There is growing international evidence that taking a daily Vitamin D supplement offers protection against getting Covid-19. In addition evidence shows that it can help reduce the impact of Covid-19 if you do contract it.
The Irish population in general has an historically low level of Vitamin D with half of 18 to 39-year-olds, one-third of 50 to 59-year-olds and two-thirds of people over the age of 80 being deficient. We should all be encouraged to take a daily Vitamin D supplement to improve our health and provide an extra protection from the pandemic.
A report by a cross-party Oireachtas Committee on Health compared the situation in Ireland to Finland among other countries, saying it has some of the highest Vitamin D levels in Europe and has the lowest Covid-19 mortality rate per head of population in the EU.
As well as supporting our immunity Vitamin D plays an essential role in bone metabolism and muscle function. Sufficient levels of vitamin D are important for musculoskeletal injury prevention and recovery, and are associated with reduced inflammation and pain, stronger muscles, and better athletic performance. Apart from its role in preventing fractures and muscle injuries, research also suggests vitamin D may have performance-enhancing effects, boost mood and fight fatigue.