Vitamins & Minerals
For our immune system to be working normally we need a good diet plus, regular daily supplementing with some essential vitamins and minerals. Nutrients that we need in sufficient amounts to support immune system include vitamins C, D and zinc.
Immune system needs proper nutrition, especially during COVID times. Supercharge your lockdown nutrition, your natural defence during the pandemic, try to include more of these nutrients into your diet.
At present, no effective antiviral and anti-COVID therapy has been confirmed. There has been a previous suggestion that there is a role for vitamin supplementation to ease the severity of the common cold, the development of ARDS, and augment the immune system via antioxidant properties.
The role of vitamin and mineral supplementation or “immunonutrition” has previously been explored in a number of trials in intensive care settings.
The value of maintaining a diet containing a good balance of vitamins and minerals seems applicable to the general population during these unprecedented times.
Some researches have been showing the potential immune, antioxidant, and antimicrobial roles of vitamins A to E in the context of respiratory disease, and extrapolate this evidence to evaluate the potential roles in the fight against COVID-19.
Although there is currently no evidence to demonstrate a role for vitamin supplementation in the fight against COVID-19, there is strong scientific evidence, based on studies of vitamin physiology, pharmacology, and their role in clinical studies of infection and ARDS to indicate a role for vitamins in the battle against this global pandemic.
Beta-carotene/Vitamin A: Beta-carotene is a popular choice for many reasons. Once consumed, the body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A according to its needs. Vitamin A may help maintain the normal function of the immune system and the skin.
A lower vitamin A concentration may increase host susceptibility to influenza and SARS-CoV.
Vitamin C, owing to its potential role in attenuating upper respiratory tract infections, its antioxidant properties, and use as a high-dose intravenous therapy in ARDS and sepsis, may prove beneficial in COVID-19.
Iron. As well as supporting the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, iron contributes to the normal function of the immune system. Changes in your iron status can affect the body’s immune defence in various ways.
Selenium. The trace mineral, selenium, also deserves mention in any discussions on immune health. Selenium forms an integral part of the free radical scavenging enzyme Glutathione Peroxidase, which serve a vital natural antioxidant function in the body. As such, selenium has always been a popular choice for health since it contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
Vitamin K2. Crucially, vitamin K2 is needed for vitamin D absorption. And, as we’ve already mentioned, vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
B Vitamins. Members of the B vitamin family, niacin, vitamin B6, biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12 contribute to the normal function of the immune system. Many of the B vitamins – namely (B2) riboflavin and (B3) nicotinamide. Pantothenic acid (B5) and folic acid (B9) – also contribute to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
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