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What a time. Who would have thought in a space of a few weeks the world would be turned upside down, with a global spread of a deadly virus, a full fledged lock down, long standing queues to buy your groceries, and many grieving over lost family and friends. We would like to send a big thank you to all our NHS staff on the frontline, risking their lives to help everyone.

 

With hopes of getting back to normal, more and more research is emerging regarding the benefits of certain vitamins that could help reduce the incidence or atleast the severity of symptoms linked to this virus. Let’s have a closer look at these!

 

Vitamin D

 

Our vitamin D levels fluctuate over the year and that primarily because its synthesised in our bodies after exposure to sunlight. There have been many studies linking lower levels of vitamin D with increased infection. New emerging evidence has verified that Vitamin D supplementation could in fact reduce the risk of influenza and Covid-19 infections and death, by lowering the viral replication rates and reducing inflammation that injures the lining of the lungs. Foods that contain vitamin D include: mushrooms, salmon, tuna, eggs and some fortified foods. Seek advice from your doctor or healthcare provider before deciding on taking any supplements.

 
 

Vitamin C

 

A natural antioxidant that can’t be stored in the body but we need it in our body’s everyday. It is an essential part of our diet! It helps in the synthesis of collagen, the healing of wounds, and the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. Some evidence suggests prophylactic vitamin C modestly reduced cold duration by 8% in adults and 14% in children. There is also evidence that daily doses of vitamin C may shorten the duration and severity of colds, especially in children. Foods that have a great source of vitamin C include: blackcurrant , bell peppers, thyme, lemons, orange, broccoli etc.

 
 
 

Zinc

 

Zinc plays a vital role in the functioning of your immune cells, and therefore a vital role in COVID-19 outcomes. Although further studies are needed, researchers in Spain looked at the clinical severity of COVID-19 infections in patients admitted to hospital, and found that ‘Lower zinc levels at admission correlate with higher inflammation in the course of infection and poorer outcome’. Research published by Allergologia et Immunopathologia (2016) also shows that 5 daily mg of zinc, decreased the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections. Oh and our sense of smell and taste relies on ZINC. Foods high in zinc include: meat, legumes, nuts, dairy, eggs, wholegrain, dark chocolate.

This article should not be used to replace advice from your physician. It should be used merely as a guide to increase your awareness on the benefits of these vitamins and to promote healthy eating. In any case, seek advice from your doctor if you think about taking dietary supplements.

 

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