2 Supplements to Help Beat COVID-19

Here are 2 supplements that can help decrease the severity of COVID-19. These supplements are backed by research.

Let’s see what the evidence shows…

These are not medical recommendations. This is a summary of the evidence linked to at the NIH. You definitely need to consult your personal doctor to determine the best course of action for yourself. 

Zinc

There are multiple studies showing zinc inhibiting the replication of a number of viruses, including those causing the common cold and the original SARS-CoV.  Evidence is strongest when using Zinc within 24 hours of symptoms.

There are, of course, studies that show no benefit to taking zinc with a common cold, but most medical reviews acknowledge there can be a benefit.

Check out the National Institute of Health’s site on zinc for a full rundown of risks, benefits, etc – https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/

Vitamin D

The truth is that around 35% of US adults are vitamin D insufficient?

Vitamin D comes from diet and sunlight.  Unfortunately, many people’s diets are deficient in Vitamin D, and on top of that, most people get inadequate sun exposure.  Vitamin D does a lot of things in your body and has a major role in immune function and decreasing inflammation.

Here is a partial list of all the groups at risk of vitamin D insufficiency: 

  • Older adults
  • Anyone who is overweight
  • People with an unbalanced diet
  • Individuals with limited sun exposure
  • People with dark skin
  • People with inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, or kidney disease
  • Those on certain medications

There is strong evidence that adequate vitamin D can/may help reduce the inflammatory response to SARS-CoV2 infection, and inflammation is a major cause of morbidity and mortality with COVID-19.

There is very strong circumstantial evidence in population studies, that populations with higher levels of vitamin D have significantly lower mortality rates from COVID-19.  This is after controlling for other factors that may contribute to the severity of the disease.

Supplementation is generally safe, however it is possible to overdose, and 2/3 of Americans won’t need supplementation.  However, it is always a good idea to consult with your physician, get your Vitamin D levels checked, and if indicated, start suppVlementation.

Again, check out NIH’s website for more info: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/