Vitamin D has always been integral to a healthy diet, but recent evidence suggests it may have a critical role in fighting COVID-19. According to new research, people with low vitamin D levels upon hospital admission for COVID-19 have an almost quadrupled chance of dying.
Vitamin D’s role in fighting COVID-19 is only beginning to be explored, but this vitamin already boasts a host of health benefits. It promotes healthy bone growth and can, according to medical research cited by Harvard University, even reduce cancer cell growth, help fight infections and reduce inflammation.
Do You Get Enough Vitamin D?
So, how can you get enough vitamin D in your diet? Let’s explore options that provide good amounts of this important nutrient.
Fish contain more vitamin D than any other food type, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That’s not all, though — fish also are a stellar source of protein, omega-3 fats and multiple minerals. Be careful, however, to follow FDA advisories about fish with high amounts of mercury.
Eggs are another source of vitamin D, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although they contain less vitamin D than fish, egg yolks nonetheless have a small amount of vitamin D, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Eggs also are a good source of phosphorous, calcium and potassium.
Although fish are among the few foods with a naturally high vitamin D content, other foods and drinks can be enhanced — or, fortified — to contain more vitamin D. Milk, for example, can be fortified with vitamin D.  For those avoiding animal products, fortified cereals and juices can provide a good alternative.
While food can provide varying amounts of vitamin D, it’s ultimately difficult to get enough from food alone. In fact, most people should take vitamin D supplements to get enough in their diet, according to Harvard University. Supplements come in many shapes and sizes, so choose wisely!
So, do you get enough vitamin D in your diet? With the rise of COVID-19, it might be more important than ever. Consult with your doctor, maintain a healthy diet and experience the wonders of vitamin D for yourself!