While the world waits for a definitive treatment, cure, or vaccine for COVID-19, studies have shown a significant correlation between a low level of vitamin D in the blood and a greater risk of infection.
Vitamin D deficiency has now been shown to increase susceptibility to COVID-19 and increase the risk of COVID-19 severity, including ICU admission and death. Conversely, other published studies have also shown those with higher vitamin D levels (over 30 ng/ml or 75 nmol/L) have a reduced risk of severe symptoms and death due to COVID-19.
Vitamin D Deficiency
In fact, an analysis of over 190,000 Americans found that having vitamin D levels of at least 50 ng/ml resulted in a 53% lower positivity rate than those whose levels were less than 20 ng/ml! The first-published randomized controlled trial on vitamin D and COVID-19 found that adding vitamin D to the standard treatment nearly eliminated ICU admissions and did eliminate deaths.
These scientific facts, based on research supported by GrassrootsHealth and other clinical research groups, should have your full and complete attention. HOWEVER, increasing vitamin D supplementation is not, in an of itself, a solution.
Over the past decade, Dr. Carolyn Dean has been educating the public on the role of magnesium in vitamin D metabolism. Too much vitamin D can deplete magnesium and cause magnesium deficiency symptoms. The amount of magnesium required to process high blood levels of Vitamin D might contribute to more migraines, heart palpitations, AFib, and insomnia when they take vitamin D.
“While many people are beginning to realize the amazing health benefits that vitamin D has to offer in the prevention of disease, they may not be getting the full benefits from vitamin D without also supplementing their diets with magnesium, which is a vital nutrient that works synergistically with vitamin D,”Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle.
Magnesium and Vitamin D Metabolism
Magnesium is so important in vitamin D metabolism that optimum levels of storage vitamin D and magnesium are much more effective in producing active vitamin D than high dose vitamin D.
Magnesium As A Requirement
The paper “Magnesium, Vitamin D Status and Mortality” in BMC Medicine displays a detailed flow chart of vitamin D metabolism, which shows that magnesium is required in 8 crucial steps. In addition, a recent paper released in 2018 demonstrates found that magnesium intake significantly interacted with vitamin D in relation to vitamin D status and risk of mortality.
Dr. Taylor Wallace recently published a very important paper outlining magnesium’s role in immune resilience providing a summary of experimental findings and knowledge of the biochemical role magnesium may play in the pathogenesis of COVID-19 is presented in this perspective.