Vitamin D can help reduce coronavirus risk by 54%: Boston University doctor: The sunshine vitamin is easy to find and relatively cheap
- Holick and his colleagues studied blood samples from Quest Diagnostics of more than 190,000 Americans from all 50 states and found that those who had deficient levels of vitamin D had 54% higher COVID positivity compared to those with adequate levels of vitamin D in the blood.
- Holick’s study examined the ZIP codes of people of color and found patients from predominantly Black and Hispanic ZIP codes had lower levels of vitamin D and were also more likely to have coronavirus than in patients from predominantly white, non-Hispanic ZIP codes.
The average adult needs around 2,000 units of vitamin D a day. Ways to increase vitamin D include:
- Get outside and absorb more sunshine.
- Eat fish higher in vitamin D, like salmon and canned tuna.
- Eat foods the help activate vitamin D in your body, like bananas.
- Take a supplement.