Vitamins' Shield From Coronavirus

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies make your body vulnerable

Vitamins for coronavirus

Vitamins for coronavirus

Part One

Researchers writing in the Journal of Medical Virology say these vitamins, minerals, and other supplements are needed in optimal amounts to prevent pathogens from invading your tissues.

VITAMIN A FOR LUNG DEFENSE

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There are three active forms of vitamin A in the body: retinol, retinal, and retinoic acid. Vitamin A is also called the “anti‐infective” vitamin because the body’s defenses against infection depend on an adequate supply. Vitamin A supplementation has reduced morbidity and mortality in different infectious diseases such as measles, diarrhea, measles‐related pneumonia, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and malaria, all of which share a largely viral origin.

In veterinary medicine, which attempts to control viral herd infections, low vitamin A diets compromised the effectiveness of inactivated bovine coronavirus vaccines and rendered calves more susceptible to disease. The same could be true for low vitamin A levels’ impact on human defenses against COVID-19.

In another veterinary study, the effect of infection with infectious bronchitis virus, a kind of coronavirus, was more pronounced in chickens fed a diet marginally deficient in vitamin A than in those fed a diet adequate in vitamin A.

WAKES UP CELL DEFENSES

The mechanism by which vitamin A and retinoids inhibit measles replication is upregulating elements of the innate immune response in uninfected bystander cells, making them refractory to productive infection during subsequent rounds of viral replication.

Therefore, vitamin A could be a promising option for the treatment of this novel coronavirus and the prevention of lung infection.

ReferencesZhang L, Liu Y.Potential interventions for novel coronavirus in China: A systematic review.J Med Virol. 2020 May;92(5):479-490. doi: 10.1002/jmv.25707. Epub 2020 Mar 3.

See Part Two: Vitamins B-Complex, C, D, and E boost viral protection

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