Immune Boosting Role Of Multivitamin Minerals To Fight Against Covid-1
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a global public health concern caused by the novel virus SARS-CoV-2 and represents a significant threat to healthcare worldwide.
But the administration of a proper dose of vitamins and minerals reduces the viral load of SARS-CoV-2 and also the length of hospitalization.
Adequate levels of vitamin D, C, E, zinc, selenium are important to lessen the symptoms and boost immunity.
Vitamin D has an immunomodulatory effect that provides innate immunity (the first line of defense against invading pathogens) to the host.
A study in Nutrients journal showed that supplementation of vitamin D decreases the severity and incidence of covid-19 infection.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that scavenges free radicals and confers a protective role in infectious diseases.
Zinc is a key mineral to boost both innate and acquired immunity. A study showed that zinc deficiency significantly increases levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines ( a protein that induces inflammation) in the lungs.
But supplementation with a proper dosage of zinc increases T-lymphocytes levels (white blood cells) to fights off the virus and reduce inflammation.
Selenium supplementation improves covid-19 recovery rate and enhances lymphocyte response to fights off the virus.
Vitamin E and selenium work together to increase the number of T-cells and decrease the risk of infection.