Vitamin D Supplementation’s Role in Preventing COVID-19 – a survey

Personal health care with the onset of cooler weather and our move indoors which exposes us more closely to airborne viruses has never been more topical. Dr. Moondust, biochemist and founder of Moondust Cosmetics® shares useful comments on care based on her recent in person, small scale survey. You will find her notes to support your own immune system easy to read and adapt in this interview (Also on video here – part 1 part 2 part 3)

Welcome Dr. Moondust 

Q. Now, since the last time we met, you’ve conducted some new and very interesting research which could be relevant to the topic of people who are not vaccinated for Covid-19.  It was a small scale, in person survey – what can you tell us about it? 

Well, this summer, I was allowed to travel to Europe on special consideration as a scientist to study the effectiveness of vitamin & mineral supplementation on those people who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons, health considerations, or personal choice.  

Even before the pandemic, the doctors at the clinic I visited had been advocating a supplementation powder to their patients for maintaining optimal health with vitamin D, zinc, and CoQ-10 for ATP formation. ATP is the basic energy unit of the human body. 

Q. Do I assume correctly that this is to do with vitamin D & zinc – topics we touched on in earlier videos? 

Well, sort of – this survey was about vitamin D, which we might call the minimum or basic supplementation. Although vitamin D deficiency has already been correlated with an increased risk of mortality from COVID-19 infection in a European study, one of the clinic doctors told me that a colleague in Eastern Europe had reported that there were no COVID-19 patients who displayed vitamin D sufficiency in ICU at his hospital.   

Q. Well, isn’t that interesting…what sort of people might be exempt from vaccination? 

There are actually a number of factors that might preclude one from vaccination. For example, any person who has ever had a very bad reaction to a vaccine, may choose to forego it; somebody who is in very poor health or severely underweight or malnourished. They could have low protein levels or be vitamin deficient. They may not be a prime candidate for vaccination as their body might not be able to tolerate the vaccine; it might not be suitable for someone who is highly allergic since it may cause them difficulty in breathing; people with various blood clotting disorders and other diseases for which there is no vaccination data.     

Looking at solutions 

Q. Did you find a solution that might help people with such health challenges?  

Yes, then, I started my survey of the patients at the clinic and found one very interesting result with a couple in their 80s who had a healthy diet and occasionally ate meat. While the wife had taken fish oil as a vitamin D supplement and did not contract COVID-19 infection, the husband who had taken only flaxseed oil as a supplement had become very ill with coronavirus and had to be hospitalized. (Although the husband had been vaccinated subsequently, the wife had not) 

However, another younger purely vegetarian couple was using a combination of nut and seed oils to fulfill their essential fatty acid requirements including flaxseed oil, hemp seed oil, and a special nut oil from South America rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 derived from sacha inchi (Sacha Inchi oil) in addition to a vitamin D supplement. Neither of them had contracted the coronavirus. (They were not in favour of vaccination) 

Interestingly, one of the patients at the clinic had been taking algae oil as a supplement in addition to vitamin D capsules (2000 IU/day). Although she was 78, she did not contract coronavirus. (She could not be vaccinated for medical reasons) 

One other interesting finding in the survey was that even those who supplement their diets regularly with meat and fish do not have sufficient vitamin D levels to prevent COVID-19 infections. One vitamin D pill of 20,000 IU per week was recommended by the clinic to one 68 year old patient for coronavirus prevention. (He was not in favour of vaccination and had not contracted coronavirus)  

Q. So all along we have been saying Vitamin D is there a special form of vitamin D that we should be taking … 

Yes, we are talking about Vitamin D3 or Cholecalciferol. It is the most bioavailable form. 

 Summary of supplements one might want to consider to support health and the body’s ability to ward off infection   

Q. These are fascinating examples we have heard, and it’s so good to have your information come from direct observation and in person scientific survey. 

Can you sum up your findings so we can have some clear points to take away?  It seems there are 3 key points: 

So, vitamin C, D, and Zinc, possibly in combination with Omega-3, 6, 9 fatty acids, are the ideal supplementation combo for COVID-19 prevention; however, if you cannot do that, vitamin D supplements are the basic prevention plan. To summarize the findings from this small survey – 

1. Even if you eat meat & fish regularly, this does not provide sufficient vitamin D to help prevent COVID-19 infection. 

2. Fish oil appears to be the preferred natural vitamin D supplement for protection against COVID-19; it is also important to note that the types of omega-3s found in fish oil have greater health benefits than the omega-3s found in some plant sources like flaxseed oil. The main omega-3s in fish oil are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) while the omega-3 in plant sources is mainly ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). 

3. There are also other exciting new and unusual oils available with essential fatty acids that may have additional health benefits taken in conjunction with vitamin D supplements like: hemp seed oil  –   Hemp seeds are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) and linoleic acid (omega-6), Sacha Inchi oil  –   Its components include vitamin A and E, omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids, algae oil – Certain species of microalgae are especially rich in two of the main types of omega-3 fatty acids — eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). 

Back to school, virus caution and care continue 

Q. Parents, students and their teachers have back to school on their mind. What are the implications for children under 12 who cannot be vaccinated, yet, due to a lack of data in this age group, as they return to a third school year impacted by COVID-19 care and cautions? 

So, these kids should definitely be receiving adequate vitamin D supplementation that is appropriate for their age group. In fact, it would be great if schools could get behind this initiative and monitor or provide vitamin D supplements to these kids (600 IU is the daily dose recommended by the FDA for this age group)  

Much changes as we gain new knowledge. It’s important to be aware of evolving information. We encourage looking at trusted sources and of course checking with your own health care team to find the best solutions for you and your families.  

We have a personal stake and individual power to keep our mind, body and spirits in good form!   

For more personal health care posts of interest and a peak into the science Dr. Moondust write about visit the website for Moondust Cosmetics.   

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