Coronavirus Prevention: Which Vitamins, Supplements To Take During Pandemic

The novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 targets people with low immunity or the immunocompromised. Hence, the elderly are the most affected during the pandemic since most of them already have weak immune systems and have other conditions.

However, there have been reports about children contracting the fatal virus as well. Late last month, a 13-year-old boy died at a London hospital due to the virus. So this just means that SARS-CoV-2 is not selective and could infect just about anyone.

To prevent yourself from catching the virus, you should arm yourself with immune-boosting vitamins and supplements on top of eating healthy and exercising regularly. But with the numerous drugs available on the market, choosing and sticking to a few could be hard.

Fortunately, Dr. Axe has listed which vitamins and supplements are really capable of boosting the immune system and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

For vitamins and minerals, vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B6, zinc, iron and selenium are highly recommended. These micronutrients are known to boost immunity and fend off infections. It is important to note that high-dose vitamin C infusions are even used by some healthcare workers in treating COVID-19 patients.

While there is no clear evidence that vitamin C is capable of treating patients with coronavirus, doctors have claimed that maintaining vitamin C levels in the body could help manage the symptoms and provide a stop-gap until the real cure becomes available.

Selenium is also worth noting because of its antioxidant property that neutralizes free radicals and counters cell damage. Some studies also point to this mineral’s ability to prevent widespread inflammation and initiating the immune response against certain pathogens.

As for the supplements that you should be taking during the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Axe has listed elderberry syrup, oregano essential oil, turmeric, holy basil and probiotics. Each of them promotes good immunity and helps prevent certain infections.

Elderberry syrup is commonly used in treating flu symptoms and upper respiratory disease symptoms. On the other hand, oregano does a good job when it comes to inactivating certain pathogenic bacteria strains. Meanwhile, probiotics improve overall immune function on top of enhancing digestion. The other two supplements remarkably provide protection against certain conditions like allergies and viral infections.

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