‘90 Percent Are Deficient in Vitamin D’: These 5 Deficiencies Are Critical

‘90 Percent Are Deficient in Vitamin D’: These 5 Deficiencies Are Critical
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Jingduan Yang

Some people have severe or prolonged symptoms after getting COVID-19, and others suffer from various vaccine injuries after receiving the COVID-19 vaccines. What nutrients can alleviate these injuries?

In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, vitamins have been instrumental. Almost every vitamin discovered was accompanied by a Nobel Prize, and they have solved many major health problems for the human race.

The Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open published a study which found that “Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of COVID-19.”

Vitamin D receptors are found on immune cells in the human body. When vitamin D binds to immune cell receptors, it regulates the expression of genes in immune cells and suppresses inflammatory cells through gene regulation. Therefore, vitamin D can regulate autoimmune diseases, such as lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis.

A prospective study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) observed 25,871 elderly subjects over a period of 5.3 years, and found that vitamin D had a beneficial effect in reducing autoimmune diseases.
In addition, an Israeli study published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS ONE) analyzed some patients who contracted COVID-19 between April 7, 2020 and February 4, 2021, and found that people with vitamin D deficiency had 14 times higher rates of serious illness than those without; and the mortality rate was 25 percent for those with vitamin D deficiency, and only 2.5 percent for those without.

Vitamin D deficiency has become a widespread phenomenon due to the increase in the amount of time people spend indoors. And according to Dr. Jingduan Yang, director of Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine, in his clinical experience, 90 percent of patients are vitamin D deficient.

How do we supplement vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is better absorbed when consumed with foods that contain lipids. Vitamin D is stored in adipocytes after entering the body and is slowly released.

However, if you have problems with your kidney or liver function, you must discuss the dosage with your doctor before taking vitamin D supplements.

Fish Oil for Vaccine Injuries

Fish oil contains an important ingredient, omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids, which have a strong antioxidant effect and can also block the binding of SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and ACE2 receptors in cells.

The spike proteins have to bind to the receptors of human cells in order to damage the cells. So by blocking the binding of spike proteins, omega-3 fatty acids can protect cells.

Omega-3 and omega-6 are both unsaturated fatty acids that require dietary intake and cannot be synthesized by the human body. The optimal intake ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 is 1:4.

However, since the modern Western diet is high in omega-6, the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 has reached 1:14 or even 1:24.

Omega-6 has the effect of promoting inflammatory responses, which is perhaps one of the reasons why there are a lot of chronic inflammation and chronic diseases. However, the inflammatory responses are self-protective responses of the human body, such as fever and coughing, so we should not artificially control them, unless as a last resort.

We can try to keep the balance between the two fatty acids.

There are many types of fish oil in the market, which ones should we choose?

Fish produce fish oil by eating marine plankton, such as krill and algae. Therefore, there is also krill oil and algae fish oil on the market, but they are both expensive.

The second type of fish oil is directly extracted from captured fish, so it’s  natural wild fish oil with the advantage of not having been chemically processed. However, it is difficult to control its omega-3 content, and there is a risk of contamination by seawater.

The third type is processed fish oil. Fish oil is processed and extracted by using ethanol, and one type of processed fish oil is ethanol-based. In order to be more in line with nature, some manufacturers will add an extra procedure and re-esterify it to triglyceride fish oil for better absorption. This is usually stated on the packaging, so you can pay special attention to this when choosing fish oil.

82 Percent of Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 Lack Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has many functions: it can prevent and treat scurvy, be used as an antioxidant, relieve upper respiratory tract infections, shorten hospital stays, reduce the risk of death, and inhibit viral and bacterial replications.

Vitamin C supplementation is effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and helps treat long COVID symptoms and COVID-19 vaccine injuries.

A study published in the Nutrition Journal found that 82 percent of critically ill patients with COVID-19 were deficient in vitamin C.
The recommended doses of vitamin C are generally for healthy individuals. It is important to discuss with your doctor whether you should take vitamin C supplementation and how much is needed based on your health status—we can also supplement vitamin C by eating fruits and vegetables.

Zinc Can Stop Viral Replication and Is Associated With Many COVID-19 Drugs

Zinc is also extremely important to our body, as it provides our body with over 300 types of enzymes. Enzymes are needed to catalyze various important biochemical reactions in our body, and they play a very important role in keeping us healthy.

In the fight against COVID-19, zinc has another role: it can enter the cells to stop the replication and transcription of the SARS-COV-2 virus. Some effective COVID-19 drugs, such as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, and the flavonoid quercetin, have the ability to promote the entry of zinc into the cells, thus blocking the replication of the virus.

According to a Spanish study comparing COVID-19 patients with and without zinc deficiency, the mortality rate was 21 percent in patients with zinc deficiency and 5 percent in patients without zinc deficiency; and the recovery time was three times faster in patients without zinc deficiency than in patients with zinc deficiency.

There is a clinical disease called pyrroluria, an epigenetic disease in which the patients produce excessive amounts of pyrrole uric acid in their bodies. Excess pyrrole uric acid causes a large amount of zinc to be excreted in the urine. Patients are prone to anxiety and nervousness, and their moods fluctuate greatly, while their immune function decreases.

We can see that zinc plays a very crucial role in our physical and mental health. We can also supplement zinc with foods.

Probiotics Guard the Intestinal Tract and Enhance the Immune System

There is also another element–probiotics. What exactly are probiotics, and what are their benefits to our health?

The number of bacteria in our intestinal tract is enormous, and they resemble various tiny countries within our body.

Probiotics play many roles in our intestinal tract. They can protect the mucous membrane of our intestines, and promote the metabolism, transformation, and absorption of food. Damage to the intestinal tract’s health will affect our body’s absorption of nutrients and lead to the body’s inability to defend against harmful substances, resulting in immune diseases. Therefore, probiotics can play an important role in protecting our immune system. And we can also intake probiotics from many natural foods.

Furthermore, the balance of our gut microbiome is also very important. Besides keeping probiotics well-replenished, we should also keep them diverse, so that they can suppress many bad bacteria in the body that may cause infections. Therefore, if you find yourself with chronic allergic reactions of autoimmune diseases, joint pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and other problems, you should consider whether or not it is related to the imbalance of the intestinal microbiome.

There are many types of probiotics. The answers to the questions of which probiotics to choose and how much to supplement vary from person to person.

There is a branch of modern medicine called functional medicine, which recognizes the relationship between the gastrointestinal tract functions and the health of the whole body.

Traditional Chinese medicine has a profound understanding of the regulation of the spleen and stomach and the health of the intestinal tract, and modern medicine is increasingly aware of the importance of the digestive system. Therefore, Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine are not two different medical disciplines. Instead, they are just different levels of medical understanding–traditional Chinese medicine is aware of the energy level, while Western medicine is developing in the structural and biochemical aspects.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have gradually learned how to take care of their own health, and the most important method of which is a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits, which help maintain our physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Jingduan Yang, M.D. F.A.P.A. is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in integrative and traditional Chinese medicine for chronic mental, behavioral, and physical illnesses. He contributed to the books "Integrative Psychiatry," "Medicine Matters," and "Integrative Therapies for Cancer." Co-authored "Facing East: Ancient Secrets for Beauty+Health for Modern Age" by HarperCollins and "Clinical Acupuncture and Ancient Chinese Medicine" by Oxford Press. Dr. Yang is also the founder of the Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine and the American Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and the CEO of Northern Medical Center, Middletown, New York, since July 2022.
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