Updated: Mar 3, 2021
Throughout this turbulent last year we have heard very little about the importance of Vitamin D in boosting immune health. David Davis MP is championing its use and availability but so late in! Why does it matter, what is the evidence? And what foods & which supplements should you take to support natural immune health?
Something strange has been going on with Vitamin D over the past year. On the one hand, a great deal of evidence has been produced, unearthed and repackaged with regards to it being a powerful supplement which not only helps to boost our immune system, but actually contributes to many of the core bodily functions. On the other hand, there has been wide scale reluctance, even at times resistance by the state, media and big pharmaceutical companies in acknowledging its importance - in fact at times actively trying to suppress knowledge of its effectiveness. Whilst this political tug-of-war has played out we continue to stumble blindly through a repetitive sequence of lockdowns towards the end goal of vaccines. Years ago, the widely held belief was that Vitamin D was involved in the uptake of calcium and a shortage of it would lead to bone weakness. It was often therefore attributed the niche label of helping to fight brittle bones. More recent studies have shown it to be a very important measure in the prevention of colds and winter ailments and these articles began to receive wider attention, with revisions and adjustments taking place, especially around a 2017 paper looking into action against respiratory disease. The overwhelming evidence from this was that Vitamin D appeared to significantly reduce the effect of colds, flu and pneumonia and perhaps even have a positive impact on every single cell in the human body. In March last year people began to point to the presence of vitamin D contributing towards improved immunity and indeed since then the majority of people who have died from Covid 19 have been found to have been vitamin D deficient. Here is a chemical compound, an essential nutrient that is cheap to make, exists in plentiful supply and benefits from years of testing and refinement. At a micro level it has been proven to be involved in the switching on and off of over 300 genes that are involved in the immune system and also the modulation of inflammation. It is backed by scientific logic and data and has been pushed by a wide range of people, most notably by MP David Davis throughout the course of the Covid 19 pandemic and yet has largely been eschewed by the state. In the spring of 2020, the British Government was asked to produce a trial investigation which they failed to do. Instead they looked at a collection of random studies and chose to focus upon one of these, concluding that there was no overwhelming evidence to give it any further attention. The studies were severely statistically flawed but instead of arranging a randomly controlled trial (the usual course of action), they turned this opportunity down, electing to venture down the path of mandatory masks, further lockdown restrictions and eventually mass vaccination. It is almost as if the technocrats advising the government felt that they were too clever for such a problem to be potentially at least partly resolved by existing natural means. Perhaps then, if they were willing to reject alternative scientific studies, they could look instead to the concept of Vitamin D as a natural component in our systems and where it has proven to have made a difference.
We generate this natural element from exposure to sunlight, so the further north from the equator we live, the less natural vitamin D we produce. In the Nordic countries, there have been various responses to Covid 19, ranging from the libertarian approach of Sweden to the tight controls of Norway. In spite of these differences, the fatality rates in all these countries is relatively low and the reason for this is because in Norway, Finland and Sweden they have already established a system of supplementation and fortification against respiratory disease by adding vitamin D to most of their food.
Human prejudice means that experts tend to avoid spending their time on things they consider beneath them, but in the case of vitamin D a potential answer is staring them right in their faces.
Vitamin D is harder to absorb and retain as we age and if we are very overweight. And as we emerge from lockdown having suppressed our collective immunity it is important to think of ways to strengthen our innate immune systems.
Vitamin D3 is recommended as a daily supplement at 100mgns. It can be found naturally in smoked and fresh salmon, fresh halibut and mackerel, sardines and mushrooms. All foods we at Llamas look forward to incorporating into our menu just as soon as we can and all food worth incorporating into our daily diets right now.
You can read up more on the science in this post here here and here and discover more about supplements and foods here.