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I've been taking all the vitamins starting well before the outbreak, including more than the R.D.A. of C, D, E, zinc - and melatonin before retiring at night. They're cheap. It makes me scratch my why these vitamin / mineral /hormone correlations are not communicated with some urgency as a strategy for disease mitigation.
The correlations involving zinc, Vitamin D, and melatonin as items that reduce the severity of a COVID infection (or a common cold, for that matter) keep appearing in the medical studies. Taking vitamins, if not in excess, is at worst harmless, as far as I know. It's a cheap risk mitigation.
We're happy to decimate economies, sabotage the development of our children, and torment the elderly by isolation - but we can't be encouraged to take our vitamins?
OK! SO what does the RDA mean? While I would agree that the government has a poor history of getting stuff right, the RDA is published by the government but it is determined by scientists and doctors. So is some guy on the internet right and the scientists and doctors are wrong? I mean the RDA is either right or any Tom Dick and Harry on the internet is wiser than the scientists and doctors. Don't get me wrong, I recognize that the RDA is updated from time to time and there are changes, usually minor changes. But do you think that over all these years all these scientists and doctors conspired to understate the amount of vitamin D our body needs?
Here is my problem with most of those who call for massive doses of this vitamin or that mineral; Without exception they are crazy on almost everything not just vitamin D or vitamin B12 (the two most popular amongst the fake doctors). They also think you should be consuming turmeric by the bottle full or garlic or ginger or something. They advise purge diets and think things stay in your colon for years. And those are the more 'sane' beliefs. These are the people who are advising you to take more vitamin D.
Besides we all know it is the super beets that will cure covid, right?
I'm not a medical professional, but the Recommended Daily Allowance is just the guideline on what the average human adult body needs as a minimum, and is what is normally already provided by a healthy diet. The problem with Vitamin D is that shut-ins, in particular the elderly who are institutionalized in Assisted Living / Nursing homes / Memory care, are not getting their daily dose of sunshine, and hence are deficient. About 30 minutes of steady sun exposure is needed for the body to create sufficient Vitamin D - or, you need to take supplements.
Taking the R.D.A. of vitamins, in addition to a regular diet, just means you're getting what you need, to me - none of the R.D.A.s would be considered mega-dosing. I don't agree that it's quacks that are advocating that Vitamin D is correlated to lessened COVID severity. There have been a numbers of papers in the journals noting this.
LOL. It was rhetorical. I was kinda trolling. As in "we have a recommended daily allowance did you think they were kidding?"
It isn't the minimum requirement it is the average requirement plus a margin of error.
You may not believe that they are quacks but if you check they are not advocating taking a little vitamin D to bring up your intake to the RDA they typically advocate 500% to 1000% of the RDA.
Wouldn't it be great! Take 500% of the RDA of vitamins and never get sick. No covid, no flu, no cancer (yes some of the quacks say that too). Wouldn't it be great??? But just because it makes a wonderful fairy tale and some learned people like it doesn't make it true. It could be true at just about the same odds that I could win Power Ball. But common sense tells me that the reason it doesn't make the cut with the regular/normal scientists and doctors is because there is simply no actual proof it is true. I agree that they should study it more because... wouldn't it be great! But I'm not holding my breath on this.