What about COVID-19 and ANY dietary supplement?

Long-time readers know that my “go-to” sources for natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are ConsumerLab.com and Natural Medicines(TM). ConsumerLab has posted about coronavirus and supplements:

Although several supplements may potentially reduce symptoms of a cold or flu, none can prevent infection with coronavirus or any other virus.

Nevertheless, it is always worthwhile to fortify yourself to be in the best position to fight infection.

In addition to getting adequate sleep and general nutrition, the safest way to do this with supplements is to be sure you are getting sufficient vitamin Cvitamin D and zinc, as all are important for a well-functioning immune system.

As described in our posts this last week, this can typically be done with foods and/or supplements. 

You can also get good amounts of vitamins C and D, zinc, and other essential vitamins and minerals from a basic multivitamin.

ConsumerLab has tested a wide variety of multivitamins and has published its Top Picks in its Multivitamin Supplements Review, which contains extensive information about the benefits and risks of multivitamins and how they compare on ingredients, quality, and price. 

Of course, the most important thing you can do to avoid infection with coronavirus is to prevent exposure by following the latest recommendations of the CDC and World Health Organization and take steps to stay healthy, including getting adequate sleep, keeping up with your daily exercise, and eating a healthy nutritious diet. 

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2 Responses to What about COVID-19 and ANY dietary supplement?

  1. Larry Ingle says:

    For the past twelve years I’ve taken Zinc Picolinate, as recommended by my Acupuncturist and have found it to be by far the most vital supplement I’ve ever taken. Scientific studies indicate that Zinc Picolinate is the most
    absorbible form of Zinc.

  2. Larry,

    Your last sentence may be accurate. For example, according to ConsumerLab.com, “Zinc supplements come in various forms, known as zinc salts or complexes and include zinc sulfate, zinc acetate, zinc gluconate, zinc citrate, and zinc picolinate, zinc bis-glycinate, among others. There have been limited studies comparing the absorption of the various forms of zinc but there is no conclusive evidence as to which form, if any, is best absorbed or most effective at increasing zinc levels in the body.”

    The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database says, of zinc supplements, “LIKELY SAFE …when used orally and appropriately. Zinc is safe in amounts that do not exceed the tolerable upper intake level (UL) of 40 mg/day.”

    I hope this information is helpful.

    Dr. Walt

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