The best way to keep our bodies healthy and give it the tools to fight infection and diseases, is to keep our immune system functional.
With the flu season on the way, and the fight against the COVID-19 virus it is time to revisit our daily vitamin and mineral intake.
Here is a short list of the most beneficial Vitamins and minerals to take in order the get the best out of your supplementation.
Vitamin C: It is a potent anti-oxidant and is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues, to strengthen the immune system and help heal and repair systemic damage after injury and inflammation. It helps to reduce the duration and the severity of the common cold and flu. Supplement with a preventative dose of 75 mg per day and increase to 1000 mg during the first 5 days of your cold and the decrease to 400 mg per day for the duration of your cold.
Vitamin D: Clinical trails found that Vitamin D protects the immune system overall for the common cold and help to prevent upper respiratory tract : supplement with 400 IU/d per day.
Zinc Gluconate: It can significantly reduce the duration and severity for the common cold. Please note that large amounts of zinc is toxic and one should note take more than 13 mg of zinc per day for the duration of the cold. One should take zinc in combination with a zinc ionophore to enter the cells effectively: green tea, Matcha and Quercetin are good sources.
Selenium: It is useful to strengthen the immune system of patients suffering from newly emerging viral diseases. Supplement with 55 micro grams per day.
Coronavirus: The benefits of the above supplements are under investigation to similarly apply to Coronavirus with some anecdotal evidence. Scientific research supports these supplements as beneficial in dealing with viruses such as flu and even Ebola. These supplements, if used correctly, will protect you generally and potentially be supportive against COVID-19 and will not cause any harm.
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