As famous by retired nursing instructor John Campbell1 within the video above, vitamin D is “an vital immunological molecule” that doubtless performs function within the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his video commentary, Campbell critiques numerous current papers stressing the significance of vitamin D, beginning with a press launch2 from the French Nationwide Academy of Medication, dated Could 22, 2020.
The press launch appropriately factors out that vitamin D is a prohormone, which 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 number 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 lively hormone that’s then circulated all through your physique. Folks with liver or kidney issues might have a lowered means to synthesize vitamin D. As famous by the French Nationwide Academy of Medication, 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 operate — and that “by mitigating the inflammatory storm and its penalties,” vitamin D “could possibly be thought of as an adjunct to any type of remedy.”