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Can Vitamin D Protect You During this Coronavirus Pandemic?

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Can vitamin D help against COVID-19? Several publications and studies have suggested that maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D would seem potentially beneficial in fighting the COVID-19 infection.



We have searched through electronic databases which included PubMed.gov and ClinicalTrials.gov in order to compile and organize the relevant information related to vitamin D and COVID-19.

Vitamin D and COVID-19: The Evidence
A preprinted study published in June 2020 from Singapore (CW Tan, MedRxiv 2020), among 43 patients age 50 or older who were hospitalised with COVID-19, found that those who were started on a daily oral dose of vitamin D3 (1,000 IU), magnesium (150 mg) and vitamin B12 (500 mcg) within the first day of hospitalisation and continued up to 14 days were significantly less likely to require oxygen therapy and further intensive care.

According to an editorial review (Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2020) published in June 2020 by Irish researchers, people with vitamin D deficiency a…

GMOs: Are GMO Foods Safe?

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GMOs, short for genetically modified organisms, are subject to a lot of controversy. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), GMO seeds are used to plant over 90% of all maize (corn), cotton, and soy grown in the United States, which means that many of the foods you eat likely contain GMOs (1).



Although most notable organizations and research suggest that GMO foods are safe and sustainable, some people claim they may harm your health and the environment.

This article helps explain what GMOs are, provides a balanced explanation of their pros and cons, and gives guidance on how to identify GMO foods.

What are GMOs?

“GMO,” which stands for genetically modified organism, refers to any organism whose DNA has been modified using genetic engineering technology.

In the food industry, GMO crops have had genes added to them for various reasons, such as improving their growth, nutritional content, sustainability, pest resistance, and ease of farming (2Trusted Source).

While it’s po…

Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs)? Here's What You Need To Know

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Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are harmful compounds that are formed when protein or fat combine with sugar in the bloodstream. This process is called glycation (Trusted Source).

It's a fitting acronym (AGEs) because – along with oxidation – it's one of the major molecular mechanisms whereby damage accrues in your body, which leads to 'aging' and eventually, death.



AGEs accumulate naturally as you age and are created when certain foods are cooked at high temperatures.

This article explains all you need to know about AGEs, including what they are and how you can reduce your levels.

What are AGEs?

Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are harmful compounds that are formed when protein or fat combine with sugar in the bloodstream. This process is called glycation (2Trusted Source).

AGEs can also form in foods. Foods that have been exposed to high temperatures, such as during grilling, frying, or toasting, tend to be very high in these compounds.

In fact, diet is t…

How to Read Dietary Supplement Labels

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Eating a balanced diet is the best way to ensure that you’re meeting your vitamin and mineral needs. Still, under certain circumstances, taking a supplement may be necessary. Shopping for supplements can be incredibly challenging.



With so many supplements out there and so much information packed onto every product label, it can be tricky to even know where to start.

Fortunately, once you figure out how to read the labels, shopping for supplements becomes a breeze.

This article reviews some simple strategies.

Regulations on supplements

Dietary supplements are products that are intended to supplement your diet.

They’re available in a variety of forms, including tablet, capsule, liquid, pill, and powder.

Some common types of supplements include vitamins, minerals, enzymes, herbs, extracts, probiotics, and amino acids.

It’s important to keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate the safety or effectiveness of supplements the same way that it monitors drugs.

T…

How to Choose High Quality Vitamins and Supplements

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Dietary supplements are products that people use to add nutrients or other compounds to their bodies.

From individual vitamins and minerals to blends of nutrients and herbs, there are numerous supplement products on the market that claim to provide specific health benefits.



However, due to limited regulation, it’s not always clear which supplements are high quality, nor which are a waste of your money or even potentially dangerous.

This guide covers all you need to know about what supplements are and how to choose a safe and high quality product.
What are supplements, vitamins, minerals, and proprietary blends?

Supplements are products that are taken by mouth and contain a “dietary ingredient,” such as vitamins, minerals, herbs and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, probiotics, antioxidants, or other nutrients (1Trusted Source).

Available in numerous forms, including capsules, gummies, tinctures, powders, and liquids, dietary supplements are typically marketed as an easy and efficient…

Terrifying chart shows how Covid-19 patients who end up in hospital may die if they have a vitamin D deficiency

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Nearly 99 per cent of Covid-19 patients who are vitamin D deficient die, according to a terrifying study that adds to mounting evidence that the 'sunshine' nutrient could be a coronavirus life-saver. Indonesian researchers analysed hospital records of 780 people who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.



Results revealed 98.9 per cent of infected patients defined as vitamin D deficient — below 20ng/ml — died. Yet this fell to just 4.1 per cent for patients who had enough of the nutrient.

Researchers warned the study was not definitive, however, because the patients with high vitamin D levels were healthier and younger.

It comes as health chiefs are urgently reviewing the use of vitamin D as a coronavirus lifesaver, with several studies suggesting that Covid-19 patients are far more likely to die if they have a deficiency.

One investigation – carried out by Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge – found European countries with lower vitamin D lev…

10 Best Supplements for Your Immune System to Fight Against the latest Coronavirus (Updated)

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There are just too many self-proclaimed medical experts recommending all kinds of supplements for COVID-19 out there. Do they actually work? Some supplements do have evidence and some don't. This guide can help you make sense of the options and to separate the facts from fiction.



Of course, the most important thing you can do to avoid infection with coronavirus is to prevent exposure by following the latest recommendations of the CDC and World Health Organization and take steps to stay healthy, including getting adequate sleep and exercise and eating a healthful diet that includes adequate (but not excessive) intakes of essential nutrients, such as vitamins C and D. Also take steps to control hypertension and blood sugar fluctuations with diabetes, as these conditions are associated with more severe disease if infected.



Can Supplements help against COVID-19? 

Research has shown that supplementing with certain vitamins, minerals and other substances can improve immune response and p…

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