When an Israeli study was published in February 2022, vitamin D made headlines. “Among individuals who had severe COVID, [researchers] did find some vitamin D deficiency in those patients,” says Nancy Fuller, APRN at Norton Healthcare. “This has led to the idea that perhaps vitamin D helps immune health as much as it helps the musculoskeletal system.” In her experience, Nancy has learned that people who don’t take a multivitamin or supplement have a fairly good chance of being in the low range or even deficient for vitamin D.
When it comes to adding a vitamin D supplement to boost overall health and reduce the chance of severe COVID, the best bet is to consider your own health baseline. “If you have some comorbidities like high blood pressure or diabetes, then doing some preventive things [like vitamin D supplementation] is going to be better for you,” Nancy says.
By Carrie Vittitoe