The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a renewed interest in the benefits of Vitamin D. Reports linking a deficiency in vitamin D to COVID-19 have inundated our social media feeds — so why is this vitamin important? And why do we need to have our levels checked? Dr. Taz Bhatia, an immune support and wellness physician, explains the benefits and myths of this key nutrient.
Vitamin D plays a number of critical roles in the body. “It helps us fight off bacteria and viruses, and it protects us from autoimmune diseases,” Bhatia says. It’s also beneficial for bone health. “Patients that don't get enough vitamin D often have more rashes,” she explains. “They have more hormone imbalances, and these are also the patients who are getting sick more frequently."