With the spread of COVID-19 all over the world in less than a month, it led to people sharing tips and discussing disease prevention. From disinfecting surfaces, ensuring rooms are well-ventilated, and getting your hands on a surgical face mask, what else can you do now to protect you and your family?
Coronavirus, like the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndromes (SARS), is a strain of the flu-virus. The best way to fight a flu is to boost your immunity with vitamins. To effectively protect you and your family, don’t forget that the fight starts from within!
But which vitamin would help - Vitamin C or D?
When we think of the flu, we think of Vitamin C and how, as a child our Mothers would never let us pass a day without a dose of Vitamin C supplement. Vitamin C is helpful to prevent the common cold and boost our intake of it, we can easily attain it through various available food source intake. But the same cannot be said for Vitamin D.
Many studies have now shown how having sufficient Vitamin D is also equally as important to boost immunity and prevent infection, and this may seem surprising to many as Vitamin D is usually synonymous with bone health (which is also true). In general, Vitamin D serves many functions, from helping with stronger bones and teeth, improving cardiovascular health, and prevention of diseases. Vitamin D is essential for your health and supports bodily functions.
Recent studies in the US have found a correlation between deficient vitamin D levels and higher cases of common respiratory infections.It was discovered that 36% of those with deficient levels of vitamin D in their blood were more likely to report having a recent upper respiratory tract infection than those with higher levels*.
So if Vitamin D is great for your body, where to get some?
The easiest way to get some Vitamin D is to get out and about in the sun! Our bodies are able to produce Vitamin D via exposure to sunlight. However, these days we hear more people are deficient in Vitamin D due to lifestyle changes. Much of the population have now switched from farm/outdoor work to office/indoor work, and we are probably exposed to more LED lights than sunlight these days. Furthermore, with the lifestyles and food habits we have today, our livers and kidneys may not be efficient to synthesis the Vitamin D naturally like before, despite incorporating foods high in Vitamin D in your diet such as fatty fish, eggs, and fortified milk.. Hence, we may be deficient in Vitamin D.
The daily dose of Vitamin D a child needs is about 400-600 IU and for an adult, 600-800 IU of Vitamin D per day. Eating and getting some sun may not be sufficient to meet that daily intake. Turn to sustainable health supplements to help make up that intake.
What kind of Vitamin D supplement to take?
Vitamin D supplements are plenty and come in a variety of dosages to help you and your family meet the minimum daily requirement. Take note that Vitamin D supplements are usually made of sheep's wool. Fun fact: lanolin is a grease secreted by sheep and other wool-bearing animals. So if you’re vegan or if you find ingesting sheep hair unappetising, try Vitamin D sourced from lichen! Lichen, a type of moss is rich in D3 which is easily absorbed and utilised by the body.
If you're looking for sustainable Vitamin D supplements, see what Ora Organic can do for you!
Each Ora Organic Vegan Vitamin D tablet gives you about 2000 IU. Enough to boost your immunity, strengthen your bones, and support your body.
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