Nutrient Deficiencies in COVID-19: We talk about Selenium and Vitamin D Today!

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Did you hear that some nutrient deficiencies worsen COVID-19 outcomes? 

Selenium and COVID-19: 

Some health sources are now suggesting that selenium deficiency may possibly increase the risk for serious complications with coronavirus disease COVID-19. 

The current level of evidence is not strong of course. This is something relatively new and we cannot expect a lot of data. Two population-based studies linked low selenium status to severe COVID-19 outcomes, including increased risk of death. But both studies were small. 

What we really know is that true selenium deficiency is rare. Most people consume enough of it in their diet every day. But many with thyroid problems benefit from Selenium supplementation. And it will not hurt to pay more attention to getting enough of selenium just to feel safe. 

Fish, poultry, beef, and eggs contain a high amount of selenium. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of selenium is 55 mcg and eating just 3 ounces of salmon provides about 40 mcg of selenium. Please, note that if you are supplementing with selenium: doses above 400mcg may increase the risk of toxicity, so please get monitoring. 

And there’s always functional testing if you are ever ready to check your micronutrients. I often recommend that to my clients and we uncover very interesting things after seeing results. 

Vitamin D and COVID-19: 

Current official recommendations for vitamin D dosing are changing and while they are back in forth on those, we can do a few things. We can make sure that we get some sunlight (you need to spend around 15-30 minutes in direct sunlight each day); and if it is not an option, food and supplementation are the next best bet. You really should be getting vitamin D level tested regularly, especially if you have a chronic condition. 

Even with not sufficient data regarding positive outcomes in COVID-19 we have plenty of supporting data for vitamin D and chronic conditions like Crohn’s, Celiac, and others. Foods that are high in vitamin D include fish and the king of vitamin D food sources is Cod Liver Oil. If you cannot stand that, your next best bet would be swordfish and salmon. I know some people that just do not consume fish. Well, thankfully we have the testing options and amazing supplements today. 

I generally recommend vitamin D to be combined with Vit K for the best absorption. And it is important to have enough Calcium and Magnesium in your diet to improve vitamin D absorption as well. And if you know that you are not getting enough Calcium and Magnesium from your diet, then you can take supplements that combine them all. 

I wish you great health!

Below you would find my recommendations for trusted supplements:  

Selenium by Pure Encapsulations

Vitamin D supreme by DFH (vit D plus K)

Or Twice Daily Packets by DFH (multi-vitamin with vit D, K, Calcium, Magnesium, Omega and more).

You can register and purchase those from my DISPENSARY.  I would love some feedback. Please, follow the YouTube page, Subscribe, and comment under the videos. I know many have questions. 

Sending LOVE,

Dr. Inna

Dr. Inna lukyanovsky, PharmD

Dr. Inna lukyanovsky, PharmD

Doctor of Pharmacy, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Gut Health Expert and Best Selling Author of the book "Crohn's and Colitis Fix."

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