Boosting Your Body’s Natural Immunity
Let me start off by stating that no supplement or diet is going to protect you from COVID-19. There are of course lifestyle modifications, which can reduce the potential for contraction. It starts with the new buzz words “social distancing” and proper hygiene. In short, wash and sanitize and keep your safe distances.
Supplement for Deficiencies
We always try to refer to supplements as “aids,” not treatments, cures or prevention for anything. Health and wellness begin with a good diet and regular exercise. With a proper diet your body produces most of your daily requirements. To be clear, any claim you hear about supplement abilities to treat or prevent COVID-19 are false, according to the National Institute of Health.
However, a stronger and healthier body may logically result in a superior immune response. There is no shortage of studies spanning decades which indicate the usefulness of certain supplements:
- Vitamin C and Zinc reducing the duration of colds
- Echinacea promoting slightly quicker recover from colds
- Elderberry reducing the symptoms of viral upper respiratory infections
- Garlic reducing the incidence of the common cold
- Vitamin D deficiencies adversely increases chances of sickness
Yet with all the decades of research it is clear that more studies are necessary. As with any supplements or people with medical conditions you should consult a physician prior to taking anything.
Do Your Own Homework
It’s funny, yet a bit discomforting at times when you visit your healthcare professional and they’re googling your symptoms or medication to see what’s new. The National Institute of Health is a treasure trove of publishing of studies and research in their raw form. You will find for every positive study for a particular supplement there may be others either resulting in disparate results or limited to one that is most promising.
Often people take the position, if it’s not going to harm me (which again is for a healthcare professional who knows you to determine) I might as well seek the benefits. One can empathize with the frustration when hearing of a friend who takes a supplement and has successful results and doesn’t work for you. The fact is, everyone’s body reacts differently due to innumerable factors. More importantly, what can be beneficial to one can result in adverse reactions to others. This is why we recommend do your homework and read. There are many good resources which you can bring to the attention of your healthcare professional for their ultimate opinion.