Our immune systems have a key role to play in maintaining our overall health, and vitamin D could help to support this
In Ireland, calls to include vitamin D as part of a national strategy to tackle COVID-19 continue to gain momentum as people await vaccination. Health experts have pushed Ireland’s government to act on recent evidence showing the benefits of vitamin D for immunity.
As far back as May 2020, the government faced calls to consider vitamin D as a potential way to ward off the virus’s more serious effects, and in November 2020, the Irish Department of Health recommended that elderly citizens take vitamin D supplements on a daily basis.
However, in a recent online meeting of the Joint Health Committee, Dr Daniel McCartney criticised the lack of official action to encourage vitamin D intake despite a wealth of research.
Dr McCartney commented: “Despite the now dozens of positive studies including tens of thousands of participants, there has been no policy change in Ireland.”
Describing the benefits of vitamin D supplements, Dr McCartney described it as “an extremely low risk, readily implemented, cheap and potentially highly effective intervention to mitigate this public health crisis.”
Irish MP Emer Higgins also highlighted the importance of vitamin D supplements for immunity, tweeting: ‘We must make Vitamin D part of our Living With Covid Plan’.
How does vitamin D support immunity?
So why is vitamin D such a hot topic in these COVID-dominated times? There is plenty of evidence out there which highlights the beneficial role vitamin D can play in supporting and strengthening our body’s immune response. This evidence takes on an even greater importance during a crisis which has left us all fearing for our own health and the health of our loved ones.
Vitamin D is key to the proper functioning of your immune system, which is your body’s first line of defence against infection and disease. With both anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties, vitamin D plays a crucial role in promoting immune response and is vital for the activation of immune system defences.
This has made vitamin D a key talking point during the COVID-19 pandemic, as studies have highlighted it as a way to potentially stave off some of the more serious symptoms of the virus.
A recent study looked at the impact of vitamin D levels on 235 hospital patients with COVID-19. In patients older than 40, those with adequate levels of vitamin D were 51.5% less likely to have adverse outcomes like hypoxia, unconsciousness and even death.
Meanwhile, a review of more than 11,000 people from 14 countries found that supplementing with vitamin D reduced your chances of developing an acute respiratory infection (ARI) by 12%.
Combining seaweed and vitamin D
Doctor Seaweed’s Weed & Wonderful Immunity+ capsules provide an easy way to get your daily dose of vitamin D, while also providing the health benefits of seaweed and vitamin B12.
We’ve talked a lot about the health benefits of seaweed on our blog, including its naturally high iodine content. Our Immunity+ capsules contain nothing but natural seaweed powder, vitamin B12 and vitamin D3. This combination of ingredients allows our capsules to contribute to numerous health benefits including immune system function, thyroid health and function, reduced tiredness, energy yielding metabolism, normal cognitive function, and normal bone and muscle function.