Vitamin D, Iron & More Lab Markers to Check for COVID-19

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

With COVID-19, there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding how hard it might hit you. I have never seen a viral infection that has such a broad range of effects, with many literally feeling no symptoms while others get so sick they have to be hospitalized.

Most of my family in New York and many friends got COVID. We’re talking about more than 20 people I know personally who have had it. The results were very different for each person. Some people were hit hard, while others had little to no symptoms.

Experts are now stating that Coronavirus will never be eradicated and we’ll most likely be living with it for years to come. At the rate of spread in the US, within a year, the majority of the population will have it.

What this means is that COVID is the flu 2.0, but more severe. And people are simply going to need to prepare their body for this and other infections as well.

Getting the tools you need to boost your immune response and optimize your health needs to be a huge priority for everyone.

The perfect way to completely prepare your body for any coronavirus infection is to make personalized changes based on your weaknesses. This means combining the information in your genes with your current lab results to dramatically decrease any risk of severe complications.

Genes and labs go hand-in-hand to give you the full roadmap to optimal health. There are certain lab tests that you can take that will determine how equipped your immune response is in fighting off COVID-19.

Keep reading to find out which 3 lab markers and their related genes you can look at to reduce your susceptibility to COVID-19 complications.

Vitamin D and the VDR Gene

The first lab marker you need to look at is Vitamin D! Vitamin D is extremely important for your immune system. It keeps excessive inflammation at bay, and since many COVID-19 deaths are due to cytokine storms, you must have optimal Vitamin D levels.

You can upload your lab test results into our Lab Test Analyzer tool to see whether or not your Vitamin D levels are in the optimal range. If it’s low, you can check whether or not your Vitamin D Receptor Gene (VDR) helps you absorb it efficiently, and then implement your personalized recommendations to effectively increase your vitamin D levels!

In fact, that’s the exact process I did, and now my Vitamin D levels are perfect!

Iron Deficiency and the TF Gene

Next, get your iron levels tested! Iron is necessary for producing white blood cells and cytokines that help with the immune response.

Low iron levels interfere with immune function and can skew the immune response away from Th1 (pro-inflammatory) and towards Th2 (anti-inflammatory), which lowers the body’s ability to fight off viral infection like COVID-19.

However, excessive iron levels in the body can also be toxic, so it’s important to know whether or not you’re in the optimal range. The Lab Test Analyzer tool will tell you if your results aren’t optimal and give you recommendations to increase or decrease your iron levels as needed.

If you do have sub-optimal iron levels, you’ll also want to check your TF gene. Your TF gene plays a role in how well your body absorbs iron and disperses it throughout your body, so understanding your genotype can help you determine exactly how much iron you should be consuming to get your levels to the optimal range.

For example, two people can eat the same meal with the same amount of iron, but the person with the negative TF gene variant will end up absorbing less of that iron than someone that has the positive gene variant.

IL6 Levels & the IL6 Gene

Finally you want to get your IL-6 levels tested. I’ve talked about the IL6 gene a lot because it is SUPER important to COVID-19. This gene is associated with:

  • Respiratory infection susceptibility
  • Cytokine storms – when your body’s immune system damages our body rather than protect it
  • ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) – which developed in the majority of patients that died from COVID-19

Your genes may predispose you for higher IL-6 levels during an infection, which can lead to all the issues stated above, even if you don’t have increased IL-6 levels before an infection.

However, it’s extremely important to check your IL-6 levels now because if they start out elevated, it could make complications from COVID-19 even worse.

Based on your IL-6 levels, Lab Test Analyzer will give you personalized recommendations to get your levels to the optimal range. Be sure to check these levels now, before you’re infected, so that you can make the necessary changes to reduce the chances of serious complications from coronavirus.

Check Your Immune System Health with Lab Test Analyzer

These are just three examples, but there are plenty more genes and labs that correlate with one another. In fact, we’re working on releasing Lab Reports that go more in-depth on these topics, and you can only access them as a SelfDecode member!

Combining all the information from your COVID-19 DNA report with your lab results is the perfect way to completely prepare your body from any coronavirus infection and dramatically decrease your risk of severe complications.

Now, you can check all these lab markers with Lab Test Analyzer AND all these genes with SelfDecode with one single membership. You get both, for the price of one.

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

As a kid, Joe suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, mood and other issues that were poorly understood in both conventional and alternative medicine.Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation and self-learning to improve his health--something that has since become known as “biohacking”. With thousands of experiments and pubmed articles under his belt, Joe founded SelfHacked, the resource that was missing when he needed it. SelfHacked now gets millions of monthly readers.Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is the CEO of SelfHacked, SelfDecode and LabTestAnalyzer.His mission is to help people gain access to the most up-to-date, unbiased, and science-based ways to optimize their health.

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