Sadly the number of black men who have died in the UK from Covid-19 is the highest of all. The link between Vitamin D and BAME people has been made, as darker skins absorb less Vitamin D than whiter skin. This is well suited to hot countries, but not for the British climate where it is possible not to spend time in the sun for six months a year. Vitamin D is made in the body when bare skin is exposed to sunlight.
Research into the link between Vitamin D levels and death from Covid-19 has been carried out by Indonesian scientists, and also jointly by researchers at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and the University of Liverpool, UK, but findings have not yet been finalised or verified. The Indonesian research studies suggest that almost all (98.9 per cent) of the Covid-19 patients who were deficient in Vitamin D died of the disease. The Indonesian scientists analysed the hospital records of 780 people who tested positive for Covid-19. Of those people who had enough Vitamin D in their systems only 4.1 per cent of cases led to death.
NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence in the UK) said the following about these trials: ‘There is no evidence to support taking vitamin D supplements to specifically prevent or treat COVID-19. However, all people should continue to follow UK Government advice on daily Vitamin D supplementation to maintain bone and muscle health during the COVID-19 pandemic’.
In climates like that of the UK, it has been shown that many of us are deficient in Vitamin D by the end of the winter. Vitamin D is produced in the body when it is exposed to sunlight. To get enough sun you need to have your skin exposed and be in it frequently. Therefore, it’s not a question of how sunny it is, but whether you are exposed to it. If you spend your days inside or if your skin is usually covered up when you are outside you won’t benefit.
In theory, you can ask your doctor about having a Vitamin D test. This vital vitamin is responsible for maintaining healthy bones and teeth, effective muscle function, and keeping the heart and nervous system healthy, and enabling the blood to clot properly. Vitamin D has also been linked to preventing colds and maintaining a healthy digestive system. If you cannot get a Vitamin D test from the doctor you could pay for one. Yorktest do an Essential Health Test which includes Vitamin D levels.
Our Vitamin D levels are very low at the end of winter but they are particularly low among Asians living in Britain all the time. In fact there is talk that rickets has returned among some Asian children.
Of course this takes common sense – being out in the sun for hours on end so that your skin is going pink and getting sore is crazy. But having a healthy amount of sunshine as often as possible is good for you.
You can take Vitamin D supplements, and this is certainly a good idea in winter, and you can get it from food – oily fish, fortified cereal, dairy products and fortified margarine. But it is natural to have sunlight on our bodies. It’s good to be cautious but not extreme!
You can either take a daily spray of Vitamin D: Better You DLux 1000iu D3 spray (15ml),
Better You DLux 1000 oral vitamin D3 spray 15ml.
FSC Vitamin D 2500Iu 60 Tablets.
Health Aid Vitamin D3 10,000iu, 30 vegicaps.
Higher Nature Vitamin D 500iu, 60 capsules.
To purchase these, go to www.superfooduk.com and put in the Healthy Soul promotion code: HSoul1 to get a 5% discount.