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Brazilian study: High doses of vitamin "D" do not benefit Corona patients

A new Brazilian study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that a high dose of vitamin D does not have a beneficial effect on moderate or severe corona patients, according to the "News Medical" website.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of São Paulo Medical School, involved 240 patients who were treated for Coronavirus in a number of hospitals in São Paulo, Brazil, from June to August 2020.

Dr Rosa Pereira, lead author of the study, said: "Previous animal studies or laboratory experiments have shown that in certain situations vitamin D can have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects, in addition to modulating the immune response."

She added: "We decided to investigate whether a high dose of vitamin D could have a protective effect in the context of acute viral infection of Corona."

The researchers randomly divided volunteers into two groups, one of whom was given vitamin D3 in a single dose of 200,000 units dissolved in a peanut oil solution, the other group was only given a peanut oil solution and all participants were treated according to a standard hospital treatment protocol for the disease, which includes administration of antibiotics. Vital and anti-inflammatory drugs.

The main goal was to find out whether the acute supplementation would affect the length of stay in the hospital for these patients, but the researchers also wanted to know if it would reduce the risks of ICU admission, ventilation, and death, but the researchers did not notice any significant difference between groups for any of these. Clinical results.

The ideal level of vitamin D in the blood varies with age and general health.

Older adults and patients with chronic diseases including osteoporosis should have more than 30 ng / mL of blood vitamin D, and for healthy adults, 20 ng / mL of the vitamin.