Fears about COVID-19 have prompted online searches and plenty of misinformation about how to strengthen the immune system.
As worries grow about this novel coronavirus, online searches for ways to bolster the immune system have surged. Perhaps clarification of the best strategies to stay safe, who is most vulnerable to COVID-19, and a listing of vitamins and supplements that may give your immune system the best chance to do its job against COVID-19 are given here
Strategies for staying safe in the time of COVD-19
The messaging from the Federal & State Governments and the relevant health authorities in respect of this phase of the pandemic has been clear
Who is most vulnerable to COVID-19?
Because COVID-19 is a novel virus, humans do not have any immunity and so all of us are vulnerable.
The risk of serious illness from coronavirus increases if you are
65 years & older with a chronic medical condition which can include diabetes, pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, cardio-vascular disease, chronic arthritis
People 70 years and over
People with compromised immune systems
Give Your Immune System the Best Chance to Defend Itself
The bottom line is that there is no magic pill or a specific food guaranteed to bolster your immune system and protect you from COVID-19. But there are real ways you can take care of yourself and give your immune system the best chance to do its job against COVID-19. Eat a balanced diet and exercise, lower your stress levels, avoid excessive alcohol intake and improve your sleep habits.
Complementing these lifestyle habits we suggest a range of Metagenic practitioner only vitamins and supplements – here is a quick look at a range of supplements that may be helpful in boosting your immune system in the fight against COVID-19
Vitamin D: Liquid or Capsule
Adequate vitamin D is vital to the production of antimicrobial proteins that kill viruses and bacteria which are particularly active in the respiratory tract
Vitamin C: Tablets or Powder
Vitamin C may boost immunity by helping white blood cells function and can assist in fighting upper respiratory tract infection
Oral zinc has been studied as a supplement to prevent colds and as an acute remedy. A meta-analysis of randomised trials of oral zinc (lozenges, syrup, tablets) concluded that, statistically, healthy people who took oral zinc supplements for 5 months or more experienced fewer colds.
The study also found that when oral zinc was taken as an acute remedy within 24 hours of symptom onset, it statistically improved symptom duration and severity.
Immunogenics supports patients with an impaired immune response, assisting with immune system surveillance and modulation. AHCC™has been shown to enhance natural killer (NK) cell activity, cytokine production, whilst promoting macrophage activity and increasing the number and activity of dendritic cells.AHCC™ is well tolerated, making it suitable as an adjunct for immunosuppressed patients during and in between treatments to reduce possible side effects.
Super Mushroom Complex: Powder or Tablets
Coriolus & Reishi may enhance the strength and function of the immune system, provide symptomatic relief of upper respiratory tract infections including mucous congestion
Omega 3: Liquid or Capsules
Essential fatty acid
Supports healthy heart function and improves cognitive and neuronal function
Probiotics may help give your immune system a boost and inhibit the growth of harmful gut bacteria and have been shown to promote the production of natural antibodies in the body. They may also boost immune cells like the IgA-producing cells, T lymphocytes and natural killer cells.
Reduces the symptoms & duration of colds
Helps to stimulate the body’s natural immune response
Other supplements that support health and wellbeing
Magnesium: Fibroplex Magactive (available in tablets, powder & capsules)
Support for healthy muscle function
Co-enzyme Q10: Bio Q-Absorb
Supports heart health & cellular energy production
Healthy cell signalling & function
Protect cellular DNA against free radical damage
Daily protection for cell health & immunity
This blog is general in nature only and should not be relied upon as medical advice. For further information please contact our clinic.