VIRUS AND THE VACCIN REPORTER: STUDY SHOW VITAMIN D CAN PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN HOW THE CORONAVIRUS AFFECTS YOU. >> WE’VE ALWAYS SUSPECTED THAT VITAMIN D PLAYS A ROLE IN IMMUNE HEALTH. REPORTER: DOCTOR ARIELLE LEVITAN SAYS NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR VITAMINS. >> WE KNOW THERE’S THAT LINK BETWEEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND VITAMIN D. WHAT DO WE HAVE SEEN DURING COVID, THERE IS CORRELATION FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE MORE SEVERE CASES, THEY TEND TO BE MORE VITAMIN D DEFICIENT. REPORTER: LEVITAN EXPLAINS THERE ARE VITAMIN-D RECEPTORS ON WHITE BLOOD CELLS, WHICH ARE THE CELLS THAT HELP YOUR BODY FIGHT INFECTIO >> I WOULD SAY THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS RIGHT NO ARE DEFICIENT, SO MOST PEOPLE NEED TO SUPPLEMENT. REPORTER: FOR PATIENTS WHO CONTRACT COVID 19, LEVITAN SUGGESTS BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS LIKE VITAMIN C AND ZINC. AND IF YOU’RE GETTING THE VACCINE, YOU CAN MINIMIZE SIDE EFFECTS THROUGH HYDRATION, ELECTROLYTES AND MAGNESIUM. >> THE VAST MAJORITY OF SIDE EFFECTS ARE VERY MILD AND LIMITED, AND AT THE MOST ARE IN INCONVENIENCE. AND IF IT DOES HAPPEN ONE THING TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS SHOWING A RESPONSE AND ITS ACTUALLY A GOOD THING. REPORTER: LEVITAN SAYS MEDICATION LIKE TYLENOL, ADVIL OR BENADRYL CAN HELP WITH ACHES OR ITCHING, BUT ADVISES NOT TO PRE-TREAT BEFORE GETTING THE VACCINE, BECAUSE IT COULD REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF IT. LEVITAN SAYS NO MATTER YOUR SITUATION, IT’S IMPORTANT TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR AND MAKE INDIVIDUALIZED P
Doctor turned author says Vitamin D can lessen the coronavirus side effects
Although cases are on a month-long decline in Louisville, there are still more than 300 people being treated at local hospitals.WLKY reporter Julie Dolan talked to a doctor, turned author about minimizing side effects for the virus and the vaccine.Click the player above to learn more.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —
Although cases are on a month-long decline in Louisville, there are still more than 300 people being treated at local hospitals.
WLKY reporter Julie Dolan talked to a doctor, turned author about minimizing side effects for the virus and the vaccine.
Click the player above to learn more.