The short answer: none. A longer answer and explanation is below.
This question likely originates in the myriad internet and social media posts saying that having the healthiest immune system possible before getting vaccinated is crucial in getting the best response.
THAT IS LIKELY TRUE.
However, what is likely NOT true are ads or posts claiming that taking the right mix of vitamins and minerals can help strengthen your immune system.
Prompted by the COVID pandemic, one Boston-based company is marketing the product Vacci-Prep, which is a mix of vitamins C, A, and D3, along with zinc, selenium, amino acids, and probiotics.
According to WebMD, Martin Floreani, president and CEO of Dentovations, the company making the new drug combination, says, “We recommend starting it 7 days before the vaccine and 7 days after,”
The product is expected to be available online in mid-February.
However, the company acknowledges that NO research exists to verify it can increase the immune response to the COVID vaccines. Nevertheless, he claims the list of vitamins and minerals was chosen based on other research suggesting the supplements helped immune response with other vaccinations.
For instance, he cites a study finding that having a healthy level of vitamin D was linked with a better response to the flu vaccine in a small study of prostate cancer patients.
Another study found that giving children vitamins A and D when they were low in those vitamins improved responses to the flu vaccine.
Blanka Kaplan, MD, a specialist in adult and pediatric allergy and immunology at Northwell Health in Great Neck, NY. is skeptical, and tells WebMD, “There is no scientific data that shows that taking any vitamins, minerals, or probiotics prior to the vaccination will prevent an allergic reaction or will improve the immune response to the vaccine.”
She does recommend getting enough sleep, staying physically active and well-hydrated, along with eating well to give your immune system the best chance to “do its job.”
I would agree. See my recent blog: My Patients Ask — Some say behavior changes give a better COVID vaccine response.
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