider improving their vitamin d status -- especially in the era of Covid, by taking a vitamin d supplement," Dr. Holick said.

The study was conducted in adult patients with Covid-19 older than the age of 18 who were hospitalized at the BU hospital during the period of March and August of 2020.

WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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