These Supplements May Help Reducing Risk of Contracting COVID-19

There is no concrete evidence that taking supplements might help patients to fight against the pandemic; however, it is reasonable to say that a healthy lifestyle and strong immunity functions would be beneficial for all people. And there are certain types of supplements that would be more helpful than the others.

According to a study done by King’s College London, analyzing data from 1.4 million users of the COVID Symptom Study app in the U.K., the United States, and Sweden has helped researchers to find out that four supplements across all the countries were associated with reduced risk of getting the virus — probiotics, multivitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D. Furthermore, the researchers broke down the numbers by sex and found that this reduced risk was found in females only. They suggest that this may be because women’s immune defenses get more of a boost from supplements.

Another article published in UCHealth also mentions zinc, vitamin D3, vitamin C, and melatonin as promising dietary supplements to decrease the risk of contracting COVID-19. However, it is noteworthy that taking extra amounts of those vitamins is most beneficial for people who are deficient in those things. And it should be keep in mind that LC omega-3s (DHA & EPA) must be added to our diets through ocean sources like fish or algae. 

Following the health officers’ recommendations, the best ways to protect yourself from the virus are wearing a mask, practicing safe social distancing guidelines, and frequent hand washing. And at the end, having a healthy body and mind is the best way to fight any disease.

People need to be doing things like regular and healthy eating, regular and healthy exercise, and regular and healthy stress management. If we’re healthy, our bodies are better adapted to handle microbial insults than if we’re overweight and overly stressed.

Dr. Ian Tullberg, medical director of UCHealth Urgent Care

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